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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.

Grant Wishes will remain on our website for 6 months. 
After 6 months, nonprofits must resubmit or inform us to extend for another 6 months. 
Wishes will show 2 dates – the date they are entered and the expiration date.


Angels for Everyday Heroes of Angels Journey Home 
Amount Requesting $15,000

The organization had a fire over a year ago and we are desperately trying to get back into the property.  We house elderly veterans there, also have the animal rescue with home therapeutic care.  We have many storage buildings for all of our donations to pass out to veterans and the homeless.  The money would be used to finish and rebuild.

Amount Requesting $20,000
Our vehicle has almost 200,000 miles on it and is ready to die.  We use our vehicle so much for the animals, veterans, homeless, children's programs, picking up and passing out donations, and transporting veterans to appointments when needed.  We desperately need another vehicle.

Wish Updated: 11/22/23
Wish Expires:  5/31/2024


Angels Journey Home Animal Rescue
Amount Requesting $25,000

We are in need of a vehicle to transport veterans to the hospital or doctor pick up groceries, donations for the homeless, and distributing donations to the homeless, plus take their pets to the vet.

Amount Requesting $40,000
We need fencing, building materials to finish kennels, finish rooms for veterans to stay, plumbing, and a small building to store donations that we give out to the homeless and community members.

Amount Requesting $30,000
Request for four tiny houses to be placed on our ten acre property to house homeless veterans, until they can get help to change their life journey, and where veterans waiting for a service dog can stay while their dog is being trained and help care for the animals.

Wish Updated: 03/01/2024
Wish Expires:  09/01/2024

Chef Ann Foundation 
Requesting: $4,636.36

Salad Bars to Schools (SB2S), is a grant program that helps schools expand their commitment to serving fresh fruits and vegetables by implementing salad bars as part of their daily meal programs. Salad Bars are a great way for schools to make a large impact with a relatively small investment. Salad Bars:

  • Act as a gateway for school meal programs into the world of scratch cooking 

  • Support a natural transition to greater local procurement of fresh, whole fruits and vegetables

  • Create less food waste by reducing prepackaged items 

  • ​​​​​​​Allow an offer versus serve option which cuts food waste and increases exposure to new items

  • ​​​​​​​Decrease the amount of highly processed foods served

  • ​​​​​​​Provide an avenue to introduce culturally relevant foods

  • ​​​​​​​Introduce fruits and vegetables to children early in life to help form healthy eating habits

The funding we are seeking will support a Salad Bar in Apollo Ridge School District reaching a population where approximately 70% of students qualify for free and reduced priced meals. Every salad bar grant package includes:

  • 1 - Stand-alone salad bar on wheels

  • 5 - Buffett Camchillers

  • ​​​​​​​Variety of pan sizes for various configurations

  • ​​​​​​​Tongs, divider bars, tray rails, and sign holder

  • ​​​​​​​2 - Seats for online “Salad Bars in Schools” training course (School Food Institute)

Please note we also are requesting funding for Salad Bars in the counties below:

  • Warrior Run School District, Northumberland County – 3 Salad Bars – Funding Requested: $13,909.08

  • ​​​​​​​Central Bucks School District, Bucks County – 9 Electric Bars – Funding Requested: $90,307.53

  • ​​​​​​​Provident Charter School, Allegheny County – 1 Salad Bar – Funding Requested: $4,636.36

​​The Chef Ann Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that school food professionals have the resources, funding and support they need to provide fresh, healthy, delicious, cook-from-scratch meals that support the health and well-being of children and our planet.

wish updated 12/1/2023
Expires:  7/1/2024

Christopher's Light 
Requesting: $5,000

Christopher's Light Non-Profit continually works towards the goal of providing for children residing in Armstrong, Indiana, and Westmoreland County. the assistance is focused on families in the low-income range. We offer clothing at no cost along with other items of necessity. Our focus is on children in the 5 yr-12yr age bracket but will assist, if possible, outside of the at range. Along with offering tangible items we strive to offer workshops for children ages 5-12. The workshops vary but focus to assist in daily living skills and contain educational activities.

