Grants Awarded

In September, we awarded more than $1.4 million in grants to 44 nonprofit organizations that provide health and human services to the greater Phoenixville community. These organizations represent a wide range of services and populations served. Our grantees include nonprofits that provide housing, food and emergency assistance, counseling and mental health supports, youth enrichment programs, services for various immigrant communities and non-English speakers, violence prevention, services for the LGBTQ+ community, and more.

While we are honored to support these organizations, there were many requests we were unable to fund. The pandemic and recent rise in costs have affected both the Phoenixville residents and the nonprofit sector. Inflation raises costs for everyone, including the cost of a nonprofit to operate. And the Great Resignation has impacted nonprofits as well, further squeezing their limited resources. The total dollars requested from all applicants was much higher this year than in recent years. And a depressed stock market negatively impacted our investment portfolio and reduced the amount of funding we had available.

We encourage the community to continue to support our nonprofits. They need all of us to ensure they can continue to provide vital services for our family, friends, and neighbors.

The Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Grantees

Alianzas de Phoenixville – $50,000 for general operations. Alianzas strives for equity and the dignity of diverse communities regardless of their country of origin by providing services to the under-resourced and by promoting intercultural exchanges to connect all individuals in the broader community.

Ann’s Heart – $60,000 for general operations. Ann’s Heart provides a place of welcome and human services to all Phoenixville area people. The organization operates Phoenixville’s Code Blue Overnight Emergency Warming Center and the HEART (the Home of Education, Arts, Resources & Technology) community center, among other programs.

Barnstone Art for Kids – $5,000 for general operations. Barnstone Art for Kids uses the power of art to foster resiliency in children facing adversity.

Bridge of Hope Chester County – $3,500 for general operations to end family homelessness. The Bridge of Hope network and partners embrace these values as we engage in ending homelessness for families, who are primarily comprised of single mothers and their children.

Chester County Futures – $5,000 to support their education enrichment programs in the Phoenixville area. Chester County Futures provides comprehensive academic support, mentoring, and scholarships to economically disadvantaged youth to succeed in school, higher education, and life.

Community Warehouse Project of Chester County – $2,500 for project support of the 2022 bedding and transportation fund. The mission of the Community Warehouse Project of Chester County is to provide household goods and furnishings to Chester County families and individuals in need at no charge.

Crescendo Phoenixville – $5,000 for general operations. Crescendo Phoenixville is a community music organization that provides high quality music education to children who might otherwise not receive it.

Daemion Counseling Center – $20,000 for clinical mental health counseling and community education. Daemion Counseling Center offers professional mental health counseling focused on helping community residents navigate life’s many transitions by providing expert yet affordable care.

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County – $20,000 for their Phoenixville Area Outreach Office. The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County provides intervention, education, outreach, advocacy, and programs to prevent, reduce, and remedy domestic violence in Chester County.

Family Service of Chester County – $15,000 for general operations for counseling and specialized support programs. Family Services of Chester County provides life-changing individual and family support by removing barriers and providing access to counseling, case management, youth services, and family programs.

Good Samaritan Services – $10,000 for project support to prevent homelessness and services for those experiencing housing insecurity, and expanding opportunities for healthy, safe, and affordable housing.

Good Works – $20,000 for general operations to repair unsafe and unhealthy homes of low-income Phoenixville area residents.

Health Care Access – $420,000 for general operations. Health Care Access improves the health and quality of life in the greater Phoenixville area by helping the uninsured and underinsured overcome financial and cultural barriers in obtaining specialized health care.

Kate’s Casa, Inc. – $5,000 for general operations. The world is full of war, hate, and poverty, but also peace, love, and wealth. Kate’s Casa was created to make these worlds collide. This organization works with ESL families and children of the Phoenixville Area School district by collecting and distributing baskets for children seasonally throughout the year.

Laurel House – $7,500 for general operations. Laurel House is dedicated to the vision of ending domestic violence in each life, home, and community.

LGBT Equality Alliance – $5,000 for general operations. The LGBT Equality Alliance of Chester County fosters inclusivity, wellbeing, and social justice for the LGBTQ+ community through advocacy and the provision of safe, supportive spaces.

Maternal and Child Health Consortium – $30,000 for their Healthy Start and Family Benefits programs. Maternal and Child Health Consortium empowers families to build a healthier and brighter future for their children by overcoming the social and environmental barriers that lead to poor health conditions in our communities.

Meals on Wheels of Chester County – $15,000 for project support to provide nutritious meals for homebound seniors in the greater Phoenixville area. Meals on Wheels enhances the wellbeing of adults who are homebound by providing nutritious meals and friendly visits to help them live independently and stay healthy in their own homes.

Mitzvah Circle Foundation – $15,000 for project support of critical needs for healthy families, a diaper bank, and period supply programs. Mitzvah Circle Foundation meets the critical, material needs of people struggling with crisis, poverty, serious illness, and homelessness.

Mom’s House – $17,000 for general operations. Mom’s House provides a unique family support system of basic needs, including free state-licensed childcare, to low-income single parents while they are completing their full-time education and becoming independent members of society.

Open Door Ministry – $17,000 for general operations. The organization’s mission is to be an open door, nurturing, faith-based organization that welcomes those in need and offers community-based programs, including a food pantry, a thrift shop, and volunteer opportunities.

