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Grant Wish List

The grant wish list is a simple listing of any granting needs from area nonprofits that are served by the Community Foundation.  Submissions to be included are accepted at any time and will be added to the list as we receive them.  This list can be especially helpful for our donor advisors so that they can see what immediate needs there are in our community that coincide with their interests.  Not only is this list available to the public here on our website, but we also directly share it with donor advisors and with local newspapers.  Our goal is to help as many nonprofits secure the funding that they need to meet their mission and goals.

AstroPharmacy Science Program: University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

We created the AstroPharmacy Group in March 2018 and since then have had many accomplishments including collaborations with NASA and supported new research across Pitt/UPMC.  We receive zero funding and volunteer our time in addition to our full-time duties and responsibilities as pharmacists.  We truly love our work and this opportunity.

Mission/Goal: We created this group with the commitment to inspire collaboration across the Pitt/UPMC campus and community that leads to making discoveries that could benefit people in ways we've never imagined before.  Provide personal and professional opportunities for everyone to contribute and participate in.  Through this we also strongly encourage everyone to have fun, explore and share the experience.


Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

It is a remarkable U.S. national STEM education initiative that gives students the ability to design and propose real experiments to be performed on-board the international space station (ISS).  The program provides seamless integration across STEM disciplines through an authentic, high visibility research experience-an approach that embraces the Next Generation Science Standards. SSEP immerses hundreds of students at the local level in the research experience-students are truly given the ability to be real scientists and engineers.

Students can design experiments in diverse fields, including: seed germination, crystal growth, physiology and life cycles of microorganisms (9e.g. bacteria), cell biology and growth, food studies, and studies of micro-aquatic life.

The program will follow a conventional SSEP structure, with student teams designing experiments and writing proposals for about two months, followed by a step 1 review where 3 proposals will be selected, and a step 2 review where 1 finalist will be selected for flight to ISS.

Faculty/graduate members will participate to be Student Facilitators with the goal for each Facilitator to mentor-3 teams, ensuring meaningful and thoughtful teaching experiences.  We will implement evidence-based evaluation and assessment tools to determine the short-and ong-term impact of our program.


The project will commence September 4, 2018 therefore we need to complete funding by August 1, 2018.

The total cost of this program is $29,000 which provides funding for the following program elements:

1. All teacher and student resources
2. Flight of one Mini-Laboratory to the International Space Station (ISS)
3. The Flight Experiment Design Competition
4. Community Programming by the National Team including, Classroom Visits to students, Family/Public Programs, and Professional Development for educators
5. Students/teachers will present their work and travel to the National SSEP Conference at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, DC
6. Students/teachers opportunity to view the launch of their experiement from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

To cover these costs, we are requesting funds from the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy with expected total of $6,000.  Faculty and mentors will be volunteering their time.

Your investment of $23,000 will complete the funding we need to implement the project fully.

We sincerely appreciate your consideration of our request and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Don't Stop Dreamin'

Don’t Stop Dreamin’ proposes to develop a year-long project called “Dreamin’ to Walk on the Moon” beginning in July 2018 and culminating on July 20, 2019, the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing and walk. The project would kick-off with excursions for residents in the Quality Life Services Family to the John Heinz History Center to explore the traveling Exhibit, “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission”, which will be part of a national tour organized by the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibit will include the actual Command Module Columbia that carried the crew, equipment and precious lunar samples through the fiery reentry.  The exhibit opens in September 2018.

The total cost for “Dreamin’ to Walk on the Moon” is $6,500 which includes staffing expenses, transportation to Pittsburgh, snacks and drinks for traveling, art supplies and tickets to the Heinz History Center for residents across 10 nursing homes.  Don’t Stop Dreamin’ respectfully request $2,800 to help support the project.   

Kittanning Public Library

Summer Reading is open to all students ages 5 to 16.

It runs for six weeks during the summer. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing program throughout the year. We offer this program to parents and young children with incentives for every 100 books read up to 1000. We could use money to support all of these programs. Story Hour requires books, snacks, and craft materials. Music Time could use new equipment such as tambourines, maracas, and more. Summer Reading is the largest program for children that we currently have. Last year there were over 50 children and caregivers attending each week. Money toward the Summer Reading would be used to purchase new books, craft supplies, incentives, prizes and pay for the various performers such as the magician that we schedule each year to kick off the program.

