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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 align with their interests.  Not only is this list available to the public here on our website, but we also directly share it with our donor advisors and with local media.  Our goal is to help as many nonprofits secure the funding that they need to meet their mission and goals.


Apollo Area Historical Society
Requesting: $3,500 (Total)

1. We are requesting $2,000 to purchase archival supplies to be used in the organizing, maintaining, and preservation, of the artifacts endeared to the Apollo Area Historical Society's Museum, located in the WCTU building, Apollo, PA.  We would like to purchase proper acid free archival supplies from the Gaylord Archival catalog.

2. We are requesting $1,500 to cover the expense for the reproduction of historical photographs and documents endeared to Apollo Historical Society's Museum.  This will allow the public to view them at our museum without subjecting the original photos and documents to the elements that would cause deterioration.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Apraxia Kids
Requesting: $5,000

Apraxia Kids is an organization that strengthens the support systems in the lives of children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) by educating professionals and families; facilitating community engagement and outreach; and investing in the future through advocacy and research. We are requesting $5,000 to expand our reach to underserved populations where appropriate services are sparse and knowledge of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), and the supports and resources of Apraxia Kids, is limited. We believe that every child with apraxia of speech can reach their highest communication potential if given opportunities.

Therefore, we are seeking support to focus on an outreach and awareness campaign sharing education and resources across Armstrong County. To reach these diverse communities, our goal is to provide information to school-based personnel who see these children daily (especially speech-language pathologists (SLPs)), in libraries where families go to seek out resources, and in the hands of healthcare professionals who provide their care. In addition, training would be accessible to school-based SLPs so that appropriate services are available to children where they spend most of their time each week.

Wish updated 3/18/2022.

Armstrong School District
Requesting: $3,000

The funding would be used to purchase sports equipment for sports played around the world to be used in annual outdoor cultural day for 7th graders at Armstrong High School. One-time expense.

Requesting: $2,000
The funding would be used for purchase of food for students during an annual outdoor cultural day. The food would be purchased and/or made in across-curricular project with the Family Consumer Science and Social Studies Departments. Annual expense.

Requesting: $2,000
The funding would be used to purchase cultural and literary artifacts to use during the previously described cultural day at Armstrong High School.

wish updated 3/24/2022

Beverly's Birthdays
Requesting: $2,500

Since January of 2021, Beverley's Birthdays has been partnering with Armstrong County Early Head Start and Armstrong County Early Intervention services to celebrate the birthdays of children/families in need in these programs.

A Birthday Cheer Bin, which is the gift package, includes new toys, books, crayons, snacks, and hygiene items. Additionally, we also provide a Birthday in a Bag, which includes cake mix, frosting, paper products, and more.

Beverley's Birthdays mission is to provide birthday cheer for children experiencing homelessness and families in need. We believe that every child, regardless of personal or financial circumstances deserves to have a very special day.

We just started supporting families in Armstrong County and look forward to spreading cheer in the region. This gift request will help us support the birthdays of 50 children.

Wish Updated: 3/02/2022

Cancer Bridges
Requesting: Any Amount

Cancer Bridges supports those impacted by a cancer diagnosis through a variety of free programs and services.  This includes those with a cancer diagnosis, those who have a loved one with cancer, or have experienced the loss of a loved one due to cancer. Southwestern Pennsylvania residents have access to some of the best hospitals in the United States, and at Cancer Bridges, residents also have access to these critical services at no cost including clinical support, support groups, creative expression workshops, health and wellness classes, educational lectures, social activities, and a comprehensive family and youth program. From diagnosis through treatment and in transition to life beyond cancer,

Cancer Bridges helps prevent and manage the adverse effects of the disease. Now more than ever, those impacted by cancer need support. COVID-19 has greatly increased the need for clinical and social cancer support. The cancer community continues to feel magnified emotional, financial, and health anxieties during this global health crisis. Members have reported feeling a sense of isolation during this extended period at home. Family and youth counseling sessions have increased 348 percent and individual counseling sessions have increased 62 percent among adult members. We rely on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and charitable foundations to maintain and expand this vital free programming. Over 220 activities per month are being offered on Zoom at no cost to keep members connected, mentally and physically healthy, and to reduce social isolation. We are requesting funding to continue offering emotional, social, and physical activities to those impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

wish updated 02/01/2022

Christopher's Light
Requesting: $1,800

We provide solely for the needs of children in Armstrong, Indiana, and Westmoreland Counties by distributing clothing and other necessities. Children also need to learn basic living skills such as good hygiene and nutrition, so we are expanding to provide life skills workshops. Funding will be used to purchase small children's tables and chairs, sensory tables, teaching materials, a refrigerator, and a printer.

