The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn Proudly Announces An Additional $90,000 In North Penn Unity Grant Funding, Increasing Pandemic Relief and Recovery Awards To $225,000 To Date

October, 2020

The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn proudly distributed an additional $90,000 in GENERAL OPERATING GRANTS through the months of September and early October to 11 community organizations, as part of its North Penn Unity Grant program. Combined with the earlier awards of $135,000 in grants announced in August, this brings the total-awards-to-date of this funding program to $225,000. The most recent community partner organizations receiving funding through this grant program are:

North Penn Unity Grants- Most Recent Awards as of October 5th 2020

North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club General Support $10,000.00
Inter-Faith Housing Alliance General Support $10,000.00
Indian Creek Foundation General Support $10,000.00
Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard General Support $10,000.00
Women’s Center of Montgomery County General Support $10,000.00
Variety Club Camp and Developmental Center General Support $10,000.00
Worthwhile Wear General Support $7,500.00
Mission Kids Children’s Advocacy Center General Support $7,500.00
Family Services of Montgomery County General Support $5,000.00
Senior Adult Activities Center of Montco (Ambler) General Support $5,000.00
Indian Valley Public Library General Support $5,000.00
Total additionally committed as of 10/5/20 $90,000.00
Total North Penn Unity Grants awarded to date: $225,000.00
The North Penn Unity Grant program represents a departure from the VNA Foundation’s traditional form of grantmaking, and was inspired by the challenges expressed by our grantee partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help our partners better cope with the pandemic’s effects on their organizational operations and programming for vulnerable communities, we designed the North Penn Unity Grants program with the following features in mind:
Rolling application deadlines: Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until October 30th, 2020, and a decision is awarded within 30-60 days of submission
General Operating support: All grants will be made in the form of General Operating support, to maximize the flexibility of all dollars
Streamlined proposal: The grant proposal asks for only basic and essential information and is a fraction of its former length
Relaxed Reporting: In lieu of submitting a formal written report, all grantees are invited to participate in a brief follow-up meeting via Zoom
Increased grant funding: VNA Foundation increased its Fall grants budget by 50% in order to provide larger grants to more organizations when they need it most.
In August, 2020, the VNA Foundation awarded North Penn Unity Grants amounting to $135,000 to the following organizations in Round 1 of this ongoing program:

Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale General Support $15,000.00
Advanced Living General Support $15,000.00
Generations of Indian Valley General Support $15,000.00
North Penn YMCA General Support $15,000.00
Keystone Opportunity Center General Support $15,000.00
Manna on Main Street General Support $15,000.00
Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Centers General Support $10,000.00
Gwynedd Mercy University (Adult Clinic) General Support $7,500.00
Penn Foundation General Support $7,500.00
Wissahickon Valley Public Library General Support $7,500.00
Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation General Support $7,500.00
North Wales Area Library General Support $5,000.00
Total Awarded in Round 1 (August 2020) $135,000.00