The Pittsburgh Foundation

Dietrich Foundation Conneaut Lake Fund invites grant applications

PITTSBURGH, Pa., Jan. 5, 2017 -- The Pittsburgh Foundation is accepting grant applications for The Dietrich Foundation Conneaut Lake, Pa. Fund. Selection of grantees will be made by the nine-member committee of The Dietrich Foundation and grant awards will be announced in May.

To qualify for funding, proposals must be directed to cultural, educational and other charitable organizations and projects of direct benefit to Conneaut Lake. Grant proposals must be submitted online, and the deadline is noon on Feb. 13. You may apply online here:

About $8,800 will be available from the fund. Of that total, 30 percent will be designated for operations of Ice House Park. The remaining amount – about $6,160 – will be distributed through the competitive process managed by the committee. Last year, $5,284 was awarded to three Conneaut Lake organizations. Eligible grantees must be 501(c)3 organizations that are not classified as private foundations under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Service code. The Borough of Conneaut Lake also is eligible. Annual amounts available for grant awards are expected to increase in future years.

Last year, the Conneaut Lake Community Development Center received $3,199 to purchase audio/visual equipment for the Conneaut Lake Town Hall.

Ice House Park was awarded $1,585. Dedicated in 2009, the park commemorates the ice house industry that lined the southern shore of Conneaut Lake in the early 20th century. The fund designates a portion of its grant-making funds to South Lake Preserve which operates the park.  $720 was awarded in 2015.

The Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania was awarded $500 to cover the cost of scouting supplies and registration fees for scouts in need of financial assistance. The award will also fund recruitment materials. Currently, 18 girls in the Conneaut Lake area participate and receive invaluable life skills training. Programs include: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), entrepreneurship and financial literacy, environmental stewardship plus leadership and professional development.

The fund was established as part of an estate bequest from former steel industry executive William S. Dietrich II, who died in 2011. The fund is managed at The Pittsburgh Foundation and is advised by board members of The Dietrich Foundation.

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