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Dietrich Foundation Conneaut Lake Fund invites 2020 grant applications

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 12, 2019 - 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 awards will be announced in early summer.

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 by 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 7, at

About $23,100 will be available from the fund. Of that total, 30% will be designated for operations of Ice House Park. The remaining amount – about $7,000 – will be distributed through the competitive process managed by the committee. 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.

The previous round of grants, announced last May, awarded about $23,000, a $15,000 increase in funds from the 2018 awards, to five Conneaut Lake organizations:

  • The Conneaut Lake Community Development Committee was awarded $10,000 to support a display to identify the entrance of Fireman's Beach and provide a warm welcome to families. The entrance area upgrades complemented recent improvement projects at Fireman's Beach including more boat docks, a direct walkway connection to Ice House Park and a revitalized look.
  • Ice House Park was awarded $5,373 to support general operations and upkeep on the park. Many activities are held at Ice House Park including Music at Sunset, the annual wooden boat show and the Ice House Festival in the winter. Thirty percent of each year’s giving amount is allocated for Ice House Park.
  • The Conneaut Lake Historical Society was awarded $5,000 to update the museum’s lighting to LED, which is more cost efficient and provides for optimal preservation of the many artifacts on display by ensuring that the art’s features are not affected by intense lighting. The society serves the immediate Conneaut Lake area, while also hosting visitors from nearly all 50 states and various countries during the peak tourist season.
  • The South Lake Preserve was awarded $2,340 to support the construction of a gazebo at Ice House Park, which it operates. The gazebo will serve for the use and enjoyment of the residents of Conneaut Lake and surrounding communities.
  • The Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania was awarded $500 toward its Girl Scouts Leadership Experience in Conneaut Lake. Funds were used to help provide supplies, recruitment materials and training for volunteers. The program currently serves 36 girls in Conneaut Lake who are receiving training on valuable life skills such as STEM, academic success through community service, financial leadership and entrepreneurship, environmental stewardship, leadership and professional development.

The Dietrich Foundation Conneaut Lake, Pa. 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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