Requesting: $1,800

This project will allow us to expand our services to provide fun and learning workshops. Along with the basic needs that we already provide, these workshops will teach our kids activities of daily living skills. Cooking, cleaning, hygiene and other skills that are needed in life. Our goal is to provide guidance and teach the skills necessity to help children move forward in life. The funding will allow us to purchase children’s work tables, a refrigerator for cooking supplies and other items that are needed to complete each workshop.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Come, Talk Inc.
Requesting: $5,000

Monetary support will help allow Come, Talk to continue to offer its free services to those in need. Our services include on-on-one visits at the center, printed & electronic materials, self-care classes, guest speaker events, support groups, small group meetings, and community outreach. Our website is and we can be reached at

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Dayton Area Local History Society
Requesting: $1,000

Hot Water Tank Replacement.

Requesting: $4,000

We would like to replace the current 45-year-old linoleum with more period-looking laminate or wood plank flooring.

Our Goals:
• To update the kitchen floor to preserve the integrity of the house.
• To improve the period look of the house.
• To facilitate easier maintenance, routine cleaning and sanitation of the kitchen area of the house.

Requesting: $5,000

Replacement of kitchen floor in the Marshall House.

Requesting: Any Amount

Donations to help cover upkeep/expenses due to 2020 pandemic. We missed a year of fundraising; and 2021 is limited with opportunities.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Divine Redeemer School
Requesting: Any Amount

We are requesting funding to greatly enhance the security of our school by installing a building wide communication system for two-way emergency alert purposes.  This system would include a 911 panic alarm button and service all three floors of our building.  The ability to immediately communicate will increase the chances of the safety and welfare of all present.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Don't Stop Dreamin'
Requesting: $1,050

Project: Don’t Stop Dreamin’, Quality Life Services Sugar Creek

Don ‘t Stop Dreamin’ would like to purchase 6 raised garden beds for our nursing home residents living in our Sugar Creek location.  Our residents love gardening and enjoy being outside.  Having a garden provides our residents with the feeling of being needed along with an activity for them to take part in each week.  Because our clientele is mostly the elderly, we need raised gardening beds so that our residents are able to sit in their wheelchairs while gardening.  Also, the food that is raised by our resident gardeners will be used by our dietary team in the foods that are prepared for our residents.  We have 158 people who reside at our Sugar Creek location. 

Therefore, thousands of people will benefit from their raised garden beds for years to come. Each bed is $175 and we would like to purchase six so that many residents are able to take advantage of the gardens.  If you are unable to assist in the purchase of all six beds, we welcome any donation that you’re able to give.

Wish updated 2/21/2022

Ford City Police Department
Requesting: $18,200

We are requesting funding to help purchase new and updated portable radios for our department.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Fort Armstrong Folk Festival 
Requesting: $5,293.88

We have a need for a Resting/Cooling area for the Fort Armstrong Folk Festival visitors to cool off and rest while continuing to enjoy all the Festival has to offer. This will especially help our elderly and disabled visitors by providing a place to escape the heat and to sit.

6 picnic tables to stay in the park for festival and community use. We are looking for treated pine picnic tables with attached benches | $769 priced from All Picnic Tables Gibsonia

2 CountyLine 24 inch Direct Drive Tilt Barn Fans | $149.99 ea. priced from Tractor Supply BF24TFCL

3 12x12 MASTERECANOPY Durable EZ Pop-up Canopy Tents with Roller Bag, Dark Gray | $189.95 ea. priced from Amazon

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Fort Armstrong Horsemen's Association Foundation
Requesting: Any Amount

There are currently three barns located at the Park with 198 stalls.    A number of the stalls need footing to safely continue to house the horses.  Horses often paw the ground when stalled creating large unsafe slopes.   To repair the stalls new footing needs to periodically be placed in the stall with either a soil/clay/ stone combination or a synthetic liner placed into the stall.  Liners (without labor for installation)  are approximately $150 per stall. These liners are preferred to  clay and stone as they are more durable as a leveler  and are less maintenance with  less chance of injury to the horse.  As funds are available we can phase in the liners on a per stall basis.
Amount Requesting:  $12,000

For 2022 The Foundation anticipates spending approximately $7000 to repair a portion of the roof and front walls to the administration building. Other immediate required repairs that are being undertaken are restroom restoration, repair to barn  1 doors  and drainage between barn 1 and barn 2  with combined repair costs with the administration building over $20,000. Currently the administrative building has holes in the roof and walls permitting vectors and bees free access to the facilities. These holes will be repaired and the front part of the administration building sided over the repairs and partial roof repairs. The Foundation does not have sufficient funds to undertake repairs to the  entire building. An additional $12,000 is needed to complete repairs to  the entire roof and siding on this building.
Amount Requesting: Any Amount

