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Greater Harrisburg Foundation (GHF) Upstream Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits for Education,
Environment, and Senior Services in the Harrisburg Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) - Greater Harrisburg Foundation (GHF)

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofits for programs that create positive social change in the Harrisburg area. Programs may align with the following areas of focus: health and wellness, seniors, education, environment and parks, homelessness and hunger, mental health, and specific communities.

The Greater Harrisburg Foundation (GHF) Upstream grant opportunity seeks to improve area communities by supporting existing or new “upstream” systems, interventions, programs, or projects that attempt to create positive social change by addressing a problem at its source rather than managing its “downstream” symptoms.

GHF Upstream welcomes creative and strategic solutions that seek to address the source of systemic issues within the communities you serve. Applicants may seek support for any “upstream” project, program, or intervention that best meets the needs of the population to be served.

Examples of upstream projects include, but are not limited to: access to quality education, access to a safe and healthy environment; life skills training; materials that increase accessibility or improve an individual’s self-sufficiency; availability of reliable and safe transportation that improves an individual or group’s ability to grow, learn, or address a key need; animal spay/neuter clinics; early health screenings; job training and placement; support of basic needs that work to support an individual or group’s ability to grow, learn, or address a key need.

The principal focus of GHF Upstream is the support of any grant application that best presents upstream solutions to any area of community need. However, empowered by a range of special funds which serve to collectively strengthen area communities through shared themes, GHF Upstream is additionally pleased to welcome upstream applications that address:

- Education: Early childhood education; education and development programs for children and youth; educational programs serving adults

- Environment and Parks: Environmental stewardship; horticulture and the arts; health and environment; park beautification and improvement

- Health and Wellness: Health and human services; programs and projects focusing upon: cancer awareness and/or research, dental care for those in need, HIV and AIDS, individuals with debilitating or terminal illness, Individuals with intellectual disabilities, prevention of head and/or spinal cord injury, purchasing of devices that improve accessibility

- Homelessness and Hunger: Programs and projects addressing homelessness & hunger

- Mental Health: Counseling for children with terminally ill family members; guidance, counseling, or programming that includes guidance and/or counseling for youths; programs and projects that address mental health

- Seniors: Programs and projects serving older adults

- Communities of Focus: Programs and projects that benefit residents of Millersburg, a borough of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Disaster relief and human services that serve the communities of Lebanon City, PA and Cressona, PA. Please note: each community of focus is supported by special funds and parameters established by caring community members and is specific to the respective community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183962

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

The number of grant awards will be dependent upon the quantity of qualified applicants and funds sought.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards will range from $500 – $10,000; the maximum grant for any proposal is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposed projects may take place at any time during the grant year beginning January 1, 2020 and ending December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible projects must serve individuals, groups, and/or locations within Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties, and/or the Dillsburg Area of Northern York County.

Applicants must be a charitable organization that is tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) or a public charity under IRS Section 509 (a). Organizations or projects operating under a fiscal sponsor with tax exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3) are also eligible.

Applications from faith-based organizations for programs or projects that serve all members of the community as applicable to the project and do not require participation in religious activity for receipt of services are eligible.

Not funded:
- Advertising
- Capital campaigns
- Direct lobbying to influence legislation or funding appropriations
- Individuals
- 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:

GHF Upstream cannot fund 100% of any project; applicants may not submit applications seeking 100% project support.

- April 1, 2019: Application available.
- August 1, 2019: All application materials must be submitted through the online application system by 4:00 pm.
- Applicants will be notified of their status on or before December 1, 2019.

Applicants may request a draft review of their application materials by the Program Officer for Community Investment prior to submission. Draft review requests should be limited to one review of each grant opportunity and staff will not be able to honor technical assistance requests made later than two weeks prior to the submission deadline.

Contact Information:

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

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To submit a draft review, email all materials to be reviewed as an attachment to

Questions? Contact:
Jennifer Strechay, Program Officer for Community Investment

The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
PO Box 678
Harrisburg, PA 17108-0678

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and/or Perry Counties and the Dillsburg Area of Northern York County