Centre Foundation Awards More Than $75,000 in Annual Grants
State College, PA – Dec. 21, 2021 – Centre Foundation recently selected 25 local organizations to receive grants from this year’s Field-of-Interest funds, totaling more than $75,000.
Each September, organizations are encouraged to apply for funding from these 15 funds, which were established by donors to support various causes and/or geographical areas in Centre County.
The grants will fund a variety of programs that focus on education, health and social services, animal welfare, youth development, and the performing arts.
“Centre Foundation is grateful for these endowments and the opportunity to witness the powerful impact that local nonprofits are able to achieve because of these grants,” said Executive Director, Molly Kunkel. “Field of Interest endowment funds allow donors to support their passions and the community’s needs in perpetuity.”
This year, the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries will receive a grant from the Ben Franklin Fund, which will help the Federation in their ongoing effort to bridge the digital divide by loaning Wi-Fi hotspot modems to library cardholders in Centre County. The addition of these devices will provide temporary internet access for those who may be unable to afford it.
“On behalf of our Schlow Library community, we’re so thankful to receive this support from Centre Foundation, which partially funds our ability to continue loaning Wi-Fi hotspot devices,” said Library Director, Lisa Rives Collens.
Nathaniel Rasmussen, Head of IT Services, added, “At a time when broadband access is as critical to learning, growing, socializing, and living as ever, we are so delighted to be able to continue to help county residents with limited options have access to a free means of connectivity.”
The funds and recipients of each grant are as follows:
The Ben Franklin Fund supports community projects in Centre, Clearfield, Huntingdon, and Mifflin counties, carrying out Franklin’s commitment to giving back to Pennsylvania communities. This year, $2,029 will be divided between three organizations:
- Centre County Federation of Public Libraries will receive $702 for the Wi-Fi Hotspot Lending program.
- Huntingdon County Arts Council will receive $625 to provide folk musician concerts and workshops in Huntingdon County’s elementary and middle schools.
- Ten Thousand Villages of Central PA will receive $702 for the Village Fair program.
The Caroyln A. Petrus Memorial Seeing Eye Dog Fund supports organizations that raise, train, and match seeing-eye dogs those who need them. The Seeing Eye will receive $15,873 to provide instruction and training for Seeing Eye dog recipients.
The Centre Children’s Fund supports organizations that provide programs and services to at-risk children. This year, $1,666 will be divided between two organizations:
- Centre LGBTQA Support Network will receive $833 for the Centre LGBTQA Youth Summit event.
- Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania will receive $833 to provide youth summer camp scholarships.
The Centre County Medical Society Fund assists nonprofits that are working to promote the health and well-being of Centre County citizens, specifically those that are fighting obesity in children and/or creating playground equipment or facilities. Mountaintop Swimming Pool will receive $1,095 to provide transportation for community children to the swimming pool during the summer.
The Counseling Service, Inc. Fund, which supports the provision of direct behavioral and mental health counseling services to Centre County residents, will provide $9,760 to Centre Safe to provide therapy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
The Donna L. Litke Occupational Horse Therapy Endowment Fund supports the maintenance and upkeep of horses used for occupational therapy in Centre County or in any of the six contiguous counties (Blair, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Union). This year, $4,377 will be divided between three organizations:
- Hands On Therapeutic Riding Program and Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center will each receive $1,459 to support the care and upkeep of therapy horses.
- Victory Therapeutic Horsemanship will receive $1,459 for the Operation Strides program.
The J. Alvin and Vera E. Knepper Hawbaker Memorial Endowment supports organizations that provide vital health and education services across Centre County. This year, $3,719 will be divided between three organizations:
- Mountaintop Swimming Pool will receive $242 to provide transportation for community children to the swimming pool during the summer.
- Ridgelines Language Arts will receive $1,200 for the Stories from Inside program.
- Strawberry Fields will receive $2,277 for the Toddler Learning Center program.
The Louis E. and Patricia H. Silvi Fund, which supports early childhood education programs that improve the health, care, and education of young children, will provide $1,029 to Park Forest Preschool for the Movement & Mindfulness program.
The Mattil Family Fund supports animal welfare causes and this year will provide $904 divided between two organizations:
- Hope’s Dream Rescue and Sanctuary will receive $424 to purchase trap-neuter-release (TNR) traps.
- Pets Come First will receive $480 for the Community Cat Trap & Release program.
The Patricia Farrell Music Fund supports music programs of all types, especially those focusing on children. This year, $8,303 will be divided between two organizations:
- Acoustic Brew Concert Series will receive $2,700 to provide free children’s concerts.
- Schlow Centre Region Library will receive $5,603 to provide a free children’s music series as part of the Summer Reading program.
The Philipsburg Area Fund supports Philipsburg-area nonprofit organizations and programs. This year, $1,718 will be divided between two organizations:
- Friends of the Library of Philipsburg will receive $859 to improve the children’s area of the Holt Memorial Library.
- Rowland Theatre will receive $859 for the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra event.
The Proud to Be An American Fund supports nonprofits that display, encourage, or promote patriotic observances, especially on the 4th of July. This year, $913 will be divided between two organizations:
- A Soldier’s Hands will receive $513 for the Stars for Veterans program.
- Centre County Library and Historical Museum will receive $400 to purchase patriotic flags and bunting for the Miles-Hume House.
The Ruth E. Rishel Charitable Fund, which supports nonprofits and projects exclusively in the Penns Valley area will provide $2,267 to Penns Valley Senior Resource Center to provide ukulele workshops for seniors and adults with disabilities and a concert for the Penns Valley community.
The William W. and Helen S. Litke Memorial Fund supports programs for Centre County residents with hearing loss. This year, $21,160 will be divided between two organizations:
- Centre County Library and Historical Museum will receive $420 to purchase adjustable monitor stands to improve communication.
- Centre Volunteers in Medicine will receive $20,740 for the CVIM Hearing Aid Program.
For more information about all of Centre Foundation’s granting opportunities, please visit our website, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or contact our Community Impact Director, Rachael Hartman (firstname.lastname@example.org | 814-237-6229).
To learn more about setting up your own fund to support a passion near to your heart, please contact our Development and Stewardship Director, Kerry Tolton (email@example.com | 814-237-6229).
Centre Foundation’s mission is to inspire and facilitate a culture of giving to create a vibrant community.