Foundation Awards Discretionary Grants

The Crawford Heritage Community Foundation has recently awarded grants totaling $16,582 to twenty different organizations. Grants are made county-wide from their Unrestricted Fund and Ben Franklin Trust, in the Titusville area from the Fred Lintner Fund and from the Bernadene R. and John B. Cooley Fund to benefit programs for children and youth.

The Foundation gives back to the community through discretionary grants. They prioritize giving to improve upon the effectiveness of existing programs and support projects that incorporate preventive or curative approaches to the problems and challenges of our community.

“Our community needs to be healthier. These grants will help to improve people’s physical, mental and financial health,” says Christian Maher, Executive Director.

The Academy Theatre will improve its ability to present high-quality performing arts events through the purchase of a light board with $1,500.

The Achievement Center, Inc. assists families of children with autism and other mental health issues. They will purchase books and resources for their Meadville location with $600.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Allegheny College helps low- to moderate-income people to prepare tax returns to take advantage of the earned income tax-credit. Supplies for the program will be purchased with $1,000.

The Beaver Township Community Center will improve access to its building with $1,000 to help refurbish its entrances and handicap access ramp.

Big Brothers and Sisters of Crawford County provides adult mentors to improve children’s self-esteem, keep them active in school and away from alcohol and illegal drugs. Office equipment will be purchased with $600 to help improve administrative efficiency.

Allegheny College’s Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED) received $600 for the “Healthy Homes, Healthy Children” program. Through the program, parents are educated how to reduce the risk of preventable childhood disease and keep their children healthier.

Center for Family Services, Inc. helps people and families in Crawford County during times of crisis by providing food, clothing and other types of assistance. They received $750 to defray part of the cost to make their building more handicap accessible.

Bicyclists enjoy the Clear Lake Authority’s recreational trail

Bicyclists enjoy the
Clear Lake Authority’s
recreational trail

The Clear Lake Authority will purchase equipment for a planned recreational trail in the Spartanburg area with $1,000.

The Crawford Health Improvement Coalition will use $1,000 to help implement an effort to improve community health by providing families with nutrition and fitness education.

Erie Homes for Children and Adults provides care for people with developmental disabilities. Therapeutic equipment to improve the health and well-being of people with developmental disabilities residing in a Titusville group home will be purchased with $250.

The Fairview Fairmont Outreach Center will improve its ability to provide numerous programs to its community through the purchase of a fold and roll table with $750.

Jamestown Elementary School band and choir students will attend a musical production in Pittsburgh. Bus transportation will be underwritten with $289.

The Meadville Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation was given $750 for their Summer Career Camp. The program helps middle school students plan for the future by exploring potential careers and beginning the process of formulating a career path.

Meadville Market House supports the local economy by providing a venue for the sale of produce and other items grown, raised and created by regional farmers and producers. A new software system will be purchased with the assistance of $453.

Penn State Cooperative Extension will teach young people about science, engineering, and technology through robotics and sustainable energy exploration with $600 to purchase program supplies.

The Titusville Area United Way’s Center for Financial Independence helps low- to moderate-income people to prepare tax returns to take advantage of the earned income tax-credit and teaches how to reduce debt and build assets. The cost program supplies will be defrayed with $2,000.

The United Way of Western Crawford County’s Community Improvement Center builds handicap access ramps and completes minor home repairs for low-income and senior citizen homeowners. They received $1,000 to purchase building materials.

West Mead Township received $750 toward installation of handicap access ramps and pavilion improvements at Oakgrove Park.

The YWCA of Titusville is focused on empowering women and celebrating cultural differences. Equipment will be purchased with $1,503 for a recreational program promoting young children’s health and socialization.