We would like to offer presentations for the public to attend free of charge. Unfortunately, the cost, which is an average of $250, is not within our budget. Civil War reenactors, local authors, lectures on history, PA Humanities Council of Speakers(who present folk singing, history, haunted stories of Pa. and more), would contribute to the recreational and informational needs of the community. Large scale book clubs where 30 people read the same books is an adventure we would like to offer.

Stage 62

Stage 62’s mission is to unite the community in the joy of producing quality theater for all ages. We strive to enhance the cultural life in Southwest Pennsylvania by offering affordable live theater that features artists from our own community, and by providing an enriching experience for young and old to learn all aspects of theater arts and production through volunteer participation.

We are requesting $700.00 to allow our organization to purchase needed tools for our set construction, a box office carrying case, first aid kits, and containers for our costume/prop storage.

Arc Manor

“My New Leaf” is a recovery app that is available on both Android and IPhone devices. The app can be used by any person in recovery or their family members free of charge.

Requesting funding for the 2nd level of the “My New Leaf” app called “VAL”.  This software can be installed at any treatment provider location which can link clients with treatment providers. (links to videos which explain are listed below).

  •  Manifesto 3 minutes
  • WTAE promo of the one hour Hearst Broadcasting TV special “Chronicle: State of Addiction”, in which he also appeared. 
  • And Channel 4 Greenville, SC 
  • Short introductory demo of My New Leaf
  •  Requested amount:  $5,000



The opioid epidemic has become a public health crisis in PA, affecting all communities.  Armstrong County is one of the hardest Counties in PA impacted by this epidemic.  Each month, ARC Manor serves more than 400 individuals providing outreach, family support, addiction screening and multiple levels of care to best fit an individual's recovery.  ARC Manor staff members provide efficient, evidence based addiction treatment practices.  ARC Manor provides addiction treatment services to nearly 1,000 distinct clients each year in our programs.  Treatment services range from Residential (Inpatient), Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient.  Client satisfaction and program success rates indicate that our staff make a positive impact to the individuals and families that we serve, thus helping our community.

Although costs continue to rise, reimbursement through our primary insurance payers has not been increased.  Reimbursement through Medicaid and other insurances are not being increased at the same rate as the costs to provide quality services.  Therefore, ARC Manor is in need of public and private support in an effort to maintain all current operations and to be able to enhance and update operations for the future.  Your help is needed now more than ever to support our Residential treatment center and to continue care of these clients into the outpatient services that are provided in ARC Manor's three locations.

We are requesting $20,000 from the Community Foundation.  Your support will help ensure that ARC Manor's work in our community will continue as it has for over 40 years.  Specifically, funds will be used for client needs and the support of services including: client transportation, program supplies, and food, medical and other needs across all levels of care.

Arts on the Allegheny

We are seeking funding to present a Shakespeare Play and workshop at Armstrong High School.  We would like to include a performance for the community in the evening.  The estimated cost of this project is $10,000.

Orphans of the Storm

Food, cat litter, office supplies, paint, new crates, small window air conditioner, air purifier for our cat room, shipment of gravel for exercise runs, office chairs, cleaning supplies, second office desk, medicine locking cabinet

Freeport Renaissance Association

Led by volunteers, our mission is to promote pride in the community through the enhancement, safety, participation, and development of the community by preserving and blending its remarkable history with the prospect of the future.

Annual fundraising events heighten awareness of the town's businesses, economic opportunities, and civic involvement.  Many business and community leaders are providing support, but additional funding is needed.  We are respectfully requesting a $3,000 donation to support our 2018 fundraising efforts.

Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack provide food to elementary school children who may otherwise have little or no food to eat on weekends during the school year. Students receive a bag of at least 8 food items and two entrée items. These foods are kid friendly and require little to no preparation.

Average cost to feed one child for a 38 week school year is $100. Currently, serving 121 students at West Hills Primary and Intermediate, Lenape Elementary School and Shannock Valley Elementary School.

Apollo Memorial Library

Our building has never been updated from when it was built in the 1960s. To update the building we would probably need around 50-75 thousand dollars. Our building project would most likely not start until around 2019-2020 if we got the funding for it.

Along with making updates and repairs to the building we also would use funding for different programs and projects that we do to serve the public.

