Monroeville, Pa. – The Standard Charitable Foundation, with support from Standard Bank, has awarded $56,450 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.
In October 2020, the following grants were awarded:
- Allegany County Habitat for Humanity ($7,500 granted): This grant will be to assist with the purchase of materials for their current housing project, which will be located in Cumberland, MD.
- Corriganville Volunteer Fire Company ($2,500 granted): This grant will provide asphalt materials and labor for completion of the walking track in the community park.
- The Education Partnership ($6,200 granted): This grant will provide age-appropriate school supplies for 316 students in both Sunrise Elementary and Arsenal Middle 6-8.
- Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Company ($5,000 granted): This grant will help fund the remaining balance needed to complete a back-up generator project at the Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Company Inc. This department is used for a warming and cooling center during times of need.
- Familylinks, Inc ($2,500 granted): Familylinks’ mission is to build healthy communities by strengthening individuals and families through the provision of comprehensive, quality services. The grant would provide hot, restaurant quality meals once per week to youth in a shelter or residential care setting.
- Feeding the Spirit ($5,250 granted): Funds will be used for temporary emergency shelter for individuals experiencing a housing crisis. Short-term housing at a reduced rate is provided through arrangements with a local hotel in Greensburg.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation ($5,000 granted): The grant will create a life-changing wish for a child with a critical illness.
- Mt. Pleasant EMS ($5,000 granted): The grant will assist in replacing three cardiac event monitors with EKG and defibrillation capabilities.
- Mon Valley Initiative ($10,000 granted): MVI is continuing to create affordable housing for low- and moderate-income people, benefitting these individuals and families, and the communities in which the development takes place. Three major housing projects were begun late last year and despite delays due to COVID-19, we are making good progress toward completion as described in the attached narrative.
- Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group ($7,500 granted): This grant will be to support low-income applicants to achieve home ownership in Allegheny County.