To reach our goals of providing the above mentioned, we are requesting financial help to purchase items needed for our workshops. One of our greatest needs is items to conduct our planned workshops. To properly conduct the life skills classes, we need an electric stove along with other kitchen items and worktables. We would like to update the flooring in our children's activity room. We hope to purchase supply cabinets to house the supplies for our workshops.

Wish Updated: 10/31/2023
Wish Expires:  5/1/2024

Connections of Armstrong County 
Requesting: $2,500

We offer a monthly free community meal. this amount would fund those for the next year and help us finish stocking our kitchen (cookie sheets, utensils, etc.).

Requesting: $2,500
Utilities being turned off is a major problem in our community. Most places won't help people until they've been shut off, we'd like to help before that to save on fees, stress and time with no hear or water, (etc.)

Requesting: $2,500
Our building acts as a drop in enter when we are open. We try to keep food, water, coffee, hygiene supplies on hand to give to people in need. We are all donation funded so this would help us purchase toilet paper, paper towels, soap, cleaning supplies for our building.

Requesting: Any amount
"In the last six months we have seen the population of homeless people increase exponentially in our community. We had known this was a problem, but until now most of these people had somewhere to stay, even if it wasn’t their own place.

Now we are seeing many more people with nowhere to go at all, they are sleeping on the streets. There is only one local motel that agencies send these people (if they have funding) and this place is not safe.

For this reason, we have decided to pursue creating a homeless shelter. There isn’t one in our entire county. We would like to see a combination of a homeless shelter and affordable housing that people could transition into or just start out in.

We would also like to offer a variety of life skills classes to help prepare people to be on their own.

There is not a lot of public transportation in our area, so we would also like to be able to purchase a couple of large vans to transport people, to our facility if it is not in a location that is easy to access, but also into town so they can get to the public transportation to get to work and appointments."

wish updated 03/01/2024
expires: 09/01/2024

Folds of Honor Western PA
Requesting: $5,000

Folds of Honor is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization with the mission of providing educational scholarships to the spouses and children of America's service-members and first responders who were fallen or disabled during active duty. These scholarships support private educational tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for families in Western, PA. Your $5,000.00 grant would provide one scholarship for a deserving and qualified applicant in Armstrong County.

Wish Updated: 09/18/2023
Wish expires:  04/1/2024

Foundation for Free Enterprise Education (FFEE) 
Requesting: $2,780

The Foundation for Free Enterprise Education is seeking funding so four Armstrong County high school students can participate in the award-winning Pennsylvania Free
Enterprise Week (PFEW) program in the summer of 2023. At PFEW, students will:
- Learn all aspects of modern business including production, budgeting, management, finance, marketing, profit and loss, financial statements and more
- Develop job ready skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration
- Discover a variety of careers and interests, develop a strong work ethic, and build a mentor network 
- Prepare for direct entry into the workforce or higher education

Each $695 sponsorship pays for all educational activities, program materials, food, lodging and direct program expenses for a six-day intensive economic education on a college campus. All FFEE programs are approved to receive funding through DCED’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. FFEE is an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO).

PFEW is a proven component of effective workforce and leadership development and is critical to Pennsylvania’s future. This education is unavailable anywhere else, and it ignites a passion for business and private enterprise that will help our young people and our communities secure a stable future for us all.

Wish updated 12/1/2023
Wish expires:  07/01/2024

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania
Requesting:  $2,500

In the program year ending on September 30, 2023, GSWPA is currently serving 173 Girl Scouts across Armstrong County. To date, GSWPA has provided 48 (28%} girls with financial assistance for membership and 4 adult volunteers with financial assistance for membership totaling almost $2,000. In addition, many of those girls receiving financial assistance also receive uniforms free of cost at approximately $30/girl. This financial aid only represents 75% of our membership year as we have three months remaining. Additionally, GSWPA requires our volunteers to complete a series of trainings. This includes providing the technological resources and program materials to help volunteers seamlessly continue to facilitate the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience to Girl Scouts in Armstrong County.

