Foundation Awards $1.25 Million In 37 Grants

Area students tend a garden (at top) under a program funded by the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation to promote healthy living

POTTSTOWN PA – The distribution of more than $1.25 million in 37 grant awards made by the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation was announced this morning (July 30, 2019), intended to benefit local school districts, municipalities and organizations whose programs “sustain and grow health and wellness, and ultimately strive to improve quality of life,” it said.

Grants were awarded according to foundation priorities.

They included $207,500 awarded across five grants to promote healthy living through nutrition, activities, and programs in public and private schools that reduce obesity and encourage healthy living.

  • Brookside Montessori for its BWell program;
  • Coventry Christian School, a wellness improvement project;
  • the Pottsgrove School District, 2019-2020 Health & Wellness Proposal;
  • the Pottstown School District, PEAK Whole Child Wellness Community Expansion; and
  • the Spring-Ford Area School District, Wellness Matters 2019-20 program.

Four grants totaling $59,500 were awarded for improvements in parks, programming, and the built environment to increase access to physical activity.

  • Borough of Pottstown, Potts Drive Park Playground Renovations;
  • Douglass Township (Montgomery County), Capacity Building Project (Tracking the Trace of Footprints);
  • East Coventry Township Parks and Recreation, Finding Your Way to Our Parks; and
  • North Coventry Township, River Bend Park Playground Phase II.

Twenty-one grants worth $727,200 were awarded to organizations for creating and promoting social networks that involve healthy living.

  • Accion Comunal Latinoamericana de Montgomery County, Community Health Connections;
  • Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, Railbike Expeditions through the Secret Valley;
  • Expressive Therapy Concepts Inc., Smashville Badminton Kids and Adult Fitness Program;
  • Foundation for Boyertown Education, organization sustainability;
  • Foundation for Pottstown Education, operating salaries;
  • Greater Pottstown Tennis and Learning Association, “Game, Set, College;”
  • Green Valleys Association, outdoor education programs at Pottstown schools;
  • Habitat for Humanity, Pottstown Resident Leadership Training and Neighborhood Revitalization;
  • Julian Dorsey Foundation, further infrastructure development;
  • Meals on Wheels of Chester County Inc., assistance in purchasing meals for needy, home-bound individuals in Spring City;
  • Michaels Community Services Corporation, food security for residents of Rolling Hills Apartments;
  • Montgomery County Community College Foundation, Social Entrepreneurship Competition;
  • Olivet Boys & Girls Club, Triple Play-Weekend Hours;
  • Preservation Pottstown, Pottstown Farm and Regional Artisan Market;
  • Project Purpose, general operating;
  • Save Alliance Foundation, The Youth Empowerment Project;
  • TriCounty Community Network Inc., Pottstown Children’s Discovery Center;
  • TriCounty Community Network Inc., Swim Club Partnership;
  • United Way of Boyertown Area, a foundation matching grant;
  • Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, the 2019 Valley Forge Invitational; and
  • Work Opens Resources Key to Success, Road to Growth.

Four grants totaling $56,750 were awarded to fund learning opportunities for physical and emotional health.

  • Community Health and Dental Care Inc., Dental Sealant Project;
  • Laurel House, counseling;
  • Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County, Healthy Start, and access to benefits for vulnerable families in Pottstown; and
  • Spring-Ford Counseling Services, mental health programming for school students.

To fund learning opportunities and strategic planning that strengthen non-profits, the foundation awarded three grants totaling $198,547.

  • Pottstown Area Industrial Development Inc.;
  • TriCounty Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation Inc., board leadership training program; and
  • TriCounty Community Network Inc., community funding developer.

Twice yearly, the foundation accepts grant requests based on criteria that ensure programs impact healthy behaviors, physical and emotional health, or strengthen non-profits and ultimately the community. For more information on foundation’s grants, see its website here.

Photo from the Pottstown Area Health  Wellness Foundation