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Four Coalition Members Awarded Philadelphia Foundation Grants! Congratulations to Philabundance, Urb

Philadelphia Foundation Awards $1 Million to Community Groups Selected by Online Vote

July 31, 2019, Oren Oppenheim - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Groups that help Philadelphians become homeowners, make their homes energy efficient, and become leaders through basketball skills each won $200,000 Wednesday evening from Philadelphia Foundation as part of a competition whose winners were selected by online voting.

The foundation awarded $1 million in “Key to Community” grants during a ceremony at the Comcast Technology Center. Second-place winners will each receive $100,000, while third-place winners get $33,000.

The Hispanic Association of Contractors and Enterprises (HACE) fosters home ownership and development in Northeast Philadelphia. With the grant, HACE plans to establish a “Good Lands Trust” that will let people buy homes owned by the organization at an affordable cost and increase the number of Fairhill-area residents who own homes. The other winners in the economic prosperity category are Philabundance and the Urban League of Philadelphia.

The Energy Coordinating Agency provides low-income families with help for home energy repairs and weatherization, as well as running energy training programs. It plans to bolster a maintenance and repair training program geared toward people recently released from prison. The second- and third-place winners for creating equitable communities were TechGirlz and Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey.

Philadelphia Youth Basketball helps young people with leadership and academic development through basketball. It hopes to keep more teenagers in school by boosting its after-school programming. Defender Association of Philadelphia and New Leash on Life USA are the two other winners in the civic and community engagement category.

Check out The Philadelphia Inquirer article to read more!

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