Our council continues to believe that one of the most important investments we can make is supporting the development of girls. GSWPA provides year-round enriching programs and experiences to girls in grades K-12, where they learn skills and values that improve lifelong economic and social well-being.

We are committed to making Girl Scouting available to every girl that wants to take part. By removing the financial barriers and providing financial assistance to support participating in programs and activities, we ensure that we can bring Girl Scouting to even more girls. To help mitigate the financial challenges that so many are experiencing today, we're offering Girl Scout families assistance with any costs associated with our programs-to ensure all girls, regardless of their financial situation, can stay in Girl Scouts. Additionally, Girl Scouts continues to offer training and financial assistance for our volunteers to ensure that both girls and adults are having the best possible Girl Scouting experience. To continue to do this, we need your help. As families across the country continue experience uncertainty and upheaval, your investment in the mission of Girl Scouts is more important than ever before.

The goal of the GSLE is to bring about Five Positive Outcomes:

1.      Sense of self: Girls have confidence in themselves and their abilities and form positive identities.

2.      Positive values: Girls act ethically, honestly, and responsibly and show concern for others.

3.      Challenge seeking: Girls take appropriate risks, try new things even if they might fail, and learn from mistakes.

4.      Healthy relationships: Girls develop and maintain healthy relationships by communicating their feelings directly and resolving conflicts constructively.

5.      Community problem solving: Girls desire to contribute to the world in purposeful and meaningful ways, learn how to identify problems in the community, and create "action plans" to solve them.

Specific objectives for the GSLE in Armstrong County are:

-             Enroll 170-200 girls in Girl Scouts in Armstron County.

-             Provide financial assistance (25%-28% of enrolled girls) to ensure all girls, regardless of their financial situation can be in Girl Scouts.


Wish Updated: 11/22/23
Wish Expires:  5/31/2024

Hose Company #6 Kittanning
Requesting: $5,000

Fire fighter alerting pagers. We are requesting funding to assist our fire department in purchasing pagers. With the changing of technology comes the need to update obsolete alert paging methods so first responders get alerted of an emergency response in our community and mutual aid service areas. Funding this project bring our fire department into an enhanced alerting system to get our first responders the information needed to serve our public in their time of need.

wish updated:  02/07/2024
wish expires:  08/01/2024

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: 12/01/2023
Wish expires:  07/01/2024

Keystone Family Alliance
Requesting: $9,000

Keystone Family Alliance aims to educate, motivate, and equip every Christian in the state of Pennsylvania on the needs of orphans and vulnerable children, both locally and globally. We are a statewide nonprofit that is currently active in 16 of Pennsylvania’s counties that seeks to bridge the gap between the desperate needs in the child welfare system and Pennsylvania churches. Our vision is to serve every county in PA, and we are currently working to launch in Armstrong.

We are requesting $9,000 to officially begin our work in the area. This money will help us begin developing Care Communities for foster families and provide items and services requested by families in need. A care community is a group of 4-5 volunteers that provide support to foster and adoptive families for one year. The support they provide can range from providing childcare to dropping off meals once a month. KFA recruits, trains, launches, and maintains these Care Communities. We also provide support by promoting foster care and encouraging families to open their hearts and homes to children.


wish updated:  12/07/2023
wish expires:  07/01/2024

Kittanning Free Methodist Church
Requesting: $2,500

We currently run a blessing box that provides food, blankets, diapers, formula, wipes, and hygiene products to those in need in the community. We are looking to build a bigger blessing box to house more items and to help supplement the cost of keeping it stocked. 

Requesting: $2,000
We run a ministry called God's Choice for folks in our community with disabilities, special needs, and their family/caregivers. We offer a free meal, worship, singing, a Bible story, and fellowship 2 Monday's a month. The program serves 80 - 90 people each session and we could use the extra funds to purchase food for the meals. 

Amount Request: $5000
We are looking for funding to start a church residency pilot program that will serve to help train ministry leaders. We want to become a teaching church in the same way a hospital is a teaching hospital. 

