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First Community Foundation Partnership announces second-round grant recipients

A second round of grants totaling $461,942 has been made to benefit 81 nonprofit organizations in northcentral Pennsylvania, according to the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.

The foundation worked with the Lycoming County United Way and United Way agencies for the Greater Susquehanna Valley and Columbia and Montour Counties to launch COVID-19 United Community Funds in April.

These funds were created to help raise money to ensure that nonprofits in Lycoming, Tioga, Union, Northumberland, Sullivan, Columbia, Montour and Snyder counties had the support they needed to continue providing services during the pandemic.

“This partnership has allowed us to connect donors to nonprofits in a meaningful way during unprecedented times,” said Jennifer D. Wilson, foundation president and CEO. “Together with our United Way partners, we have provided more than $763,000 in grants to 101 nonprofit organizations since the start of the pandemic.”

Over $190,000 in community gifts, along with $450,000 seeded from FCFP and $122,250 from the United Ways, allowed for a regional grantmaking process to rapidly deploy resources to nonprofits. During the first phase of the program in April, $301,000 was granted to 33 organizations.

The second round of grants will support requests from organizations with a variety of needs including: food, rental and utility assistance; personal protection equipment for staff and clients; costs associated to convert programs to run virtually; and long-term recovery funds for operating expenses.

“We are grateful to the community leaders who helped make decisions to grant funds to very worthy community organizations and for our collaboration with our regional United Way friends and our partners at FCFP,” said Ron Frick, Lycoming County United Way president and CEO. “For almost 100 years, the Lycoming County United Way has been supporting the needs of the community and COVID-19 was no different”

Phase II received $4.1 million in requests from 164 organizations.

Grants totaling $255,155 were made to the following nonprofits in Lycoming County: AIDS Resource Alliance, Inc., $2,000; Camp Susque, Inc., $15,000; Community Arts Center, $18,000; Community Theatre League Inc., $20,000; Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries, $20,000; East Lycoming Historical Society, $2,500; Family Promise of Lycoming County Inc., $15,000; Firetree Place, $20,000; FUN Academy, LLC, $15,000; Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity Inc., $13,000; Hughesville Area Public Library, $3,000; James V. Brown Library, $15,000; Junior Achievement of NEPA Inc., $8,000; Lycoming County SPCA, $10,000; Lycoming Nursery School, $5,000; North Central Sight Services, Inc., $10,000; Oxford House, $4,000; Penn State Cooperative Extension – Lycoming County, $4,000; Repasz Band Inc., $5,000; River Valley Regional YMCA, $10,000; STEP, Inc., $5,655; Susquehanna Valley CASA – Voices for Children, $10,000; The New Love Center, $10,000; Uptown Music Collective, $7,500; Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, $5,000; YWCA Northcentral PA, $2,500.

Agencies in Sullivan and Tioga Counties received grants totaling $43,340, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Tiers, $2,000; Bradford County Regional Arts Council, $2,000; Child Hunger Outreach Partners, $5,500; Deane Center for the Performing Arts, $4,000; Endless Mountain Music Festival, $5,000; Foundation for Free Enterprise Education, $2,000; Galeton Area School District, $2,090; Junior Achievement of NEPA, Inc. , $5,000; River Valley Regional YMCA, $8,250; Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Inc., $2,500; STEP, Inc. , $5,000.

Northumberland, Snyder and Union county agencies received grants totaling $117,359, including A&B Children’s Theatre, $2,000; Buffalo Valley Singers, Inc., $1,000; Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc., $5,000; Donald L. Heiter Community Center, Inc., $10,000; Expectations Women’s Center, $1,300; Far Point Animal Rescue, $2,500; Father’s Hope, $2,000; Gaudenzia Inc., $3,000; Golden Rule Love, $5,000; Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA, $12,500; John R. Kauffman Jr., Public Library, $1,250; Lewisburg Children’s Museum, $3,500; Mifflinburg Buggy Museum Association Inc., $2,000; Mifflinburg Heritage and Revitalization Association Inc., $2,000; Milton Public Library, $1,250; Montgomery House Library Inc., $1,250; Mount Carmel Public Library Inc., $1,250; Packwood House Museum, $2,500; Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library, $1,250; Regional Engagement Center, $1,250; RiverStage Community Theatre, $2,000; Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library Inc., $1,250; Snyder County Libraries Inc., $4,000; SUMMIT Early Learning, $25,809; Sunbury’s Revitalization Inc., $5,000; Susquehanna River Valley Dental Health Clinic, $5,000; Susquehanna Valley CASA – Voices for Children, $3,000; The Exchange, $2,000; The Improved Milton Experience, $1,500; Transitions of PA, $1,000; Union County Library System, $3,000; Warrior Run Fort Freeland Heritage Society, $2,000.

Grants totaling $46,088 in Columbia and Montour Counties went to Berwick Theater and Center for Community Arts, $1,000; Beyond Violence Inc., $4,544; Bloomsburg Public Library, $4,000; Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, $4,000; Caring Communities for AIDS, $4,500; Columbia Day Care Program Inc., $2,000; Danville Area Community Center, $2,000; EOS Therapeutic Riding Center Inc., $3,000; Friends of the Columbia County Traveling Library Inc., $4,500; Maria Joseph Manor Inc., $1,000; McBride Memorial Library, $2,000; Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center, $2,000; Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius, $3,000; Transitional Housing and Care Center, $4,544; United Way of Wyoming Valley DBA Berwick Area United Way, $2,000; Washingtonville Volunteer Fire Company, $2,000.

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