We have a large senior citizen population in Apollo as well, and our building doors are not suited for their walkers, or for wheelchairs. These patrons can enter the library, but it is more difficult for them. We would love to have an updated library so that all patrons can enter safely and with dignity. 

Ramps of Hope

Ramps of Hope is a ministry of the United Methodist Church, Indiana District, which covers Armstrong, Indiana, Jefferson and parts of Clearfield Counties.  Our mission is simply to help people with limited mobility have easy access into and out of their own homes.  We build ramps of treated lumber that are temporary but very strong and sturdy to accomplish this purpose.  We have been in existence since 2011 and have built a total of 280 ramps across the four county area since that time.

Armstrong County entered the program in 2013.  We have two teams of volunteers that build, and they have constructed 78 ramps in the last five years.  The ramps are built in 4'x6' sections off site.  On the day of a build, these are trailered to the recipient's home, along with posts and railing materials and any turn sections needed, and assembled.   Assembly time varies depending on the length and difficulty of the ramp but is usually done in just a few hours.

Every year as word of our work spreads, we see an increase in the need for this service so funding is something we are constantly pursuing.  We do not charge recipients for ramps. Rather, we ask them for any donation they can manage to give.  We do on occasion get very nice donations from recipients and once in a while, someone will be able to pay for their ramp.  However, much more often, recipients have very meager income and can donate little or nothing for their ramp.  We understand this and do our best to obtain the funding so all ramps that are doable can be built.  All labor from intake through building is done by volunteers, mostly from our Methodist churches; however, we are ecumenical on this and readily accept anyone who would like to help!   We must pay for all building materials--treated lumber, (the most expensive part), screws, bolts, concrete slabs, and any other pieces a ramp might require.  As examples, some ramps need gravel or asphalt material at the ends of them.  In addition, we purchase the large table saws that are needed and as many tools as we can for teams so workers don't have to bring their own.  Tools wear out and need replaced.

Biblical Life Institute

Lake Repairs:
BLI has received a grant from PA to conduct repairs on Lake Transylvania. The grant is administered through the local conservation district. While the state grant will repair the retaining wall on one side of the lake, additional work is needed. BLI is seeking grants that will allow it to dredge the lake, repair the trail that encircles the lake, landscape the entrance area to the lake, and remove an old wellhouse including filling the well.

Endowments - General and Faculty:
Along with seeking donations and using windfall resources, BLI is seeking grants to help build their endowment to the level required by PA for consideration as a degree granting college.

Faculty are the primary influencers of students and are vital to any successful school. Eight full-time faculty are also required by PA for a school to be considered a college and grant degrees. BLI prides itself in having excellent faculty, the majority of which hold doctoral degrees in their field. However, the school is limited in its ability to hire full-time faculty while keeping tuition costs low enough to be accessible to students.

BLI is seeking to grow its faculty endowment to a level that will support the hiring of a full-time faculty member. The goal is an endowment of at least $1m.

One-Year Scholarship Program:
BLI would like to provide scholarship assistance that would cover the tuition cost of/the first semester of BLI’s first-year program. Students would still be required to pay the cost of room & board through other scholarships, work, savings, or family help. Almost 40% of the amount needed for the fall 2018 semester has been received through donations. The school is looking to raise an additional $20,000 to cover the fall semester and another $32,000 to support the full-year program.

Shilling Hall, the main building on campus, was built primarily through the work of students during the 1940’s and 1950’s. These students cut and laid stone, milled lumber, and laid shingles, producing a marvelous, inspiring building that still serves for classes, offices, dining, and student residence. Though once replaced in its history, the building is once again in need of significant roofing repairs. The estimate for immediate repairs is $18,000. Full repairs are estimated at $40,000.

Operating Expenses
BLI has in place a strategic plan, a marketing plan, and an enrollment plan. In February 2018, the school also reached candidate status for accreditation, the half-way point of the process. Strong progress has been made in nearly every area of the school’s operation, but it will still be several years before enrollment will reach the level needed to support operations. We are seeking grants to help cover operational expenses while continuing to build on the advances made in revitalizing the school.

Apollo Ridge Education Foundation

Funding would be used to retain professional artists, purchase materials and assist in the installation of two completed works of art. The program was initiated in partnership with IUP’s Lively Arts Program. Two Artist Residencies will engage students in conceptualizing artwork, researching community history and identity, and designing and constructing seven mosaics that serve as “portals” into Apollo’s past connected by a large mural.