Wish Updated:  04/15/2024
Wish Expires:  October 15, 2024


Wish Updated: 02/13/2023 
Wish expires:  12/01/2023

Life Choices
Requested amount: $40

2024 is our 40th Anniversary! We are seeking new monthly donors for $40/month. The first 40 donors receive a Life Choices t-shirt, the book Until Unity by Francis Chan, a sticker, and a keychain.

Requested amount: $1,000
Smart TVs for our 4 medical clinics so that our clients can access our app directly on the TVs during their appointment.

Requested amount: $5,000
We purchased a building in downtown Kittanning next to Dunkin Donuts in June 2023. The building needs the gutters replaced as they are backed up with leaves and debris beyond repairability.

Wish updated 02/15/2024
Wish expires:  08/31/2024

Orphans of the Storm
Requesting: $10,000

Orphans’ kennel is a 1,500 SF shelter, built in 1971.  It is too small for the current and future pet needs.  Recent highway work has caused frequent flooding from a nearby pond and stream, necessitating immediate evacuation of the animals, putting employees and volunteers at risk, and damaging the facility and records.  

wish updated 12/1/2023
Wish expires:  07/01/2024

Rural Valley Methodist Church
Requesting: $16,000

The Rural Valley Methodist Church needs a new boiler/furnace. It has been repaired several times and now the HVAC personnel say they need a new one since the repairman is unable to obtain parts for . The church is holding fundraisers to help with the expense. The church  currently has $5,000 for the down payment.

Any donation is appreciated. Please contact Dee Detweiler at (724) 783-6847.

819 Main Street
Rural Valley , PA, 16249

Wish Updated: 10/16/2023
Wish expires: 5/1/2024

Shannock Valley Elementary PTO 
Requesting: Any Amount

At Shannock Valley Elementary, our parent teacher organization (PTO) provides an opportunity for our parents and guardians to work together with our educators to supplement and enrich the educational process for our students. We help to support our teachers within the classroom as well as provide additional experiences and opportunities for our students that they may not be able to partake in otherwise. We rely solely on the support of our families, teachers, and community for the success of completing our mission.

In addition to our standard school year goals, our PTO is currently undertaking a major playground renovation project. The aging equipment we are looking to replace is approximately 30 years old and is in desperate need of replacing. We would like to replace the current structure with something newer and safer but also to accommodate our school’s growing population of students with disabilities. SVE currently houses the autistic support classroom for ASD, as well as a classroom designed for students needing occupational therapy. Our current equipment does not meet the needs of these students, nor does it provide the engaging environment these students deserve. We want to ensure that our student population is represented in its entirety during the undertaking of this renovation project. We appreciate any help that is available.

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wish updated 10/18/2023
wish expires 5/1//2024

South Buffalo Twp. Volunteer Fire Company
Requesting: $5,000

The South Buffalo Twp. Volunteer Fire Company holds a truck and tractor pull benefit event and all proceeds to the recipient chosen. This year’s recipient is Christian Stiehler, who suffered cardiac arrest at 9 months old while on the way to the hospital after contracting COVID. Miraculously, his life was saved but forever changed. Christian has been diagnosed with several conditions/disorders which require extensive therapy and medical equipment that needs to be replaced often due to his continuous growth.

wish updated 10/13/2023
expires: 5/1//2024

Sugarcreek Township Volunteer Fire Department

We have three main projects that we are attempting to accomplish this year.

1) Requesting:  $10,000
We need to upgrade our portable hand held radios to allow us to communicate between our Armstrong County and our Butler County radio frequencies. We are planning to buy 2 radios at approximately $5,000 each.

2) Requesting:  Pending 
Our second project for this year is to tar and chip our parking lot for which we will need to buy the oil which cost is pending.

3) Requesting:  Pending
Erecting an electronic sign along the highway to inform people of what is happening.

Wish updated 02/12/2024
Wish expires:  08/31/2024

If you are a nonprofit interested in submitting information for the grant wish list, please complete the Grant Wish List Request Form and email to or call 724-548-5897 for more information.