The Crawford Heritage Community Foundation will accept applications for discretionary grants through 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 15, 2021. Grant requests may be submitted by eligible tax-exempt nonprofits, government bodies, municipalities and schools. Grant guidelines and an application form can be found at https://www.crawfordheritage.org/grants/grant-guidelines/.
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. Programs for children and youth receive support from the Bernadene R. and John B. Cooley Fund while the Crawford County Literacy Council Endowment supports literacy projects. The Marian and Vincent Barsch Fund supports cemetery preservation projects throughout Crawford County. Titusville-area projects are financed by the Fred Lintner Fund and Titusville Fund. Faith-based and religious programs in the Titusville-area may apply for funding from the Albert L. Carlson Fund.
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 benevolent, charitable and civic functions, community development, education and literary pursuits, health and safety, and research and scientific development, as well as environmental protection and beautification. Grant applications are accepted from tax-exempt non-profit organizations, government bodies, municipalities and schools.
Previous grants have helped local libraries enhance their collections and offerings. They have supported programs to educate children about business, care for senior citizens and make the arts more accessible to everyone. 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. They make grants totaling more than $1 million each year. More than $10 million has been awarded since the organization was established in 1998. For more information about making a gift or seeking grant support for a project, write the Crawford Heritage Community Foundation, PO Box 933, Meadville, PA 16335, phone (814) 336-5206 or visit them on-line at www.crawfordheritage.org.