Jun 28, 2017

PPL Foundation awards $450,000 to more than 70 community organizations throughout Pennsylvania

empowering communities

The PPL Foundation’s sustaining grants program provides grants up to $25,000 to support education, workforce development and community revitalization initiatives.

Organizations helping to interest young students in science and technology, assist entrepreneurs in starting small businesses that create jobs, and provide opportunities for the disadvantaged in our communities are just some of the many nonprofit agencies getting a boost from the PPL Foundation.

The PPL Foundation on Wednesday (6/28) announced $450,000 in grants to more than 70 nonprofit organizations across Pennsylvania to support their efforts to improve education, develop the future workforce and revitalize communities.

“Each day throughout the areas we serve, everyday heroes at nonprofit organizations roll up their sleeves and go to work to lift up our communities,” said Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation. “They don’t seek the limelight. They are simply about helping others and making the world a better place. We share their values, and the PPL Foundation is proud to support the tremendous work they do.

“With the help of this year’s grants, more children who might not otherwise have a single age-appropriate book in their home will have their very own books to read and keep,” Hill said. “More parents of inner-city children will have safe places to send their kids where they can learn, play and grow. More of tomorrow’s leaders will learn about the importance of conserving natural resources. And more neighbors in our diverse communities will have opportunities they may not otherwise have.”

The awards announced in June 2017 support a variety of projects in PPL Foundation’s focus areas: education, workforce development and community revitalization. The Foundation’s sustaining grants, ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 each, provide organizations with funding for specific projects or general operating funds.

PPL is committed to supporting communities across its 29-county service area and providing tools that help empower economic vitality.

The initiatives and projects that received support through the PPL Foundation Sustaining Grant program include:

203 West Main Street Inc. – The Exchange American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation
Billtown Blues Association Inc. Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Boys & Girls Club of Allentown
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center Brodhead Watershed Association Can Do Foundation, Hazleton
Capital Region Economic Development Corporation (CREDC) Casa Guadalupe Center Catholic Social Services Diocese of Scranton
Central PA Business & Education Association Common Wheel Community Theatre League, Inc.
Concerned Parents of the Hazleton Area Diamond City Partnership, Wilkes-Barre Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress
Employment Opportunity & Training Center of Northeastern PA Factory Ministries FE Foundation
Friends of the Columbia County Traveling Library Inc. Fulton Theatre Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania
Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association
Hazleton Integration Project Inc. Honesdale Communities That Care Juniata County Library
Junior Achievement Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation Inc. Lancaster Habitat for Humanity
Leadership Lackawanna Leadership, Education and Farming – L.E.A.F. Project League of Women Voters of PA
Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation Lewisburg Children’s Museum Literacy Center
Merrill Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy Milagro House Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America
Mom’s House New Hope Ministries Northeast PA Manufacturers and Employers Council Inc.
Penn College – Community Arts Center Penn State Harrisburg Penn State Lehigh Valley – Teen Entrepreneurship Summer Challenge
Pennsylvania College of Technology – Maker Space Pennsylvania Envirothon Pinebrook Family Answers
Pocono Environmental Education Center R2C2 Incorporated Roller Education Foundation
Salvation Army Schuylkill Chamber Foundation Inc. Scranton Area Foundation Inc.
Scranton Neighborhood Housing Services Skills in Scranton Business Education Partnership Susquehanna Greenway Partnership
The Common Wheel Union-Snyder Work Skills United Community Services for Working Families: YouthBuild AmeriCorps
United Way of Greater Hazleton – Dolly Parton Imagination Library Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition Valley Youth House Committee, Inc.
Wilkes University/Institute for Public Policy Williamsport Symphony Orchestra YWCA – Allentown

In support of Cover to Cover, the PPL Foundation’s new initiative to improve child literacy through reading and summer learning programs, additional grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Lancaster Library
  • Lower Anthracite Region United Way, Shamokin
  • Montgomery House Library, McEwensville
  • Orangeville Public Library
  • Osterhout Library, Wilkes-Barre
  • Tamaqua Public Library
  • Via of the Lehigh Valley

The PPL Foundation awards grants in spring and fall. The next grant cycle — for major grants — begins in August. To be considered for a grant, all organizations must apply online. Please visit www.pplcares.com to learn more.

Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation supports organizations that are doing innovative and groundbreaking work to create vital, sustainable communities and empowering each citizen to fulfill her or his potential. The PPL Foundation contributes more than $2 million annually to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in north and central Pennsylvania.