Meadville Tribune

November 2, 2013

Groups invited to apply for foundation grants


Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — The Crawford Heritage Community Foundation will accept applications for discretionary grants through Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. Grant requests may be submitted by eligible tax-exempt nonprofits, governmental bodies, municipalities and schools using a form on at crawfordheritage.org/grantapp.html online.

The foundation awards discretionary grants twice each year from several funds. Grants from the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund and Ben Franklin Trust support projects in all parts of Crawford County.

Titusville-area projects are financed from the Fred Lintner Fund. Programs for children and youth receive support from the Bernadene R. and John B. Cooley Fund. Grants from the Marian and Vincent Barsch Fund support cemetery preservation projects throughout Crawford County.

Grant awards typically range from $300 to $3,000 with an average of $1,000. Applicants should consider these limitations when making a request.

Grants are awarded to deserving organizations to address a variety of issues including environmental protection and beautification, benevolent, charitable and civic functions, community development, education and literary pursuits, health and safety, and research and scientific development. Grant applications are accepted from tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, government bodies, municipalities and schools.

Previous grants have assisted health programs in providing care and medication for patients’ in-need. They have supported programs to educate children about business, computers and theater, teach art and technology to senior citizens and enlighten everyone about local history. Local parks, greenways and recreational areas have been improved. Activities for at-risk youth and improvements to emergency housing have also received support.

The Crawford Heritage Community Foundation is dedicated to making Crawford County a better place to live, learn, work and raise a family. The foundation helps people make the most of their philanthropy by giving to endowed funds. Grant awards are made from these funds to support the causes donors care about as well as worthwhile programs selected by the foundation.

The foundation manages more than 100 funds, which benefit more than 100 different organizations, scholarships and charitable purposes. More than $4 million has been awarded since the organization was established in 1998.

-More information about making a gift or seeking grant support: Write the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation, P.O. Box 933, Meadville, Pa. 16335; call 336-5206; or visit crawfordheritage.org.