East Mount Airy Neighbors (EMAN) Community Fund


East Mount Airy Neighbors (EMAN) Community Fund Grants $85,000 to Ten Nonprofits

Fund at The Philadelphia Foundation Supports Sustainable Programs In Northwest Philadelphia

The East Mount Airy Neighbors (EMAN) Community Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation has awarded $85,000 in grants to ten nonprofits providing services to Northwest Philadelphia, with emphasis on programs serving the East Mt. Airy neighborhood.

The grants, which range in size from $5,000 to $15,000, 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 is the third year that the EMAN Fund has provided community support through The Philadelphia Foundation. This year’s funding brings the total grant dollars distributed to $285,000.

According to Margaret Salamon, EMAN Board Vice President and Chair of the Grants Committee, “The EMAN Community Fund was created with the proceeds from the sale of EMAN Community Living, Inc., to SPIN (Special People in the Northeast). The fund is a unique opportunity for East Mt. Airy Neighbors, in partnership with The Philadelphia Foundation, to invest in enhancing East Mt. Airy and surrounding Northwest Philadelphia neighborhoods through grants, over approximately 10 years, or until the resources have been fully granted.”

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.

“This year’s grant recipients are remarkable, interesting and worthy organizations that support EMAN’s mission of making a good community better,” said Elayne Bender, EMAN’s Executive Director. “They serve residents of all ages through programs that provide a variety of services in the community, ranging from emergency housing to education and arts programs. They enhance the quality of life in East Mt. Airy and beyond, as their work ripples out through the community.”

Bender noted that several of the recipient groups serve residents whose needs would not otherwise be met, especially in a time of looming budget cuts that will affect all nonprofit organizations. “We are very happy to be able to support the important work these organizations do,” she said.

Receiving the 2017 grants are:

Allens Lane Art Center, $7,000, 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. Awbury Arboretum, $10,000, which will use the grant to continue improvements at its Agricultural Village and will revitalize the Community Garden. The arboretum will restore the woodland walking path wrapping around the community garden and clear the orchard, increasing accessibility for older and less mobile gardeners.

Center in the Park, $5,000, which offers programs for older adults that help them maintain independence in the community. These programs address lifelong learning, creative self-expression, health promotion, civic engagement and intergenerational relationships.

Food Moxie, $10,000, which offers educational programs at an emergency housing facility and area public schools. It partners with community hubs to reach some of Philadelphia's most vulnerable residents and empower them to take back their health and to combat food insecurity.

Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG), $10,000, 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 to complement the school’s language arts curriculum.

Mt. Airy Baseball, $7,500, which offers youth baseball games, practice, instructional clinics and baseball tournaments for those aged 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 Learning Tree (MALT), $5,000, a community service organization founded in 1980 to enrich Mt. Airy and the broader Northwest Philadelphia Community. MALT celebrates the diversity of Northwest Philadelphia, bringing together neighbors to share a wide variety of ideas, information, and skills in informal learning environments.

Mt. Airy, USA, $15,000, whose mission is to preserve, empower and advance a vibrant and diverse Mt. Airy by stimulating development responsive to the community’s needs. Through key partnerships with like-minded organizations, local businesses, and dedicated residents and volunteers, Mt. Airy USA works to revitalize the Mt. Airy community.

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN), $5,500 which 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.

Urban Resources Development Corporation’s Owner-Occupied Repair Program, $10,000, which fosters neighborhood stabilization by helping senior and low-income homeowners finance exterior repairs that allow them to remain in their homes.

If interested in the guidelines or how to apply for an EMAN Community Fund Grant, The Philadelphia Foundation issues a Request for Proposals at the beginning of each calendar year. Funds may be requested for project support or for general operating support. Visit their website at www.philafound.org