York, PA — Twelve programs designed to improve the quality of life in York County are the newest recipients of grants from the York County Community Foundation’s (YCCF) Fund for York County, Beautiful York Program Fund, Children’s Program Fund, and the White Rose Foundation Fund.
“Through building relationships with the organizations applying for grants from the Fund for York County, we received some outstanding programs during this round. While we weren’t able to fund every application, we are constantly amazed by the commitment and great work being led by strong nonprofit leaders in York County,” said Lise Levin, Vice President of Community Investment for YCCF.
The Fund for York County is the foundation’s fund for high-impact initiatives that support quality education, workforce development and revitalizing downtowns and neighborhoods. It is comprised of nearly 60 funds designated to meet the community’s most pressing needs.
Additional funds that advised grants recently include the Beautiful York Fund, which helps to assure that the beauty of York City lasts forever. The Children’s Program Fund is a field of interest fund for programs that improve the lives of York County’s children. The White Rose Foundation Fund was created when the White Rose Foundation dissolved and moved its assets to YCCF.
YCCF Fund for York County Grants:
$3,000 to YMCA of York and York County to support The New American Welcome Center. The New American Welcome Center will strengthen immigrant access to vital social services and strengthen bridge-building and community integration strategies to advance newcomer inclusion.
$6,000 to SpiriTrust Lutheran to support Educating the Next Generation of Certified Nursing Assistants program. SpiriTrust Lutheran plans to test an innovative workforce development program that would transition part-time personal care aides into full-time certified nursing assistants.
$10,000 to Mason-Dixon Business Association to support Delta Borough Revitalization. A third annual contract for Delta Borough revitalization with PA Downtown Center will continue efforts to create economic vitality, promotion, town improvements and marketing.
$8,000 to Philanthropic Endeavors, fiscal sponsor for Oliver Bliss Designs, to support Community Murals and Arts Program on Demand in three York City neighborhoods. This program is designed to allow for community voices through public murals in city neighborhoods, by community residents.
$17,000 to Northeast Neighborhood Association to support Chrystal’s Place Rehab demolition project. Chrystal’s Place Rehab Project will increase safety and clean, green space by removing several unsuitable buildings from the property at 216 Chestnut Street.
$10,000 to York Academy Regional Charter School to purchase SapphireK12 Child Accounting Software. The SapphireK12 software will be used to store the York Academy’s child accounting information. The software has the ability for parents to monitor their child’s academic achievement.
$6,000 Philanthropic Endeavors, fiscal sponsor for Studio 117, to support a Mobile Music Lab. The Mobile Music Lab is a traveling music production teaching lab. The MML will operate within York County and beyond to serve the overwhelming need for “sound” instruction in the areas of musical production and technology to students of all ages.
$9,000 to Pa Child to support Jook University 101. Training a core of fundamental values and best practices in building relationships to youth program leaders throughout York City.
$10,000 to York County Bar Foundation to support Hard Bargains 1777. A dynamic mix of art and history: a public art installation celebrating adoption, in York, of the Articles of Confederation, precursor to the U.S. Constitution.
The YCCF Beautiful York Program Fund also awarded $10,000 to York County Bar Foundation to support Hard Bargains 1777.
The YCCF White Rose Foundation Fund announced a $6,000 grant to City of York-Bureau of Health to support Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Read Together. The Bureau of Health’s nurse home visiting program strives to promote literacy and the love of reading from pregnancy through kindergarten.
Big Brothers Big Sisters received a $10,000 grant from YCCF Children’s Program Fund to support the Kindred Spirit program. Kindred Spirits is an outreach campaign to recruit volunteers from the minority community to be mentors for children in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ programs.
The Children’s Program Fund also awarded $6,000 to WITF to support a Media Literacy program that provides a hands-on learning opportunity to teach Middle School students how to COMPREHEND, CREATE and CHALLENGE media.