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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.

Immediate Needs

American Cancer Society

1. Survivor Reception at our Relay For Life event in June

  • Survivor Reception Sponsor: $500-$1,000; looking for funds to be delivered by May 5, 2018
    • Our Survivor Receptions start at 11AM and 8PM. We serve over 200 Survivors and their families throughout the day. We have two Survivor Celebration laps before each reception where we honor and remember our loved ones.

2. Stage/media sponsor for the Relay For Life event in June

  • Stage/Media Sponsor: $1,000-$2,000; looking for funds to be delivered by May 5, 2018

3. Runner sponsor for DetermiNation for the Pittsburgh Marathon. The American Cancer Society is an official charity partner with P3R, Pittsburgh 3 Rivers Events, in 2018 and we are looking for partnerships with local businesses looking to gain more exposure in the Pittsburgh area.

  •  Runner Sponsor: $1,000-$5,000; looking for funds to be delivered by April 5, 2018
    •  Our Runner Sponsors would be responsible for sponsoring team DetermiNation in the 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon. We have a team of over 100 runners that is growing each day. This grant would ensure a business’s promotion to each runner, their families at our runner’s reception, and the opportunity to be publicized at the Runners Expo, which over 60,000 people attend.

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.

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.   

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

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.

Ongoing Needs

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. 

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.

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.

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