MCCF launches new online scholarship application program

A new online portal will be utilized this year by students who apply for scholarships at the McKean County Community Foundation.

There will be something new in ’22 for students who apply for scholarships at the McKean County Community Foundation (MCCF). MCCF is excited to announce that a new Foundant Technologies online application process will be launched on January 15 for the 2022 scholarship award cycle. This online process will streamline the process for students, school counselors, and the Foundation staff.

Students will create an account on the online portal where they will take an eligibility quiz that will automatically match them to all the scholarships that are available to them based on the criteria they enter.  Each student will then fill out their applications online. Students can easily upload letters of reference and transcripts to their applications. Applications can be saved and worked on at a later date, and students can track the status of each application. The new program will keep applicants on track with their scholarship reporting requirements with automated email reminders and online reporting forms.

Students are encouraged to explore the wide variety of scholarships available by going to the Foundation’s website at www.mckeancountyfoundation.org. Under “Information for Students” they can view detailed information on scholarships for both graduating seniors and non-traditional students. When they are ready to apply, they can click on any of the “Click here to apply” buttons to be directed to the Foundant application portal.

In 2021 the McKean County Community Foundation awarded $33,200 in scholarships to 48 high school seniors and non-traditional students. This new online program will enable the Foundation to continue to offer a streamlined, well-organized and efficient scholarship process as the program continues to grow. For more information, contact the Foundation at 844-238-2289.

MCCF is a non-profit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in our geographic area by partnering with philanthropic donors to help them meet their charitable goals.

MCCF awards COVID-19 Assistance Fund Grants totaling $33,530

The second round of grants from the McKean County Community Foundation (MCCF) COVID-19 Assistance Fund was recently distributed.  Representatives from the MCCF visited all of the recipients in the past few weeks to distribute a total of $33,530 to sixteen local nonprofit agencies.

Recipients of the awards were diverse and had a variety of needs due to COVID related issues.  Some of the common requests included issues due to lack of fund raising ability, low enrollment, increase request for services and the need to purchase the personal protection supplies required to allow their agencies to safely provide their programs and services to the public. 

There were five public libraries, three preschools/learning centers, five human services programs along with the Smethport Volunteer Fire Department, the Bradford Township Community Club associated with the Local Lions Club and Eldred World War II Museum. The preschool/learning centers included Kane Day School, Wesley Preschool and Bradford YMCA Learning Lab & Child Care.  Those human Services programs included Beacon Light Residential Treatment Facility, Big Brothers Big Sister, Community Links, Beacon Light Behavioral Health, and CARE for Children. The Library that received awards grants were: Bradford Area Public Library, Hamlin Memorial Library, Friends Library of Kane, S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library and Mt Jewett Memorial Library.

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the McKean County Community Foundation (MCCF) established the COVID-19 Assistance Fund in the spring of 2020. The first round of grants was given last fall totaling $13,500. With this current grant cycle a total of $47,030 has been awarded and is helping our local community.  This outbreak has been impacting the community in many ways and with the uncertainty of where it ends, MCCF hopes to continue to provide help throughout the county but is in need of more funding.

The COVID-19 Assistance Fund has been made up of public donations. MCCF invites donors to join in this effort. By pooling funds, MCCF can collectively support our community nonprofits and make a bigger impact on their needs. The McKean County Community Foundation will waive administrative fees on all donations and will distribute 100% of all donations to those agencies in need by an open grant process.

Donations to this fund can be mailed to the McKean County Community Foundation at P.O. Box 708, Bradford, PA, 16701, with check made payable to the MCCF – COVID-19 Assistance Fund. Online donations will also be accepted through the website at www.mckeancountyfoundation.org, using the Donate Now link on the home page. When making your donation, please indicate the COVID-19 Assistance Fund as the fund name.

Women’s Giving Circle awards $7,000 in grants to area non-profits

Accepting grants from Women’s Giving Circle on behalf of their organizations were Susie Meyer-Page of CASA of McKean County, Ronda Skokin and Tonia Hartzell of Mattresses Across McKean County, and Vanessa Castano from YWCA. Unavailable for photo was Care for Children that also received a grant.

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC), a project of the McKean County Community Foundation, held its first in-person annual granting meeting on November 10, awarding $7,000 in grants to four area non-profit organizations. WGC, a philanthropic giving circle, was founded in 2019 by a group of charitable-minded women who cared about improving the quality of life in McKean County for their families and friends

The 2021 annual meeting, held at the Eldred WW2 Museum, was attended by WGC members and their guests who greatly enjoyed an evening of socialization, refreshments from Eddie’s on Main and The Winery at Wilcox, and education, including a wonderful presentation by Steve Appleby of the WW2 museum.

