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Emerging Philanthropist Program (EPP) Grant

Grant to a Harrisburg Area, Pennsylvania
Nonprofit to Alleviate Childhood Poverty

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP)

Deadline Date:

08/01/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grant of $5,000 to a Harrisburg Area, Pennsylvania nonprofit organization working to alleviate childhood poverty by addressing barriers to education. Preference will be given to activities benefitting children up to 10 years of age. Priority will be given to programs with a proven track record.

The Emerging Philanthropist Program (EPP) is a joint project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) and Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) that provides opportunities for emerging leaders in the Harrisburg community to become actively engaged with the power of philanthropy.

The Emerging Philanthropist Program seeks to engage Harrisburg’s emerging business and community leaders with the great possibilities that lie within philanthropic endeavors in Harrisburg. The program helps emerging philanthropists answer such questions as: What does it mean to be philanthropic?; How do I understand the needs of our community?; and What can I do to make an impact? Additionally, The Emerging Philanthropist Program provides resources and educational opportunities for Harrisburg’s developing leaders who wish to be actively engaged in giving back to their community.

Funding Priority:

Each year the EPP program will announce the funding priority to be used to guide its grantmaking. In 2018, the EPP program will focus upon and work towards decreasing childhood poverty by eliminating barriers to education.  To address this mission, EPP invites nonprofits organizations to submit applications that will work to decrease childhood poverty by eliminating barriers to education.  Proposed projects and/or programs must take place in the Harrisburg and surrounding areas and preference will be given to proposals serving children ages birth-10 years of age.

In addition:
-EPP participants will give priority to programs with a proven track record of success in the focus areas and that can demonstrate measurable outcomes.
-Select applicants will be asked to complete an interview and/or a site visit with the EPP participants prior to the grant being awarded.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173670

Number of Grants:

One (1) grant will be awarded to the chosen organization.

Estimated Size of Grant:


Term of Contract:

Proposed projects may take place at any time during the grant year beginning January 1, 2019 and ending December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must either be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or have a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization act as a fiscal sponsor for the proposed project.

Not Funded:
-Capital campaigns
-Direct lobbying to influence legislation or funding appropriations
-National and statewide umbrella organizations that cannot demonstrate a local presence
-New staff positions without a substantial plan for sustainability
-Religious organizations for religious purposes
-Retroactive projects

Pre-Application Information:

EPP will not fund 100% of any project.

All applicants are invited to contact Jennifer Strechay, Program Officer for Community Investment to discuss an in progress or proposed project.

Applicants may also request one review of their application materials by Ms. Strechay prior to submission; please note that requests made later than two weeks prior to the grant submission deadline will not be honored.

Grant Timeline:
-Application Available: May 22,2018
-Application Deadline: August 1, 2018 All application materials must be received by, not postmarked by, 4:00 PM.
-Applicants will be notified of their status in Fall 2018.

Program Information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Jennifer Strechay, Program Officer

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
Attn: Jennifer Strechay
PO Box 678
Harrisburg, PA 17108-0678

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Harrisburg and surrounding areas