Since 2006, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation has given over $84,000 to charitable organizations throughout the county.
Last year over $20,000 was awarded to 19 various charities including local playgrounds, cancer support groups, children and parenting programs, senior exercise classes, food banks, library services, historical societies, and student art beautification efforts.
The Big Run Park Association said of their award for playground equipment, “We can assure you that the new equipment will be enjoyed by community members for many years to come.”
Jamie Houseknecht, Program Coordinator of the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund noted that their group has a goal of lessening “the unrelenting burden of unpaid bills so cancer patients worry less about their financial situation and focus their energy on their health and recovery.”
The CCCF aggress with their goals and gave grants to both the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund and Clearfield Cancer Support Inc. to assist them in their efforts.
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank was also grateful for their funding which went to the Fresh Express food distribution program at the Moshannon Valley YMCA.
“Because of you, thousands of families do not have to choose between paying heating bills or paying for groceries this winter,” said Joe Arthur, Executive Director of the group.
All of these monies were given as part of the CCCF’s goal to support various groups that provide services in the areas of health, education, social welfare, arts/culture, and conservation/environment.
They are now excepting applications for their 2019 grants.
To be eligible for a grant award, applying agencies/organizations must provide services in local communities and be located within Clearfield County.
Priority is given to projects that have potential for long-term impact, support the county’s overall needs, do not duplicate other services and will aid residents not currently being served.
The grants are funded from money held by the CCCF in its Community Fund and the CCL Donor Designated Fund for organizations in Clearfield Borough/Curwensville Borough/Lawrence Township.
These funds were established for the specific purpose of making grants to worthwhile projects benefiting Clearfield County communities.
The deadline for the submission of grant applications is Sept. 27. Awards will be announced by January 2020.
Grant application guidelines and forms can be downloaded from the website: www.clearfieldcharitablefoundation.org.
Agencies can also request an application and guidelines via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (814)592-7331.
Established in 2004, the Clearfield County Charitable Foundation is one of more than 300 community foundations in the United States.
In addition to offering their annual grants, the CCCF handles the Sarah Jane Mattern Fund which provides funding for organizations in Osceola Mills, and they make annual donations to area food banks from their Basic Needs Fund.
The CCCF is also home for many local charitable endowment funds for various charities within Clearfield County allowing them to grow and benefit the local community forever. Currently the CCCF has 45 different endowment funds including 14 scholarship funds. As of July 2019, the Charitable Foundation’s assets have a market value over $6 million.
Contributions to any of the Charitable Foundation’s funds may be made at the website through Paypal or can be mailed to: P.O. Box 1442, Clearfield PA 16830.
The CCCF welcomes inquiries from potential donors or those interested in establishing funds to benefit local communities and organizations.