The highlight of the evening was a presentation by each of the eight grant applicants with a brief description of the project their grant would be funding. WGC members then voted on their favorite projects and awarded a total of $7,000 in grants to four non-profit organizations. All eight grant applicants were seeking funding for exceptional programs. It is the goal of WGC to continue to increase their membership and grow their ability to assist more non-profit organizations in McKean County.

YWCA received a $2,000 grant for their housing and employment services program, Mattresses Across McKean County was awarded $2,000 to provide mattresses to those in need, CASA of McKean County received $2,000 for recruitment and training of additional volunteers, and Care for Children was awarded a $1,000 grant for their Cribs for Kids program and sleep education for parents.

WGC is open to all area women who are interested in addressing and supporting issues that are important to women. Each member makes an annual charitable donation of at least $100. The donations are pooled together to make an impact in McKean County by awarding grants to non-profits. WGC is both a philanthropic and a social organization that strengthens the concept of women working together to fund change and create a better way of living in their communities.

Women can learn more or join Women’s Giving Circle by visiting the McKean County Community Foundation website at www.mckeancountyfoundation.org, or calling the Foundation at 1-844-238-2289.  

McKean County Community Foundation awards $26,500 from Covid-19 Assistance Fund

The McKean County Community Foundation (MCCF) is pleased to announce the awarding of Covid-19 grants to eleven area non-profit organizations. The MCCF Covid-19 Grants Committee, appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, reviewed multiple applications and voted to distribute $26,500 from the MCCF COVID-19 Assistance Fund for various projects and programs to benefit local agencies.

The grant funding will support a variety of needs that agencies have experienced as a result of Covid-19 related issues. Many have experienced loss of funding that directly affects their operations and programs due to the inability to hold fundraising events. Through their grants, organizations are addressing safety issues, the need for additional staff and volunteers, and new outreach programs to ensure services are available to those in need.

Organizations receiving grants were Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services, Inc.; Bradford Ecumenical Home, Inc.; Bradford Learning Center; CARE for Children; CASA of McKean County; CTC Seneca Highlands; The Guidance Center; McKean County Historical Society; No Feline Left Behind in McKean County; YMCA; and YWCA.

The McKean County Community Foundation (MCCF) established the COVID-19 Assistance Fund in the spring of 2020 to help ease the impact of the pandemic that has affected the community in so many ways. Several rounds of grants have been awarded, now totaling $73,530 that has been distributed to agencies in McKean County.

The McKean County Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides the administrative and investment management services that make it easy for donors to establish funds that accomplish their charitable wishes with their tax deductible donations while improving the quality of life in our communities. For more information, please contact MCCF at 1-844-238-2289 or email mccf@mckeancountyfoundation.org.

Martha A Eddy Memorial Scholarship established at MCCF

A new scholarship has been established at the McKean County Community Foundation (MCCF) by the family of Martha Eddy to honor her memory. The Martha A. Eddy Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Bradford Area High School, beginning in 2022.

Martha was a life-long resident of Bradford, graduating from Bradford Central Christian and Villa Maria College.

She was deeply committed to education for children. While teaching in her short career, Martha touched many lives. She passed away in 1990 after a long battle with health challenges and brain cancer. Donations are being accepted by the foundation to increase the value and permanency of this scholarship award.

MCCF will award this annual scholarship to an individual who will be attending an accredited two or four-year post-secondary school, pursuing a degree in education or a health related field. The candidate should show involvement in school and community activities, show a minimum GPA of 3.0, and submit an essay about their passion to be successful and their educational goals and aspirations.

Additional funding may also be available to the recipient of this scholarship. The Community Foundation is involved with the Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PATH) and will nominate all students who receive a scholarship from them to the PATH program. This essentially doubles the dollars a scholarship recipient can receive. This program is administered through PHEAA which provides matching dollars to qualified candidates. 

MCCF administers many scholarships to students in McKean County. In 2021, 48 scholarships totaling $33,200 were awarded to area students. The Foundation makes it easy for donors to establish funds that accomplish their charitable wishes with their tax deductible donations while improving the quality of life in our communities.

The McKean County Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that strives to strengthen our region through development, stewardship and grant making as it works with donors to achieve their philanthropic goals. For more information, please call the Foundation at 1-844-238-2289 or email mccf@mckeancountyfoundation.org.