The Foundation anticipates needing to repair or replace a large portion of the roofs on the barns originally placed on the barns in 1986. For Barn 1 alone the Foundation has received estimates for roof replacement at $70,000. There are three barns in total. Costs could run $200,000 for all Barns to have their roofs replaced with metal. Currently the roofs are shingled roofs. The Foundation anticipates that with metal roofing, no replacement would be needed for up to 30 years and maintenance costs will be reduced.
Amount Requesting: Any Amount

Wish updated 2/15/2022

Friends of the Kittanning Public Library
Requesting: $5,000

The Kittanning Public Library would like to use these funds for continuous library building improvement and upkeep. After the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund projects are complete, we would like to make any minor repairs needed so that our building can maintain a pleasant and safe environment for our patrons.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue, Pennsylvania
Requesting: $2,000 total

GSP Rescue needs to increase capacity to take in more surrendered dogs in Pennsylvania including Armstrong County due to COVID and have them vetted including spayed and neutered in order to rehome healthy dogs with less chance for uterine infections, breast tumors, testicular cancer and prostrate problems. Funding will be used for veterinarian costs for spaying and neutering. 
Requesting: $500

TGSP Rescue wishes to provide enrichment opportunities to volunteers who permanently foster surrendered senior dogs in Pennsylvania including Armstrong County. These funds will be used for veterinarian costs, special senior food, biscuits, treats, orthopedic beds and pillows and other special needs of senior dogs.
Requesting: $1,000

GSP Rescue wishes to send each dog to its “furever” home in Pennsylvania including Armstrong County with Adoption Packages. Each dog is then guaranteed to be safely equipped with a collar and leash to encourage proper exercising in their new home. Funding will be used for collars, leashes, gentle leaders sports treat pouches and liver biscotts.
Requesting: $500

wish updated 2/1/22

Harvest Baptist Academy 
Requesting: Any Amount

In the spring of 2021, we broke ground on our technology center and greenhouse. All of the planning and fundraising was completed pre-Covid and the prices have gone up considerably. Much of the building supplies have gone up 20-50%, and lumber has almost tripled. We estimate the cost to complete the project will be $27,000 more than was initially projected.

Along with additional construction costs, we will need to purchase necessary items for the educational building programs: the greenhouse, digital arts, home economics, woodshop, and art rooms. Any amount of donation would be greatly appreciated.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Hose Company #6 Kittanning
Requesting: $2,000

We are seeking an ARS Multi Rescue Strap safety harnessing system. This multi tool is not only for use in victim rescue but also for use for fire fighter rescue as well for our (Rapid Intervention Team). It will also serve as a key tool for our water rescue team as the application for victim removal from water.  This will also aid in victim removal for ice rescue.

We invite the public to stop by any Wednesday evening our Training Night from 7pm to 9pm for more information about the department or just to get to meet us.

Fire Station contact# 724-543-2114

wish updated 04/21/22

Indiana County Public Safety Academy
Requesting: $4,000

The Indiana County Public Safety Academy is seeking funding for new tables and chairs at our training facility for in-person classes. The Academy provides training to over 1,000 students annually from law enforcement, Fire/Rescue, EMS and private industry. As an Educational Training Authority under the PA State Fire Academy program, our programs are attended by first responders and industry agencies from various counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania (primarily from Indiana, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Allegheny, Clearfield, Jefferson and Cambria counties). Approximately 12.5% of our attendees are from Armstrong County. Some of the Armstrong Fire Departments which have completed training includes Elderton, Rural Valley, and Dayton. Additionally, individual company members attended program offerings from various departments.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Kay's Cottage
Requesting: Any Amount

We are needing to repair and replace items at our property. We found a crack in the wall/floor area, need to replace the sliding glass door, and replace the carpet.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Lower Kiski EMS, Search & Rescue Division
Requesting: $4,000

NASAR FUNSAR certification training for volunteer Search & Rescue team members/dog handlers in 2022. 10 team members @ $400/each.

Wish Updated: 02/28/2022

Ramps of Hope
Requesting: Any Amount

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 in 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 over 600 ramps across the four county area since that time.