The goal is to position student artwork to announce Apollo as a vibrant community, working with the school to engage residents and visitors alike.

  •   Requested amount: $5,000

The Kittanning Salvation Army


1. Utility assistance

2. Rent assistance

3. Youth programming 

4. Bridging the Gap. At risk tennager intervention program that’s been running for 7 years now. 

5. Literacy for children. 

6.Emergency Food Pantry 

7.Monthly community meal 

8.Sponsors to send children to overnight camp

9. Pathway of hope. One on one Intensive casework for parents with children under 18 years old. 


1. Computer lab to help teens and adults 

2. Washer and Dryer to continue our work with the community giving them a chance to wash their cloths

3. Hygiene and cleaning panty for people who can’t afford those items. 

4. Diaper Pantry for parents to help with some cost with a baby. 

5. Update sound equipment and multimedia for church and the ability to teach children and adults 


Our vision for the community is to lower the walls that we all face day after day to better each other with an overall community support network. Not just us. To make real change it takes a collected effort. 

Life Choices

Life Choices is a non-profit organization that began as a pregnancy crisis hotline in 1984.  Eventually Life Choices became a Pregnancy Resource Center, providing material items and classes to those who chose to parent.  In 2011, we became a Pregnancy Medical Clinic, opening in Kittanning under the name of My Choice Medical.  In the following two years, two more medical clinics were added – one in Butler and one in Indiana.  “Going medical” meant adding a nurse and an ultrasound machine at each location.  In 2014, STD/STI testing was as well, granting access to additional male clients, providing another avenue for education. Education is also a priority at Life Choices, taking sexual risk avoidance curriculum into elementary, middle, and high schools as well as the prisons in Armstrong and Butler counties.  The most recent addition to services offered, as of October this past year, is The Inn, a maternity home, providing housing and goal-setting to pregnant women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.  All services offered are free: pregnancy testing and verification, STD/STI testing and treatment, options counseling, parenting classes, post-abortive recovery, sexual risk avoidance education, and housing.

We are Seeking Money for…

  • Project Media – Providing our Education Team with a Media Kit
    •    Professional Camera
    • Professional Microphone
    • Tripod
  • Project Update – Updating the Technology & Supplies at our Butler Clinic
    •  Lap Top (2)
    • Fully Equipped Wireless Printer
    • Compact Blood Draw Cart

This is the amount we need:

  • Project Media Total: $1,865
  • Project Update: $1,700

We need funding by:  

  • Project Media: No deadline for this.  It is a “dream” project.  While we know we could put it to use almost immediately, we are willing to wait on this so that other areas of the ministry can thrive.
  • Project Update: Again, no imminent deadline for this project, but certainly something we would like to see happen by the end of the year.

Other things that you may want to know:

  •  Project Media: The education team has been upping their use of media significantly each year.  What started with a website has now branched into multiple social media outlets, a blog, and a video version of our curriculum.  With health stats and information changing so quickly, updating these videos is of utmost importance.  However, paying someone to help update each time is not conducive to the budget, especially when we have a team with the “know-how.”  All we are missing is the equipment.  This equipment will also be used beyond education to help with development and more!  The possibilities are endless!
  •  Project Update: As many in the non-profit realm know, updates are slow to come in a growing organization.  While we have put off updating the technology at our Butler clinic, it is beginning to become an issue – creating more problems and taking more time than necessary.  It is time for a change.  The blood draw cart also needs updated.  When setting up our STD/STI services, we had purchased a very inexpensive tote for blood draws in order to cut costs.  However, it does not have the storage capacity that we need and is falling apart.

Make a Wish

Granting wishes isn't just nice, it's necessary.  When a family receives their child's diagnosis their world turns upside down.  Children who receive wishes are facing critical conditions and the medical community is telling us that wishes give hope and a profoundly effective way to cope.  We want to grant the wish of every eligible child, and we need your help.

While we granted 705 wishes this past year, for every child who receives a wish experience, there are always so many more waiting.  As you know, the average cost of a wish is $4,400.  To ensure no medically qualifying child goes without their one true wish, we hope that you will make a $4,400 Wishmaker grant to fund the wish of an Armstrong County child in need.  We are currently working on 8 Armstrong County wishes.