Open Hearth – $30,000 for general operations. Open Hearth provides innovative programs to support and empower people to end the cycle of homelessness, acquire affordable housing, a means of transportation, workforce opportunities, and achieve financial stability.

Orion Communities – $60,000 for general operations. Orion believes that every person deserves shelter, food, clothing, transportation, access to healthcare, and respectful human interaction. The organization listens at the street level and responds to the unmet needs of our most vulnerable neighbors with creativity, compassion, and collaboration.

Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder No 1 – $37,458 for project support for their Quick Response service program and CPR Education.

Phoenixville Area Children’s Learning Center – $50,000 for general operations and to support their nutritional food program. They provide a quality childcare program in an environment of love and learning to the children of the greater Phoenixville community.

Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) – $50,000 for general operations. PACS aspires to be the lead resource for those experiencing food insecurity in the community.

Phoenixville Area Police Athletic League (PAL) – $5,000 for general operations. The Phoenixville PAL works to advance the wellbeing of youth in Phoenixville and the surrounding area through participation in individual and team sports and educational activities while teaching life values and community service.

Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives (PAPA) – $25,000 for general operations. PAPA supports the youth of Phoenixville in becoming successful and productive adults through programs that have a positive impact on self-esteem and life skills development.

Phoenixville Communities that Care – $7,500 for general operations. The mission of the Phoenixville Area Communities That Care is to be a catalyst for collaborative effort involving individuals and organizations who are committed to building the community’s capacity to meet the needs of Phoenixville’s children and their families, so that children will adopt safe and healthy behaviors and be successful at home, in school, and in the larger community.

Phoenixville Women’s Outreach – $15,000 for general operations. Phoenixville Women’s Outreach’s mission is to help single homeless and low-income women from crisis to independence by providing housing with a structured program of stability.

Project Healing Hive – $10,000 for general operations. The mission is to provide trauma-informed holistic and complementary therapies, education, and resources to our community. Creating systemic change in the way we treat mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Public Library of Phoenixville – $20,000 for general operations. The Phoenixville Public Library provides access to information and services that address the educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community the library serves.

Senior Adult Activity Center of the Phoenixville Area – $50,000 for general operations. The Phoenixville Senior Center serves, supports, and enhances the lives of all senior citizens, 55 years of age and older, by providing opportunities in the way of programs and activities designed to promote active, independent, healthy lifestyles.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Sacred Heart Conference) – $10,000 to support general operations and all service needs. This organization helps with emergency one-time financial support for past due rents, rental deposits, energy bills, and heating oil support.

Spring City Public Free Library – $5,000 for project support to increase mental health information for all patrons. The Spring City Free Public Library will provide access to information that reflects the needs of all the local communities, focusing on current topics and titles and supporting lifelong learning, and contributing to a better quality of life. Its overarching vision that guides all that it does is to promote a “prosperous, culturally rich community.”

Spring-Ford Counseling Services – $20,000 for general operations. Spring-Ford Counseling Services offers therapeutic, professional, and educational services to all people requesting assistance in the areas of mental health and substance abuse in the most ethical and confidential manner possible.

TCN – $10,000 to support capacity building for Phoenixville nonprofits. Their mission is to promote real collaboration to achieve community development. As a collaborative organization comprised of local nonprofits, businesses, and civic groups, TCN builds partnerships to support local community needs and provides resources designed to address issues that cannot be solved by a single organization.

Teach One Feed One – $10,000 for project support of their sober living program for individuals in the greater Phoenixville Community. Its mission is “It’s only up from here”, Teach One Feed One provides tools for sustained sobriety to those in recovery and ongoing support to their loved ones.

The Alliance for Health Equity (Formerly the Brandywine Health Foundation) – $10,000 to support two Phoenixville area organizations to participate in their Nonprofit Justice & Equity Institute. The goal of the Institute is to support the Chester-County nonprofit sector in its commitment to recognize and mitigate the deeply rooted inequities experienced by its most marginalized community members, including those experienced by the Black and Brown communities.

The Clinic – $250,000 for general operations and project support for comprehensive primary and behavioral healthcare for the uninsured. The Clinic provides quality health care to the uninsured and underserved, in an atmosphere that fosters dignity and respect.

The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County – $20,000 for general operations. The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County provides free, immediate, and confidential crisis response and compassionate support to children and adults impacted by sexual violence and all other crimes.

Trellis for Tomorrow – $10,000 for general operations. Trellis for Tomorrow creates transformative, real-world opportunities for youth and communities through teaching critical life skills, promoting personal growth, and connecting youth to mentors, their communities, and meaningful employment.

Volunteer English Program – $25,000 for general operations to serve adult learners and students in the greater Phoenixville area. Volunteer English Program connects volunteers with adult English language learners to provide one-to-one tutoring and cultural enrichment that empowers immigrants to be successful.

Women’s Resource Center – $5,000 in support of their Girls Lead program at Phoenixville Middle School. The mission of Women’s Resource Center is to help women and girls successfully navigate life’s transitions and inspire others to do the same. By providing resources, tools, and support for today, we create hope for tomorrow. Girls Lead helps middle and high school girls with untapped leadership potential.

Prior Year Grant Information