Grants 2020-2021

We awarded at total of $1,405,500 in grants to 49 organizations during our annual grant cycle in late summer. We shortened our process this year due to the pandemic to ensure that funds could be used as soon possible to support our community.

All of these organizations serve the greater Phoenixville area and address one or more of the goals in our strategic plan. A grant committee comprised of board and staff members thoroughly reviewed all proposals and made funding recommendations to the full board for discussion and approval.

Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Grantees

Alianzas de Phoenixville – $35,000 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 – $30,000 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.

The Arc of Chester County – $10,000 to provide programs to individuals, birth through adulthood, from the Phoenixville area. The Arc of Chester County advocates, educates, and provides services to individuals with disabilities and their families to enhance the quality of their lives.

Barnstone Art for Kids – $7,500 for general operations. Barnstone Art for Kids uses the power of art to foster resiliency in children facing adversity.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills – $12,000 to provide food and clothing for adults with developmental disabilities living on their campus.

CASA Youth Advocates – $2,500 for general operations for services in Chester County. CASA Youth Advocates helps abused and neglected children live well, achieve academic excellence, and experience the joys of childhood by providing them with trained volunteer Advocates who speak for their best interests.

Chester County Food Bank – $5,000 for general operations to provide food to those in need in the greater Phoenixville region. The Chester County Food Bank mobilizes our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.

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.

Chester County Health Department – $28,000 to support their Nurse-Family Partnership program, and to develop and implement a multi-media, multi-cultural communication campaign to reduce stigma related to accessing services and recognize trauma as factor in seeking help and resilience.

Citizen Advocacy of Chester County – $7,500 for general operations. Citizen Advocacy is focused on finding people who are at the isolated and potentially dangerous margins of our communities due to how we historically and currently think about and treat people who have cognitive and/or physical disabilities. Then they look to fellow local citizens to step up and into those people’s lives as citizen advocates.

The Clinic – $150,000 for general operations. 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.

Daemion Counseling Center – $13,000 for clinical mental health counseling. Daemion Counseling Center offers professional mental health counseling focused on helping community residents navigate life’s many transitions, by providing expert yet affordable care.

Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation – $30,000 for to provide tuition assistance for Phoenixville residents pursuing training for health and public safety careers.

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County – $30,000 for general operations. The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County provides intervention, education, outreach, advocacy, and programs to prevent, reduce, and remedy domestic violence in Chester County.

Gateway Housing Group  – $15,000 for their homeless support program. Gateway Housing Group offers programs and financial assistance to help people experiencing homelessness acquire or maintain housing to assure the best opportunity for success.

Good Samaritan Services – $15,000 for their emergency shelter and transitional housing program for men in Phoenixville. Good Samaritan Services gives immediate help to people who are experiencing homelessness, and helps those at risk of becoming homeless, by restoring their lives to stability.

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

Health Care Access – $475,000 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 and immigration services.

Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems/Cornerstone Clubhouse – $10,000 for Cornerstone Clubhouse in Phoenixville, a program of Holcomb Behavioral Health System. Cornerstone Clubhouse is an evidence-based, innovative psychiatric rehabilitation program model that offers members a place to go during the day to find companionship and structure.

Home of the Sparrow – $10,000 for comprehensive case management with integrated housing solutions. Home of the Sparrow partners with women and mothers facing homelessness to secure housing, achieve long-term stability, and chart new paths for their futures.

Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy – $7,000 for general operations. Hope Springs Equestrian Therapy enhances the quality of life of individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, or behavioral disabilities by providing them with affordable therapeutic horseback riding and associated special education of the highest possible quality in a warm, safe, and familiar environment.

Housing Authority of the County of Chester – $7,000 for their Landlord Incentive Programs to move people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing by providing an incentive for the landlord to overlook their barriers to housing. The Housing Authority provides, manages, and develops quality affordable housing for individuals and families while promoting self-sufficiency and neighborhood revitalization.

Maternal and Child Health Consortium – $30,000 for general operations to serve moms and children in the greater Phoenixville area. 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 – $8,000 to provide meals for homebound seniors and individuals living with disabilities in the Phoenixville area. Meals on Wheels enhances the well-being of adults who are homebound by providing nutritious meals and friendly visits to help them live independently and stay healthy in their own homes.

Mission First Housing Group – $10,000 for general operations at The Whitehall Apartments offering supportive, affordable housing for veterans. Mission First Housing develops and manages affordable, safe, and sustainable homes for people in need, with a focus on the vulnerable.

Mitzvah Circle Foundation – $5,000 for general operations to serve those in need in the greater Phoenixville area. Mitzvah Circle Foundation meets the critical, material needs of people struggling with crisis, poverty, serious illness, and homelessness.

Mom’s House – $12,000 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 – $6,000 for general operations. The organization’s mission is to be an open door, a 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 – $35,000 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 – $50,000 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.

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) – $25,000 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 the Phoenixville and 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 Community Education Foundation – $10,000 for Phantom Food Packs to provide students living with food insecurity in kindergarten through 2nd grade with supplemental food for the weekends, and Technology for All to ensure students have access to laptops and the internet. The Phoenixville Community Education Foundation works to secure and provide resources that enhance the overall educational experience within the Phoenixville Area School District, including learning initiatives, preparedness programs, and out of the classroom activities.

Phoenixville Women’s Outreach – $10,000 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.

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.

The Salvation Army – Children’s Services – $3,500 for a program to provide trauma education and support for foster and adoptive children and families in the greater Phoenixville area.

Senior Adult Activity Center of the Phoenixville Area – $30,000 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.

The Sparrow Fund – $8,000 for their counseling program. The Sparrow Fund provides caring for caregivers, serving foster and adoptive families and those who care for waiting children through individualized support, education, and programs to encourage connection within families and to a larger community.

Spring-Ford Counseling Services – $10,000 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.

Support Center for Child Advocates – $7,500 to address the mental health training needs of those serving children in PCHF’s region. The organization advocates for victims of child abuse and neglect with the goal of securing safety, justice, wellbeing, and a permanent, nurturing environment for every child.

Tower Health at Home – $10,000 for to purchase telehealth kits to remotely monitor patients living in the greater Phoenixville area. Tower Health at Home provides compassionate, accessible, high quality, cost-effective healthcare to the community; promotes health; educates healthcare professionals; and participates in appropriate clinical research.

Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC) – $45,000 to administer the Ride for Health Initiative. TMACC works to ensure that Chester County residents and workers can travel between their homes, jobs, schools, businesses, and services without barriers.

Trellis for Tomorrow – $8,000 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.

Variety – The Children’s Charity – $10,000 for general operations. Variety enriches the lives of children and young adults with disabilities through social, educational, and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepare them for life.

Victim Services Center of Montgomery County – $10,000 for general operations. Victim Services provides advocacy and counseling for all who have been affected by sexual violence and other crimes against the person and to promote sensitivity and awareness in the community through education.

Volunteer English Program – $18,000 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.