Armstrong County entered the program in 2013.  We've had one or two teams of volunteers every year that build, and they have constructed over 165 ramps since entering the ministry.  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 done the entire cost of the ramp.  However, much more often, recipients have a very meager income and can donate little or nothing for their ramp.  We understand this and will find ways to obtain the funding so all ramps that are doable can be built.  All labor from intake through building is done by volunteers. 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. Ramps have cost anywhere from $150 to over $2,500 with an average cost of $800-$900. We require that when a ramp is no longer needed at a site, we are contracted to recover it. Recycling recovered pieces into new ramps helps reduce the costs.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Reagan's Journey
Requesting: $875

Reagan's Journey Lending Closet provides life-sustaining medical equipment to children with special needs. The Lending Closet is uniquely poised to bridge healthcare gaps for children with special needs. Families have been assisted in Allegheny, Armstrong, as well as 13 surrounding counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Lending Closet can provide, at no cost to the families in need, the medical equipment and supplies received as donations from families that no longer need them.

Each week we accept used and new items into our Pediatric Equipment and Medical Supply Closet from families, social workers, therapists, hospitals, and other agencies. Unfortunately, sometimes the donated items come in because a child has passed away. The family no longer has a need for these once precious and treasured items and there is no one who can take used equipment in and see it be re-homed to help another family like we can.

We started our Blanket Campaign last year as a means to provide comfort and care to a grieving family. We purchase large, velvet plush blankets and sew on our Reagan's Journey logo with a note of encouragement to each family. It's our hope that they will always feel like they are a part of our community and that their child's life has purpose and meaning. Their child's items will go on to positively impact many families and in some small way we hope that brings encouragement in light of such pain. In previous years, we had nothing to place in a family's arms after they had given us everything from their child. This project has positively fulfilled that need.

So far in 2021, we sent out 6 blankets and we want to be sure we can fulfill this same need in 2022.

We are requesting ten (10) blankets purchased from an outside vendor at $30 each for a total of $300. The cost of labels is factored into the price.


(1) MondoVap 2400 Steam Vapor System.

Cost of item:  $4,132.94 (tax & shipping incl.)

We currently sanitize our durable medical equipment with commercial grade cleaning wipes.  We want to ensure that our most vulnerable of clients are receiving an item that is safe for them to use.  Ultimately the goal would be to sanitize more thoroughly and without the use of harsh chemicals.  We have found a commercial machine that would allow us to accomplish both goals.  

Description from the website...

"Chemicals used to disinfect surfaces creates a residue where microbes thrive. By using the MondoVap® 2400 Steam Vapor System you no longer have to use chemical to disinfect surfaces. The MondoVap uses ordinary tap water and heats it within the boiler, creating a vapor steam that kills germs and other pathogens on contact. Harsh dangerous chemicals are not needed to disinfect surfaces. It contains a reservoir that is pumped into the boiler, meaning you are able to fill the unit while in use. No need to wait until the machine is at operating temperatures to refill. This allows for the machine to be used continuously, thus saving time."

 Wish Updated: 01/31/2022

Redbank Valley Trails Association (RVTA)
Requesting: $5,000

We would like to install a pit toilet and/or shelter along the trail to help cut our port-a-john annual expenses of over $,4600 and/or to provide shelter in inclement weather for trail users.

Requesting: Any Amount

Donation and grants of any amount are used by our volunteer based organization to maintain and improve 51 miles of non-motorized, 4 season, recreational rails to trails that are open to the public and run between the Allegheny River and Brookville along Red Bank Creek, connecting at the Allegheny River with the Armstrong Trail.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Sabers Booster Club
Requesting: Any amount

Small towns do not equal small dreams; nevertheless, small towns do equal small budgets.  Our student athletes in Susquehanna Community School District have so much determination, motivation, and commitment, despite all the obstacles that stand in their way to get to game day.  Our athletes aren't the ones that get a new uniform every year, there is no fancy turf on our football field, we patchwork pads and helmets from a dingy locker room that hasn't seen an upgrade since the 80's. They share outdated equipment across way too many players, even securing enough water at games proves to be a struggle, but still, they persevere, in the name of the game.  Our players can see the differences in budgets when they get glimpses of better things at bigger schools.  When its game day, our student athletes show up without the best gear or most expensive cleats and play their hearts out with class. They take their wins with pride and take their losses with lessons, improving every game.  

     The Sabers Booster Club is a group of parents trying to rebuild a once vibrant athletic program back to how it used to feel when budgets weren't razor thin and funds could be allocated to athletic programs without another area in the school going without.  

