Foundation doles out grants to many recipients in region

The PPL Foundation recently announced the latest recipients of funds from its grant program, awarding nearly $600,000 to support 16 organizations working to empower the communities they serve.

“Whether enhancing educational opportunities for students in our communities or providing disadvantaged workers what they need to achieve economic stability, there are many nonprofit organizations that are working to better the lives of the people who call our region home,” said Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation, according to a news release. “The PPL Foundation is proud to support the efforts of the organizations that help make our communities safe, strong and sustainable.”

The awards announced recently will support a variety of projects in PPL Foundation’s focus areas: education, workforce development and community revitalization.

Earlier this year, the news release said, the PPL Foundation awarded more than $450,000 in sustaining grants to more than 70 community organizations. Today’s announcement brings the Foundation’s 2017 community grants to more than $1 million.

Grant recipients included Northumberland County Council for the Arts & Humanities in Shamokin received $72,000 to support the renovation of a community center that houses the town’s library, museum and other community organizations, Bloomsburg University Foundation’s Regional STEM Education Center received $30,000 to expand programming opportunities for students participating in the Center’s Anchor program for youth in foster care, the Girls in STEM program and the STEM Adventure Camps and Employment Opportunity & Training Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania received $25,000 for its Transition to Success initiative, which helps disadvantaged workers achieve family and economic stability through life skills and job readiness training, job search/placement assistance and employment related support.

PPL is committed to supporting communities across its 29-county service area and providing tools that help empower economic vitality, the news release said. The PPL Foundation awards grants in spring and fall. The next grant cycle, for sustaining grants that assist organizations with general operating expenses, begins in January. Interested organizations can apply for grants from $1,000 to $25,000.

To be considered for a grant, all organizations must apply online.

Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation will support organizations that are doing innovative and groundbreaking work to create vital, sustainable communities and empowering each citizen to fulfill her or his potential. Since its inception in 2015, the PPL Foundation has contributed more than $6 million to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations in eastern and central Pennsylvania.