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The Kids Trust Fund Grant for 9 Counties of Pennsylvania


The Kids Trust Fund invites established nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations to submit proposals to support child-focused programs and services that are within the confines of existing programs and services that your agency currently provides.

Donor Name: The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

State: Pennsylvania

Counties: Selected Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/01/2022

Size of the Grant: $15,000


The mission of The Kids Trust Fund is to help young children of abuse grow up in a happy, safe, and exciting environment. The Kids Trust Fund was created in 2005 by and in memory of Gary L. Houck, Jr. At the age of 29, Gary became a victim of suicide. Gary’s wish was to create a fund that would provide support and services to young children who are living with physical or emotional abuse, or neglect. The Kids Trust Fund is a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

Eligible activities may include:

  • Therapeutic recreational, fun activities for children of abuse.
  • Early intervention services.
  • Support groups for individuals or families.
  • Mental, emotional, or behavioral health services.

Funding Information

The maximum grant award is $15,000.

Eligibility Criteria

Programs must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Serve children aged 0-18 years old and/or their families.
  • Operate within the counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, York, Lancaster, Juniata, and Mifflin.
  • Enhance or expand the services already provided by your organization (if your organization is proposing a new program, you must provide a plan for sustaining the program after the grant term).

They are interested in supporting innovative activities that directly benefit children of abuse and their families. Proposals should:

  • Be innovative and not duplicate existing programs and services.
  • Empower children of abuse.
  • Be collaborative in nature.
  • Have the potential to become long-term solutions to existing abuse issues involving youth.
  • Demonstrate measurable and achievable outcomes.

What they Do Not Fund

  • Advertising
  • Capital campaigns
  • Direct lobbying to influence legislation or funding appropriations
  • Grants to individuals or for-profit organizations
  • 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

Criteria for Evaluating Proposals

The Kids Trust Fund Advisory Committee makes all grantmaking decisions and consists of a dedicated group of individuals committed to the betterment of children and families. The Grant Review Committee may request additional information or seek a site visit prior to making an award or denial.

For more information, visit The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

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