The Town-to-Town Mini Grant Program is one of MVAF’s Community Development Funds that support a project from educational institutions and schools, religious organizations, municipal organizations, parks and recreation, and any other group whose main purpose is to benefit the 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' organization's face and the Mini Grant Program is tailored to meet those needs.
The Mini Grant program was started in 2018 with all grant funds coming from sales of the Mon Valley-Opoly Games, in the last two years cfsbank partnered with MVAF to give more organizations mini grants.
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.
The Town-to-Town Mini Grant Program is intended to assist a group with a specific project, if you have questions whether your project is eligible please contact Kelly Jo Ellin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-565-5638
Support the Town to Town Mini Grant Fund
Purchase a Mon Valley-Opoly Game
Want to own an important part of the Mon Valley? Now you can with your purchase of the Mon Valley-Opoly, a custom-made board game patterned after the iconic family-orientd game with a similar-sounding name. All proceeds directly fund the Tow to Town Mini Grant Program
Call: 724-565-5638 or visit MVAF's Office at
235 W. Main Street,
Monongahela, PA 15063
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Mini Grant Recipients
The grant will be used to install new security cameras in the Washington Twp. Ball Fields pavilion. Recent vandalism has created this need for the safety of visitors and the protection of property.
The mini grant will be used to place a new roof on the MARC Monongahela Station Mid Mon Valley Transit bus stop at the intersection of 4th and West Main Street in Monongahela.
The mini grant will be used to repair the Flatiron building front cement steps to enhance the appearance of the building and safety for visitors.
This Town to Town Minigrant will help to renovate the bedroom and bathroom apartment located in the Mantle House which sustained water damage over this past winter, providing a comfortable place to stay.
The Mon Valley Alliance awarded the California Area High School Girls’ Softball team a $300 grant for the construction of new batting/pitching cages.
This grant will be used for replacement parks for playground equipment along with fresh mulch and new small park equipment.
The Village of FPC will use the grant to help purchase electronic tablets for the village site teachers.
The Mon Valley Alliance recently awarded The Monessen Salvation Army a grant to purchase hygiene products for low-income teens and college students in the Mon Valley.
The Mon Valley Alliance recently awarded the Monongahela Area Historical Society a grant to assist in hosting “History is Fun” days at the Longwell House to teach them about the history and heritage of the town.
Funds were used to repair the historical building built in 1835. The building will be used to house the future historical learning center.
Aquatorium Innovations, located in Monongahela, will use the grant to help with advertising of the 2021 summer concert series.
The Mon Valley Rowing Club will use the grant to assist with outreach initiatives to encourage rowing as an extra-curricular activity for students in the Mon Valley Region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mini Grant Core Impact Area
*Priority Consideration given to projects within
Regional Enterprise Zone Communities
Allenport, Belle Vernon, Brownsville, Carroll, Charleroi,
Donora, Dunlevy, Fallowfield, Monnessen, Monongahela,
North Belle Vernon, Speers, West Brownsville, West Newton