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On Wednesday, July 8, The PPL Foundation announced that over $500,000 in grants will be given to 116 nonprofit organizations across Central and Eastern Pennsylvania to support education and community initiatives, including literacy-focused organizations, scouting organizations, and others.

“PPL Foundation proudly supports the important work being done by the nonprofit sector to improve life in our communities,” said Ryan Hill, president of the PPL Foundation. “Whether it’s providing critical homework help for young students, a path out of homelessness for families in need or innovative economic recovery efforts that benefit all residents, this year’s grant recipients are focused on transforming their communities.”

Nineteen of the grants were given to libraries or other literacy organizations in support of Cover to Cover, PPL Foundation's initiative to improve child literacy.

Local organizations receiving grants include:

  • Pennsylvania College of Technology Community Arts Center
  • Pennsylvania College of Technology Foundation
  • Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA
  • Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA
  • Central PA Business & Education Association
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
  • Clinton County Economic Partnership Foundation
  • Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity
  • River Valley Regional YMCA
  • The Arc Susquehanna Valley
  • The Foundation of The Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce
  • The Williamsport Salvation Army
  • Williamsport Symphony Orchestra

For a full list of grant recipients, please click here.

Earlier in the year, the PPL Foundation provided $800,000 to support those struggling with economic hardships due to COVID-19 and $100,000 for racial justice and equity initiatives.

The foundation’s next grant cycle will be open in January 2021.

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