Nonprofit organizations receive ARPA grants from Scranton

Some nonprofits that have been adversely affected by the pandemic are receiving financial assistance from the City of Scranton through federal funds.

SCRANTON, Pa. – Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti announced the distribution of American Rescue Plan Act funds to nonprofits around the city on Wednesday. Nearly $1 million was split between 49 organizations that had applied for federal funding.

“Because we and the Scranton Area (Community) Foundation evaluate these grants, we know which organizations are truly supporting our community, so we were able to approach funding from that level,” Mayor Cognetti said.

The announcement was made at the Outreach Center for Community Resources in Scranton. Executive Director Lori Chaffers said they were thrilled to learn they would be receiving $45,000 and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Yes! It was such a relief! Our GED program has nearly doubled in size in this time with reduced funding. It’s such a relief to know that we can sustain the changes that we have had to make and that are effective for the people we serve.”

Maternal and family health services were also awarded $45,000. Shannon Hayward, the organization’s COO, says they need nurses and hope the extra money will help.

“It has been challenging to recruit and retain a qualified, committed workforce in this current job market,” said Hayward. “This funding will help us meet that need and build and strengthen our care team.”

Organizations that have applied for funding went through a rigorous process. Mayor Cognetti hopes that working closely together will help these organizations on their way.

“This isn’t just sending the money and leaving. This will be a partnership where we continue to work with these organizations, follow what has happened, measure progress and that will inform us on how to fund better. ‘ added the mayor.

The city is currently reviewing applications for municipal wellness grants. Even small companies have time to apply for façade improvements or business development. Visit the City of Scranton website for more information.

The grant recipients and the funding they receive include:

  • $45,000 each for seven organizations
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Friends of the Poor, Maternal and Family Health Services, Meals on Wheels of NEPA, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Outreach – Center for Community Resources and Scranton Primary Health Care Center.
  • $25,000 each for 19 organizations
  • Catherine McAuley Center, Diocese of Scranton Catholic Social Services, Center for Research and Action in Health and Human Services, Child Hunger Outreach Partners, Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA, Discovery MI Preschool, Greater Scranton YMCA, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, Harrison House Personal Nursing Home , Here For A Reason, Jewish Community Center of Scranton, Keystone Mission, Linwood Nursing and Rehab, NativityMiguel School of Scranton, NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania, NEPA Pet Fund and Rescue, Scranton Counseling Center, The Wright Center for Community Health, and Treatment Court Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County.
  • $10,000 each for 17 organizations
  • Boy Scouts of America Northeastern Pennsylvania Council, Breathe & Prosper Corporation, Clear Brook Foundation, Day Nursery Association, Goodwill Industries of Northeastern PA, Jewish Family Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Lackawanna River Conservation Association, Marywood University, Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, Scranton Public Library, Scranton Tomorrow, Serving Seniors, Skills in Scranton Business Education Partnership, St Cats and Dogs of Scranton, St Matthews United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Telespond Senior Day Services and The Arc of Northeastern PA.
  • $5,000 each for 5 organizations
  • center for the living city; Electric City Steel Drum Project; Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art; PAWS for the animals; and Ronald McDonald House of Scranton.
  • $4,047.28
  • TCS Midtown Apartments

The SACF received $10,000 in ARPA funds to manage the approval process.

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