PPL Foundation awards Pennsylvania nonprofits grants to improve education, promote development of sustainable communities.
13 community organizations awarded more than $575,000 in PPL Foundation grants.
A cybersecurity laboratory to help a community college expand its curriculum, an after-school program to help engage at-risk students and allow them to explore potential career opportunities, the expansion of a homeless shelter and a grassroots initiative to help stem the spread of gun violence in Allentown are a few of the innovative programs the PPL Foundation is supporting through major grants in 2019.
In 2019, the PPL Foundation awarded more than $575,000 in grants to 13 nonprofit organizations.
The foundation’s support is helping organizations fulfill their missions across the company’s 29-county service territory in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania.
Major Grant recipients are:
- Allentown Economic Development Corporation received a grant of $50,000 for a collaborative project to enhance a makerspace in the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center in Allentown to focus on industrial arts instruction for local after-school programs.
- American Rescue Workers in Williamsport received a grant of $40,000 for a project to make critical structural improvements to the only shelter providing services for homeless families in Lycoming County.
- Hazleton Area Recreation Program received a grant of $45,000 for a youth recreation program that is a filling a void in the community for after-school recreational and mentoring opportunities.
- Joshua Group in Harrisburg received a grant of $25,000 to help expand the number of children being served by a vital after-school program.
- Lancaster Equity Inc. received a grant of $40,000 for the development of a new park and playground on Beaver Street, a direct request of neighbors in the community who are working collaboratively to improve the community.
- Northampton County Area Community College Foundation received a grant of $35,000 for a cybersecurity laboratory and equipment to provide students expanded opportunities in this growing industry.
- Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Foundation received a grant of $50,000 for the development of an innovative fund that will be used to provide faculty and staff resources to develop, test and quickly implement ideas to help transform public higher education in Pennsylvania.
- Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley received a grant of $50,000 for Zero Youth Violence, a grassroots program aimed at stemming gun violence in Allentown.
- Summit Early Learning in Lewisburg received a grant of $47,000 to develop a makerspace program for Head Start classrooms in Snyder County, providing training materials for teachers and exposing young students to STEM concepts.
- Tabor Community Services in Lancaster received a grant of $50,000 to expand the capacity of its eviction prevention program, to help stabilize neighborhoods by providing at-risk tenants with financial counseling, mediation with landlords and short-term financial assistance.
- The Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology in Allentown received a grant of $45,000 for a teambuilding STEM competition for all fourth-grade students in the Allentown School District.
- The Galaxy Fund in Allentown received a grant of $50,000 to support the Learning Dome at Dieruff High School.
- Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance received a grant of $50,000 for SHINE, an after-school program that supports at-risk students in three rural school districts in Northeast Pennsylvania.