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Women’s Giving Circle Awards $44,400 to York Community Projects

Women’s Giving Circle Awards $44,400 to York Community Projects

Eight York area nonprofits are the recipients of grants from the Women’s Giving Circle of the York County Community Foundation. They were selected as part of the most recent WGC Competitive Grants Program, for a total of $44,400 in grants.

Victoria Connor, Chair of the Women’s Giving Circle remarked, “Our Grants Committee members were highly impressed by the quality and the diversity of the projects in the many applications received. Eighteen submissions were reviewed and scored by our volunteers with a sharp focus on alignment with our funding priorities of fostering educational opportunities, especially for those at risk, as well as urban revitalization which includes bringing people downtown and cultivating vibrant safe neighborhoods. As always, we are excited to work with our partners and look forward to seeing the impact of these investments in our community.”

  • City of York’s Bureau of Health – Zagster Bike Share Program: $9,000 for one new bike station as part of Year 2 expansion of pilot program designed to increase recreation-related physical activity and to provide multimodal transportation opportunities.
  • Cultural Alliance of York – CelebrateARTS! MLK, Jr. Celebration: $1,400 to support new event dedicated to serving children and families living in the York City neighborhoods surrounding the downtown as part of the Cultural Alliance’s week of free cultural events in January.
  • Downtown Inc. – Foundry Park Security Camera Project: $2,500 to install high-quality securing camera and monitoring equipment in Foundry Park as part of larger effort to fill gaps in York’s downtown security camera infrastructure and improve public safety.
  • Leadership York/Leadership for Diverse Schools – Project TEAM at Spring Grove School District: $1,000 to expand LDS graduates’ efforts to create a positive school culture across the Spring Grove School District that supports problem solving, conflict resolution, resiliency, leadership, and anti-bullying.
  • Watershed Alliance of York – Expansion/Promotion of Codorus Water Trail: $1,000 to build on past efforts to promote the Codorus Creek as a major recreational destination.
  • York Academy – Makerspace Program at Upper School: $10,000 to support acquisition of equipment needed to outfit new makerspace/design center within the new high school (to be opened to students in Fall 2018).
  • York College Center for Community Engagement – YCCOSP Generations of Hope: $9,500 for a new program to better prepare York College Community Opportunity Scholarship Program recipients for meaningful employment in York and enable them to participate in organizations that shape the future of York City and York County.
  • York County Bar Foundation – Hard Bargains 1777 public art installation: $10,000 for detailed historical and design development for a large, permanent outdoor public art installation that commemorates the work of the Second Continental Congress in York, PA, in the Fall of 1777 and highlights the adoption of the Articles of Confederation.

The Women’s Giving Circle of York County Community Foundation builds a community of thoughtful, effective philanthropists. They aspire to advance York County’s social capital through the Circle’s community leadership, charitable investments, and course of study. They forge new relationships among women of diverse ages, interests, and backgrounds.