Providing Warmth, Shelter, and Sustenance

Volunteers help set up at the Somerset County Mobile Food Bank's Rockwood distribution location. The food bank received $5,000 from CFA's 2019 Fall Grants.
Volunteers help set up at the Somerset County Mobile Food Bank’s Rockwood distribution location. The food bank received $5,000 from CFA’s 2019 Fall Grants.

Our grant distribution committee members were impressed by the creativity, ingenuity, and heart for the community we saw in the projects and programs. Their ideas and energy add to the optimism we feel about the direction of our community.

CFA Awards Fall Grants in Bedford, Somerset, Cambria, and Indiana Counties

Thanks to donors, 86 area nonprofits were awarded more than $207,000 through our 2019 fall grant rounds. The funding represents local investments in health and human services; arts and culture; children and youth; nonprofit support; community and economic development; education; conservation and more in Bedford, Somerset, Cambria, and Indiana counties. (See the full list of grantees and amounts HERE.)

“This has been an especially busy grant round with 124 applicants seeking a total of $725,000,” CFA Program Officer Angie Berzonski said. “Our grant distribution committee members were impressed by the creativity, ingenuity, and heart for the community we saw in the projects and programs. Their ideas and energy add to the optimism we feel about the direction of our community.”

This fall, many of the grants focused around projects to help keep neighbors fed and warm this winter as well as opportunities to build on the region’s natural assets and heritage. Regionwide, a total of $76,560 was awarded to health and human services projects, with $38,688 marked for community and economic development initiatives. (See attachment for a county-by-county list of projects and grant amounts.)

“With help from donors past and present, we are thrilled to be able to continue supporting causes that respond to needs among our friends and neighbors and projects—from arts and culture to recreation—that bring our community closer together,” CFA President Mike Kane said. “At a time when we consider all we have to be thankful for, we are especially appreciative of the community-minded people who were caring enough, and forward-thinking enough, to invest in the future, even though they knew they would not have the opportunity to see the fruits of their generosity.”

CFA’s regular fall and spring grant rounds are made possible through a number of funds, including Fund for the Future, an unrestricted endowment that will adapt to evolving community needs forever. For more information on the Foundation’s community endowments and special initiatives, see cfalleghenies.org/funds.

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