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East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN) Community Fund Grants $90,000 to Nine Nonprofits

The East Mount Airy Neighbors (EMAN) Community Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation has awarded $90,000 in grants to nine nonprofits providing services to Northwest Philadelphia, with an emphasis on programs serving the East Mt. Airy neighborhood.

The grants, which range in size from $5,000 to $55,000, all address priority funding areas established by the EMAN Community Fund. The fund geographically focuses its work on East Mt. Airy bounded by Stenton Avenue, Washington Lane, Germantown Avenue and Cresheim Valley Drive.

“This year we had a wonderful combination of new and previous grant recipients that further the mission of East Mount Airy Neighbors to make ‘a good community better,’” said Natalia Serejko, EMAN’s Executive Director. “These organizations serve all ages within our community, as well as a number of different functions from the Arts, to youth engagement, to senior connectivity. They enhance the quality of life in East Mt. Airy and we are ecstatic that we can support their work.”

It is the fourth year that the EMAN Fund has provided community support through The Philadelphia Foundation. This year’s funding brings the total grant dollars distributed to $348,000.

Eighteen nonprofits submitted Letters of Interest (LOI) to apply for the grant. Following a review, nine applicants were asked to submit full proposals. TPF staff and EMAN board members conducted site visits with each of the remaining applicants.

The recipients of the grants will be celebrated during EMAN’s annual event, Toast to Mount Airy, on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at United Lutheran Seminary Campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. More information can be found at eastmountairy.org.

Receiving the grants are:

Allens Lane Art Center, which provides arts education activities for disadvantaged and homeless children. These programs offer children and youth dozens of visual and performing arts classes, all under one roof.

Generations on Line has a mission to reconnect the generations and reduce social isolation of seniors by reducing the barriers to Internet use for older adults. The organization proposes to develop a community-driven program for easy access and Internet training for low-income elders.

Mt. Airy Art Garage, (MAAG), is an incubator for professional and emerging artists. Through its “Community of Pride & Literacy” project, MAAG will engage students at Eleanor C. Emlen School in creating original drawings and murals which complement (not “complements”) the school’s language arts curriculum.

Mt. Airy Baseball, which offers youth baseball games, practice, instructional clinics and baseball tournaments for ages 5 to 18. The league’s focus on instruction and skill development emphasizes good sportsmanship and the positive role of athletics in a young person’s development.

Mt. Airy, USA’s mission is to preserve, empower and advance a vibrant and diverse Mt. Airy by stimulating development responsive to the community’s needs. This grant is to support a partnership with Trades for a Difference to rehab and blighted properties in East Mt. Airy.

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) provides emergency food, clothing and shelter, transitional and supportive services for families, and access to affordable housing opportunities. This grant will support work with homeless, formerly homeless and high-risk children and youth in East Mt. Airy, Germantown and Northwest Philadelphia.

Quintessence Theater Group is dedicated to bringing epic works of classic drama and literature to the contemporary stage. This grant will support Classic Connections, a pilot program, designed to develop students’ confidence and skills as critical thinkers and engaged readers of classic.

Trades for a Difference, which offers job skills training and entrepreneurial learning relevant to the construction trade industry to at-risk youth and young adults.

Urban Resources Development Corporation’s Owner Occupied Repair Program fosters neighborhood stabilization by helping senior and low-income homeowners finance exterior repairs which allow them to remain in their homes.

ABOUT THE EAST MT. AIRY NEIGHBORS COMMUNITY FUND
The East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN) Community Fund strategically focuses its grants to support nonprofit organizations actively working to improve the health, welfare and quality of life of the Philadelphia Northwest communities. The Fund supports work in the areas of Aging, Building Community, Children & Youth, and Mental Health and Intellectual disabilities.

ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA FOUNDATION
Since 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. It links those with financial resources to those who serve societal needs. Through investment, The Foundation grows the more than 900 charitable funds established by its fund holders, distributing about $20 million annually to nearly 1,000 nonprofits as grants and scholarships. For more information, visit www.philafound.org.