Wishes make a lasting impact.  They provide wish children renewed hope, strengthen family bonds and positively influence a child's medical treatment.  Thanks to new research, medical professionals now believe the experience of a wish is integral to a child's overall treatment plan.

Wishes are powerful facilitators for hope, strength and joy.  Amazingly, we have also found that families of wish recipients benefit immensely from their child's wish experience.  Critical illnesses impact parents and siblings, too; therefore, as often as possible, the wish recipient's family is included in their experience.  After a child's wish is granted, many parents and families report that bonds between family members were strengthened and the wish experience allowed them a rare moment to step away from everything their family has been facing.

Worthington West Franklin Community Library

Worthington West Franklin Community Library is a state-supported public library with an inventory of 17,600 books, audio books, DVDs, electronic resources, etc. serving two municipalities: Worthington Borough and West Franklin Township. All residents from these two municipalities receive a free library membership. The Library was established as a public library in 1985, thus we are working on its 33rd year.

It serves approximately 2,500 residents of these two supporting municipalities but also serves non-residents from surrounding areas. We have approximately 600 members, which includes non-resident memberships. These individual memberships include member's families, so the library actually serves many more than the membership number indicates.

As with the other public libraries in Armstrong County, all residents of our supporting municipalities who have a membership at our library also receive an AccessPA sticker, which means that they can borrow books, DVDs, etc. from any public library within Pennsylvania and they can return those materials to our library and we will return them to the lending library.

Additionally, any member can receive books from across the state via interlibrary loan from public and academic libraries. And members also have access to thousands of free electronic books and audio books via OverDrive. 


The circulation system at the W.W. F. Community Library is Follett, which is a system built for school libraries, not for public libraries. The Follett system puts our library at a disadvantage because it precludes us from simultaneously looking at the library collections at the Ford City and Kittanning public libraries. If we don't have a resource at Worthington, we cannot look at these other libraries and inform our patrons it is available at these other libraries. There are other disadvantages, thus reducing our capabilities to serve our patrons. The District Library for Armstrong, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer Counties, New Castle District Library, is also encouraging us to replace our circulation system. Only four libraries in the District still use Follett, our library being one of them.

Although Armstrong Libraries are not supported by the county, we coordinate with each other by having county meetings ( Both Ford City and Kittanning libraries use the Biblionix/Apollo circulation system, the same circulation system we are requesting for funding. With these three libraries on the same circulation systems, we will have the strength of three integrated libraries serving middle Armstrong County. Having three public libraries more closely integrated similar to a federated system located within such a short distance from each other will make middle Armstrong County more attractive to residents and businesses who might want to locate in this area.

The cost for migrating our collection to Apollo and installing the system would cost $2,100.00. The Apollo circulation/inventory system is built exclusively for public libraries. Because public libraries serve a very diverse customer/patron base, the systems require much more capabilities than an elementary or high school system such as Follett.

There is no immediate timeline, but the sooner we can invest in a new circulation system, we can be further integrated with Ford City and Kittanning libraries and better serve not only our funding municipalities but also Armstrong County. Also, the District Library can add better capabilities to the library.

Rural areas and rural students have historically had to compete with more sophisticated urban students and areas for educational resources and jobs, respectively. Large resource-rich libraries, museums, galleries, science centers, etc. help to contribute to these advantages for urban residents. Now, in addition, our rural students must compete with international students and international cities for resources and jobs.

Rural residents know the great advantages of living in a rural area: wide open natural spaces for learning and fun, clean air, a small-town friendly culture, etc. But rural areas lack the resources in all these large institutions that entice urban students to daily use these institutional resources.

One of our two taglines at Worthington West Franklin Community Library is, "Rural areas also deserve great libraries!" We believe rural areas must have great libraries so our residents have the advantages of urban areas. Also, for too long rural areas have been disparaged as backward compared to urban areas and so people have less of a desire to live in rural areas. If rural areas had great libraries, there would be a lessening of this prejudice against small town living.

Help us make it possible so these three libraries can share their resources at a finger tip by funding our circulation system. Then we three libraries will have that capability, especially since we are physically so close.

Our other tagline is: "Information, education and recreational resources for the common good."

If you are a nonprofit interested in submitting information for the grant wish list, please email or call 724-548-5897 for more information.