     Our goal is to transition our school's basement into a weight room for every single student to use.  This will include a film room to review tape, instead of hunting down an empty classroom.  So much time is wasted trying to find a place just to go over plays, they deserve to have a designated area to work on their skills.  Also, weight room with functioning equipment that isn't held together with medical tape and hopes that it can make it through another season.  The current weight room is more like a graveyard of supplies that no longer function.  Batting cages, archery targets and indoor turf are on the list as well.  We want it to be able to support every sport to the fullest. It is also longing a shared medical supply area where coaches have the items needed to tend to injuries.  Not a drawer with tape scraps and rusty scissors.  Last it will consist of fully stocked racks of protein bars and shakes, water, and Gatorade that doesn't have to be rationed out- no more hungry athletes.  If a child had to walk to practice from a house with food insecurity, we don't want them to have to think twice about grabbing protein bars to fill their stomach.

   http://www.sabersboosterclub.comWe want these players to feel valuable enough to have the nice things that other schools get to give their athletes, because they are.  If you've ever had the privilege of watching our Sabers play, you know how fierce their drive is.  We want to be able to bring sports back to Susquehanna, but we need help to make that happen.

wish updated 02/11/2022

Sugarcreek Township Volunteer Fire Department
Requesting: $7,500

To install automatic switch on our Emergency Generator so the building has power.  This building is an emergency shelter for township and county Red Cross.

Requesting: $2,900
Funding for 1 3/4X50' Double Jacket Fire Hoses, Quantity 12. This replaces our old used fire hoses. We make 4 lays of 200' for our engines.

Requesting:  Any amount
In need of funding to make yearly payments of $35,000 - any amount is greatly appreciated.


Wish updated 4/14/22.

The Center Midland
Requesting: $3,000

To continue to provide strong youth development programming for children age K4 through college. This includes after-school programs, meals, tutoring, enrichment classes in visual arts, music, theater, boxing, cooking, literary arts, and STEM. It also includes a variety of off-site educational trips and camps.

Requesting: $3,000

Brief Description of Wish: Our peer mentoring program matches one high school student with one child age 4-7 years. The mentors meet weekly with their mentees on-site to build relationship, help with homework, share a meal, and participate in a variety of activities. The mentors receive trainings and develop leadership skills, and the mentees have a strong positive role model to work with them. Funding would help provide supplies and trainings.

Requesting: $2,000

Brief Description of Wish: Our wholistic women’s health program is in its inaugural year. Programs are offered weekly for women at no cost to provide opportunities to develop healthy behaviors and skills. The focus is on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. We will also be launching 8 week programs which foster healing for widows, victims of abuse, and victims of assault. Funding will help to provide all of the materials and supplies needed to facilitate the programs.

Wish updated 12/21/2021

Thoroughbred Retirement, Rehabilitation, and Careers (TRRAC)
Requesting: Any

Please consider TRRAC for grant funding with your organization. Fund provided by your organization will be used to supplement the high cost of hay, fee, bedding, and medications that our horses require on a daily basis. This support will allow us to continue to provide the high-quality care that we pride ourselves on while still being able to run our training rehabilitation, and adoption programs at full capacity. We are located on Maui Meadow Farm in West Chester, PA.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

TryLife Center, Inc.
Requesting: $2,125

TryLife Center is a pregnancy and family resource center that provides pregnancy, parenting and life-skills education and counseling to impoverished mothers who are seeking to provide a more stable and positive home environment for their families.

The "Parent & Baby" program provides material support for infants from impoverished households by providing opportunities for young mothers to "earn" car seats, cribs and mattresses, diapers, formula, baby clothing and other baby necessities by participating in a unique "Learn to Earn" educational and counseling program.  Mothers learn about the stages of pregnancy and positive parenting skills, as well as self-sufficiency.  We have serves more than 400 mothers in our area. Our primary focus is Armstrong County while some efforts going into Allegheny County.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Foundation
Requesting: Any

The VFW Foundation is the official 501(c)(3) charity of the VFW and exists solely to support the programs and raise awareness necessary to operate the VFW. Founded in 1899, the VFW has an impeccable track record of meeting the urgent needs of America's veterans, service personnel, and their families through vital program and services which include:

  • Financial assistance in the form of financial grants to veterans and military families
  • Scholarships for veterans who have exhausted their G.I. Bill education benefits
  • Assistance with filing disability, education and housing claims with the V.A.

Wish Updated: 12/21/21

Worthington Borough Police Department
Requesting: Any

We are in need of a body camera to record police activity for the safety of all parties. This is my number one priority in helping this department keep up with the standards. Please help us with this request.

Requesting: $1,300

We are seeking funding to purchase a computer for the police department. The Borough of Worthington does not have the funds to purchase one and the program we have is Windows7 and it is not compatible with the State system.

Wish Updated 12/1/2021

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