Sustaining grants.

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

Why sustaining grants?

To support education initiatives; promote diversity, equity and inclusion; and strengthen community resources. Funds will be used to inspire students to explore career opportunities, facilitate community conversations on diversity and inclusion, encourage environmental conservation in the next generation and much more.

100+

nonprofit organizations

100+

communities supported

$450K

in sustaining grants awarded

“We want to see the communities where we live and work remain vibrant, healthy and strong. The PPL Foundation allows us to give back to the community in ways that improve the lives and well-being of residents.”

Tracie Witter, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities

A typical grant timeline

Find out where we are in our current grant cycle and whether you can apply today.

Jan. 1 – March 15

Sustaining Grants applications accepted

April

Applications reviewed

May

Applications approved

June

Winners notified and grants dispersed

Frequently asked questions.

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Any nonprofit organization (501c3) working to improve the community through initiatives focused on:

  • Education
  • Community revitalization
  • Workforce development

Municipalities, churches, schools and chambers of commerce are not eligible. Applicants should be located in a region served by PPL Electric Utilities.

Grant requests from organizations located outside the PPL Electric Utilities region may be considered, but the organization should prove that its activities benefit the PPL Electric Utilities region in addition to other areas.

PPL is committed to building healthy communities through financial support to nonprofits working in the areas of education and development of sustainable communities. Sustaining grants can be used for operating funds and day-to-day program management. The PPL Foundation contributes millions annually to organizations in three focus areas:

  • Education
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Sustainable Communities

Our objective is to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve, with a particular focus on the 29 Pennsylvania counties served by PPL Electric Utilities. We serve the following regions in PA:

  • Berks
  • Bucks
  • Carbon
  • Chester
  • Clinton
  • Columbia
  • Cumberland
  • Dauphin
  • Juniata
  • Lackawanna
  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • Lehigh
  • Luzerne
  • Lycoming
  • Monroe
  • Montgomery
  • Montour
  • Northampton
  • Northumberland
  • Perry
  • Pike
  • Schuylkill
  • Snyder
  • Susquehanna
  • Union
  • Wayne
  • Wyoming
  • York

Only one sustaining grant will be approved per organization per year, and only one proposal can be submitted per organization per grant cycle.

But a sustaining grant recipient may also apply for a major grant.

PPL will not be the sole contributor to capital campaign requests.

No multi year commitments will be made.

Requests from political, labor, religious groups, individuals or small groups of individuals, will not be considered.

Requests for scholarship funding will not be considered. Please see our scholarship page.

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY:

  • All recipients of grants, sponsorship dollars and in-kind support from any of PPL’s giving programs

The PPL Foundation contributes millions annually to organizations in three focus areas:

  • Education
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Sustainable Communities

All applications will be reviewed by regional committees of local PPL employees and the officers and board of the PPL Foundation.

All applications will undergo the same review process, with a focus on whether projects:

  • Align with the PPL Foundation’s core mission and focus areas of education; diversity, equity and inclusion; and sustainable communities.
  • Address an urgent need in the community.
  • Target underserved populations.
  • Fill a unique niche or complement other ongoing efforts in the community.

The regional committees are made up of employees who live and work in the communities they serve to ensure local consideration of each grant application.

The PPL Foundation expects to award more than $3 million annually through all its grants and scholarships, including funding for United Way.

PPL Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization. Funded solely by PPL Corporation, the foundation was formed to support community initiatives in the areas served by PPL Corporation’s utilities.

Applications for Sustaining Grants will be accepted from Jan. 1-March 15. Decisions will be made by June 30. Please see our Grant Timeline on this page for more info.

Click here or type www.pplcares.com in the address bar at the top of your internet browser.

During a grant cycle, a link for the application portal will be available under one of the PPL Foundation grants.

First-time users in our application portal will need to complete a profile and create a password.

Click Start a New Sustaining Grant Application to begin. You will need to provide the following:

  • Contact info
  • Organizational profile
  • A summary of your request
  • Uploads of any relevant documents (Ex: annual budget, program budget, annual reports, brochures, etc.)

Yes. You can save a draft. You can also print a copy of the application if needed.

You will be able to review your application before submitting. Once submitted, applications are no longer open for editing. If you run into technical issues, contact our technical support by clicking on the Need Support? Link at the bottom of each page.

Decisions on sustaining grants will be made by June 30 of each year. Grant applicants will receive written notification of the grant award decision. Applicants will be able to view the status of their requests in the Foundation’s online portal.

Past Recipients

  • American Red Cross of Greater PA
  • American Red Cross of Two Rivers
  • BBBS of the Capital Region, Inc.
  • Bethlehem Area Education Foundation
  • Boys & Girls Club of Allentown, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Bethlehem
  • Boys & Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
  • Brethren Housing Association
  • Brodheads Watershed Association
  • Capital Region Economic Development Corporation
  • Carbon County Community Foundation
  • Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Inc.
  • Central PA Business & Education Association
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
  • Child Hunger Outreach Partners
  • Clinton County Economic Partnership Foundation
  • Communities In Schools of Eastern Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, Inc.
  • Community Bike Works
  • Diakon Child Family and Community Ministries
  • Diamond City Partnership
  • East Stroudsburg University Foundation
  • Employment Opportunity & Training Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • Fe Foundation of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.
  • Foundation for Free Enterprise Education
  • Fulton Theatre Company
  • Getting Ahead Foundation
  • Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • Greater Hazleton Area Astronomical Society
  • Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership
  • Greater Philadelphia YMCA
  • Greater Valley Young Men’s Christian Association
  • Hanna Foundation
  • IM ABLE Foundation
  • Keystone College
  • Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation Inc.
  • Lancaster City Alliance
  • Leadership Northeast
  • Leadership Susquehanna Valley
  • LEAF Project Inc
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation
  • Lehigh University Summer Engineering Institute
  • Lehigh Valley Zoological Society
  • Lewisburg Children’s Museum
  • Lykens Valley Children’s Museum
  • Meals on Wheels Community Services of NEPA
  • Meals On Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley Inc
  • Midwest Food Bank
  • Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Monroe County Habitat for Humanity
  • National Audubon Society
  • Natural Lands Trust, Inc.
  • NEPA Rainbow Alliance
  • New Birth of Freedom Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • New Hope Ministries, Inc.
  • North Branch Land Trust
  • Northampton County Area Community College Foundation
  • O.S. Johnson Technical Institute
  • Osterhout Free Library
  • Penn’s Northeast
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation Inc.
  • Pennsylvania State University – Lehigh Valley
  • Pennsylvania State University – Schuylkill
  • Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy
  • Pocono Mountains United Way
  • Pocono Northeast Development Fund
  • Regional Engagement Center
  • Resources for Human Development, Inc.
  • Ripple Community Inc.
  • River Valley Regional YMCA
  • SATORI, Ltd.
  • Schuylkill Chamber Foundation, Inc.
  • Scranton Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
  • The Edible Classroom
  • The Institute
  • The Literacy Center
  • The Mix at Arbor Place
  • United Neighborhood Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania
  • United Way of Wyoming Valley
  • University of Scranton
  • Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition
  • Valley In Motion
  • Valley Youth House Committee, Inc
  • Valor Clinic Foundation
  • Weis Center for the Performing Arts
  • Wildlife Leadership Academy
  • Williamsport Symphony Orchestra
  • Workforce Wayne
  • Young Women’s Christian Association of Bethlehem
  • Young Women’s Christian Association of Lancaster