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Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Associate Director Angie Berzonski speaks with Erik Grant from WJAC-TV

Spring 2020 Grant Awards Announced

On Tuesday, we announced more than $180,000 in grants from our annual Spring Grant distribution. A total of 59 nonprofits in Bedford, Somerset, and Cambria counties will receive help doing the good work they do for our community. Donors who contribute to these funds are helping to keep nonprofits operating and funding important projects in each county.

The bulk of the initiatives address health and human services needs, as well as community and economic development projects—a reflection of the increasingly in-demand services of nonprofits helping the region recover from the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. While CFA created a fund to address those specific challenges, the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, many of the spring grant awards will bolster those efforts and help the community continue to move forward together, now and for the long-term.

For example, Next Step Center in Somerset and United Methodist Human Services in Johnstown both are providing tools to help individuals achieve long-term stability. Both are offering programs, now funded with help from CFA Spring 2020 grants, to create better pathways and lasting stability for community members in need, CFA Associate Director Angie Berzonski said.

“Local nonprofits are working very hard to help our community navigate the increasing human services and economic needs we are seeing, and our distribution committee members believe it’s important to address those on all levels, from individual to family, and from immediate to longer-term,” she said. “We appreciate nonprofit work that helps create a pathway out of poverty, which can make a difference for generations.”

As they do each spring and fall, the grants also provide ongoing support for arts and culture; children and youth; environmental causes; and education in our region. To see a list of grants, projects, and amounts by county, CLICK HERE.


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