Grantmaking Overview

Each year, the Foundation anticipates distributing just over $2 million to benefit Muhlenberg County.  The bulk of the Foundation's grantmaking is focused on strategic philanthropy, seeking to achieve long-term solutions which will lead to a stronger Muhlenberg.  To achieve these goals of transformational change, the Foundation works with people of Muhlenberg County to set priorities about what needs to be done, and develop strategies about the best way to do it.

We recognize that there are many local programs which are currently doing important work in our key areas of need.  Since 2008, the Foundation has set aside funds for a competitive grants program designed to meet community needs in Muhlenberg County.  Nonprofit organizations, churches and government entities are invited to submit applications for new or expanded projects that address the educational, civic and cultural needs of the county.  For more information or to apply for the Community Grants Program, please visit the Applying for a Community Grant page.

In addition to local organizations doing great work, the Foundation also prioritizes developing leaders who are committed to making a difference in Muhlenberg County.  In July 2019, the Foundation created the Community Leadership Grants Program.  This grants program was designed to support groups that require funding to research solutions to local issues in Muhlenberg County, as well as supporting leadership development opportunities for Muhlenberg leaders whose knowledge can then be brought back to the county to initiate change.  For more information or to apply for the Community Leadership Grants Program, please visit the Apply for a Leadership Grant page.