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VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn announces first round North Penn Unity Grants

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

News Release

The VNA Foundation of Greater North Penn proudly distributed $135,000 in general operating grants through the first round of its North Penn Unity Grant program, to the following organizations: 

  • Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale | $15,000
  • Advanced Living | $15,000
  • Generations of Indian Valley | $15,000
  • North Penn YMCA | $15,000
  • Keystone Opportunity Center | $15,000
  • Manna on Main Street | $15,000
  • Greater Harleysville and North Penn Senior Centers | $10,000
  • Gwynedd Mercy University (Adult Clinic) | $7,500
  • Penn Foundation | $7,500
  • Wissahickon Valley Public Library | $7,500
  • Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation | $7,500
  • North Wales Area Library | $5,000

The North Penn Unity Grant program represents a departure from the VNA Foundation’s traditional form of grantmaking, and was inspired by the challenges expressed by our grantee partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.  To help our partners better cope with the pandemic’s effects on their organizational operations and programming for vulnerable communities, we designed the North Penn Unity Grants program with the following features in mind: 

  1. Rolling application deadlines: Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis until October 30th, 2020, and a decision is awarded within 30-60 days of submission 
  2. General Operating support: All grants will be made in the form of General Operating support, to maximize the flexibility of all dollars 
  3. Streamlined proposal: The grant proposal asks for only basic and essential information and is a fraction of its former length 
  4. Relaxed Reporting: In lieu of submitting a formal written report, all grantees are invited to participate in a brief follow-up meeting via Zoom 
  5. Increased grant funding: VNA Foundation increased its Fall grants budget by 50% in order to provide larger grants to more organizations when they need it most. 

Applications for up to $15,000 in General Operating support are being accepted on an ongoing basis through the North Penn Unity Grant program until October 30, 2020. Eligible organizations can apply here.

If you have questions about eligibility for a North Penn Unity Grant, contact Diana Doherty at


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