Monroeville, Pa. – The Standard Charitable Foundation, with support from Standard Bank, has awarded $80,500 in grant funding to 16 non-profits in the areas in which Standard Bank operates. This includes Allegheny, Bedford, and Westmoreland Counties in Pennsylvania as well as Allegany County, Maryland.
As a community bank that believes in making a difference, Standard Bank keeps money local by deriving its funds and lending to the communities in which it operates–ultimately helping to grow the local economy. To further support their dedication to community growth, the bank helps provide financial assistance to local non-profits via the Standard Charitable Foundation. Grants from the Foundation are awarded semi-annually and applications are accepted year-round in the following categories: affordable housing, education, health and human services, youth programs, and general community improvement.
On June 23, 2020, the following grants were awarded:
- Allegany County Habitat for Humanity ($2,500 granted): This grant will be to assist with the purchase of materials for their current housing project, which will be located in Cumberland, MD.
- Blackburn Center ($5,000 granted): Blackburn Center is a premier provider of services for victims of domestic violence in Westmoreland County. This grant will support the emergency shelter program that provides more than 3,500 days of shelter to 200 victims of domestic violence each year.
- CASA of Westmoreland, Inc. ($4,500 granted): This grant is funding an inaugural “0-5 CASA Child Development Trainings & Resources Program” for training citizen Child Advocate volunteers to function at a Best Practice Advocacy Level in observing, understanding and conveying the stability and developmental well-being of the young (0-5) abused/neglected child(ren) they are court appointed to serve.
- Catholic Youth Association ($2,500 granted): The grant is providing funding for facility improvements to benefit the Child Care and Senior Adult Programs at the Stephen Foster Community Center.
- HEARTH ($15,000 granted): This funding will provide safe affordable housing and supportive services so that at risk women have the chance to create better lives for themselves and their children. HEARTH has an anonymous donor who is matching new donations 2:1 helping to create an even bigger impact.
- Homeless Children’s Education Fund ($2,500 granted): The grant support teens in public schools and shelters who are experiencing homelessness.
- Mt. Pleasant Fire Department ($1,000 granted): The grant will assist in purchasing a new Fire Engine to replace the obsolete and aging equipment, which is currently 22 years old.
- Reading is FUNdamental ($5,000 granted): This request will allow for the purchase of 5,000 books for the Books for Keeps program.
- Scottdale Public Library ($2,500 granted): This grant supports the replacement of the handicap door opening system, which currently hampers those with special needs, wheelchairs, walkers or strollers.
- Sheep Inc. Health Care Center ($2,500 granted): This grant will be used to purchase two Spot Vitals Monitors with poles for patient triage and diagnostic activities. It would also cover partial costs for prescriptions and diagnostic testing.
- Strong Women Strong Girls Pittsburgh ($5,000 granted): This grant will empower girls to imagine a broader future through a curriculum grounded on female role models delivered by college women mentors, who are themselves mentored by professional women. This will be accomplished through the provision of the traditional Strong Women, Strong Girls mentoring model, as well as through a virtual adaptation of the program due to COVID-19 circumstances.
- Union Rescue Mission of Western Maryland ($5,000 granted): This grant will assist in funding the Homeless Meal Program, which provides hot meals, three times per day, free of charge to those most in need in the Cumberland area.
- United Way of Southwestern PA ($2,500 granted): This grant will support community members in need of food, rental and utility assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Veteran’s Place of Washington Blvd. ($5,000 granted): This grant will be used to support the Female Veterans Project, which offers a multi-pronged approach and wraparound support services to reach an increased number of female veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
- Westmoreland Community Action ($5,000 granted): This grant will provide needed immediate services to those who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The program will provide case management supports as well as rental assistance, emergency food, quarantine shelter for frontline essential personnel as well as personal protective equipment for frontline workers.
- Westmoreland County Food Bank ($15,000 granted): The grant will support the procurement of food for the Food Distribution Program in the coming year, which is experiencing an even greater need due to the COVID-19 pandemic.