Jun 23, 2016

PPL Foundation awards more than $450,000 in sustaining grants to 95 community organizations

PPL’s sustaining grants program provides grants up to $25,000 to local nonprofit organizations focused on improving education, developing the workforce and revitalizing the communities we serve.


Cover to Cover at Cleveland ElementaryThe PPL Foundation awarded more than $450,000 in sustaining grants to 95 nonprofit organizations across Pennsylvania to support their efforts to improve education, develop the future workforce and revitalize communities.

“At PPL, our commitment to the communities we serve guides our work every day. Whether it’s delivering power to homes or businesses or volunteering as tutors at local schools, our employees bring that commitment to life,” said Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation. “The PPL Foundation’s sustaining grant program allows us to further that commitment through partnerships with nonprofit organizations that have a meaningful and positive impact on communities throughout northern and central Pennsylvania. Together we are working to empower communities.”

The awards announced in June 2016 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:

4-H Club of Milford Pennsylvania Foundation of the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy
American Red Cross of North Central Pennsylvania Foundation of The Lancaster Chamber for THRIVE! Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, Boy Scouts of America
American Red Cross of the Greater Lehigh Valley Friends of the Nescopeck Pennsylvania College of Technology Community Arts Center
Audubon Pennsylvania Friendship Community of Lititz Pennsylvania Dutch Council, Boy Scouts of America
Berwick Area YMCA Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science
Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership Pocono Environmental Education Center
Bloomsburg Area YMCA Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA Pottsville Area Development Corporation
Bloomsburg Exchange Greene-Dreher Historical Society Pottsville Free Public Library
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Harrisburg Area YMCA, Northern Dauphin County YMCA Revitalize Montgomery, Montgomery Area Lions Club
Bloomsburg University Foundation’s STEM Magnet program Harrisburg Parks Foundation (Foundation for Enhancing Communities) Safe Harbour in Carlisle
Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association Schuylkill Chamber Foundation
Brandon’s Forever Home in Hazleton Hazleton Area Education Foundation Scranton Area Foundation
Brodheads Watershed Association Historical Society of Perry County Scranton Neighborhood Housing Services
Building 21 Allentown Hope Station Opportunity Area Neighborhood Council SEEDS of Northeastern PA
Burnley Workshop of the Poconos Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation Skills in Scranton Business Education Partnership
Camp Victory, Nicholas Wolff Foundation, in Millville Lancaster Area Habitat for Humanity Snyder-Union-Northumberland Habitat for Humanity
Casa Guadalupe Center in Allentown Lancaster City Alliance SUNCOM Industries in Northumberland
Central Susquehanna Valley Mediation Center Leadership Lackawanna The Literacy Center in Allentown
Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley LEAF Project The Salvation Army in Allentown
Community Theatre League in Williamsport League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania United Charities of West Hazleton
Concerned Parents of the Hazleton Area Lehigh Valley Business Education Partnership for CareerFORCE Center Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition
Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology Little Shamokin Creek Watershed Association Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program
Devereux Foundation in Newfoundland Lock Haven Area YMCA Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University
East Stroudsburg University’s Center for Research and Economic Development STEP (Lycoming-Clinton Counties Commission for Community Action) Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA
Eastern PA Coalition For Abandoned Mine Reclamation Manada Conservancy in Hummelstown Workforce Wayne
Eckley Miners’ Village Associates Merrill Linn Land & Waterways Conservancy Employment Opportunity & Training Center of Northeastern PA
Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America    


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:

Allentown Public Library Northampton Area Public Library Tamaqua Public Library
Berwick Public Library Orangeville Public Library, Inc. United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s Summer Learning Coalition
Cops ‘n’ Kids Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre Via of the Lehigh Valley
Degenstein Public Library Palmerton Area Library WVIA Clubhouse in the Classroom
Hazleton Public Library Shamokin Coal Township Public Library Lancaster Public Library
Snyder County Libraries    


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.