In partnership with cfsbank, the Town to Town Mini Grant Program is one of MVAF’s Community Development Funds that supports projects from educational institutions and schools, religious organizations, municipal organizations, parks and recreation and any other group whose main purpose is to benefit quality of life in the Mon Valley. Often change happens from the ground up with a team of committed volunteers ready to make a positive difference in the community. Funding and publicity for a cause are often two hurdles organizations face and the Mini Grant Program is tailored to meet those needs.
Available to non-profit organizations or community groups partnered with a non-profit, the areas of focus within the Mini Grant Program include parks and recreation, arts and culture, children, youth and elderly, health and fitness and community improvement. Please use the application below to submit your project for consideration.
Elizabeth’s Guardian Angels
“Elizabeth’s Guardian Angels is there to help those with emergency needs,” said Stephanie Squibb, a volunteer for the organization. “We have sent a young woman to the prom, purchased washers and dryers for families impacted by a flood and helped with utilities to make sure everyone has a warm home in our community.” The organization is supported through individual donors and events also works closely with the Elizabeth Forward School District as well, providing food, school supplies, winter clothing and other much needed supplies to students in need.
Monessen Salvation Army
The grant helped provide backpacks, school supplies and hygiene products to mid Mon Valley school age children. The organization distributes 80 to 100 backpacks each fall.
Rostraver Elementary Little Birdie Project
The Little Birdie Project recently launched at Rostraver Elementary School. Teachers noticed that many children were coming to school in clothing and shoes that were not the right size, dirty or in poor condition. The project collects donations to send necessities home with the children.
Rostraver Historical Society
Funds were used to repair the historical building built in 1835. The building will be used to house the future historical learning center.
Mon City Garden
Gardening tools were purchased to maintain the community garden. Each garden plot owner will have their own set of tools that will be kept in a locked storage shed that will be easily available when gardening.
CASA for Kids, Washington County
CASA for Kids, Inc. , a local non-profit organization that trains community members to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). CASAs advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children involved in the Washington County, PA juvenile court system. CASAs are volunteers working by judicial appointment and are asked to help determine the living arrangement that is in the child’s best interest.
The funds from the MVAF Mini-Grant will be used to increase CASA for Kids footprint in the Mon Valley Region such as a recruitment campaign, advertising in local sources, and a meet and greet to personally introduce CASA for Kids to potential, future advocate volunteers.
Carrie Richardson, Executive Director, of the CASA for Kids Washington County agency stated “We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Mon Valley Alliance Foundation. We still have work to do. Our vision is to have one CASA assigned to every child that is served through the Juvenile Dependency Court System. The Mon Valley Alliance Foundation is helping us in reaching our goal, and for that, we are truly grateful!”
The Bag Brigade is a volunteer project managed by Kathy Kelly and Ashley Eisengart, providing meals to 195 students in the Belle Vernon School District. “We began with one school and it grew from there,” said Kelly. “We are thankful for this grant as we are beginning a new school year. Monetary donations help us supplement our food donations and provide fresh produce as part of the bags of food.” The Bag Brigade accepts donations of single size portions of various food items at the Gospel Alliance Church at 1011 Fells Church Road, Belle Vernon as well as other locations throughout the school district. More information is available by calling 724-823-0453.
Mon Valley Opioid Coalition
The Coalition is a collaboration of community leaders with a shared vision of uniting the Mon Valley to ensure the long-term health, safety and well-being of individuals in the region.
Youth from across the region have expressed interest in developing a website for the Opiod Coalition. Students from Ringgold, Belle Vernon, Monessen and other area school districts will use the grant to develop the online presence. Additionally, t-shirts will be purchased for the Coalition participants for public events with the mission of reducing the stigma surrounding efforts to address the opioid epidemic.
Madonna Catholic Regional School
The school does not have a gymnasium, and when the weather turns cold, the kids do not have indoor play equipment. The mini-grant helped to change that by providing a variety of play equipment from nerf footballs to tumbling mats to ensure the students have healthy and fun exercise options during the winter months.
Mon Valley Academy for the Arts
Funds were used to purchase shirts for the Junior Stage Band consisting of 24 student musicians. The Band performs at MVAA events such as the Annual Dinner Show and summer concerts and other community functions. With this grant the student musicians are able to present themselves in a professional way providing a uniformed look as well as automatic recognition as part of the MVAA when performing.
Monessen Community Development Corp.
Funds were used to place a Little Library on Main Street. The Little Library is a national program that encourages reading in children and adults by having books readily accessible. Residents can take a book, leave a book or donate books by simply visiting the bright box on the street.