ST. MARYS – Two area organizations that have provided support to Elk County communities over
the years held a ribbon-cutting Thursday afternoon to celebrate their new
shared space in the Franklin Center in downtown St. Marys.
The Elk County Community Foundation (ECCF) and St. Marys Area Economic
Development Corp. (EDC) will now make their headquarters inside the center.
ECCF is a nonprofit organization which manages endowed funds established by
donors and then awards that funding locally to individuals, nonprofit
organizations and others.
The Elk County Community Foundation also took this
opportunity to present 10 grants recently approved by the Foundation
Board. These grants are funded by the
Elk County Economic and Community Development fund and the general unrestricted
granting dollars Fund. This year they
had a total of $32,000 to grant from these funds with request of over
$82,000. We had 17 agency request money
and we were able to grant to 13. A few
if these grants were given in the spring but they presented $26,000 at the open
house to the following organiztions:
- City of St.
Marys is receiving a grant for $3,500 to assist with the
St. Mary’s Heritage Preservation Group who plans to enhance the downtown area.
- ECCHS Band
Boosters is receiving $500 to expand their 4th Musical Instrument program to St. Bonifac and
St. Leo’s that proved to be very successful in the St. Marys Catholic
- Elk County Catholic School
System is receiving a check for $1000 to support their ne IPad
initiative they launched this school year.
Regional Health Center is receiving a check for $4000 towards their
renovation and expansion project.
Center Inc. will be receiving
a $4000 for the Elkwood Arts Division to purchase a spark detection system that
will help them comply with the current OSHA standards as well as provide safest
setting possible for their consumers and staff.
Johsnonburg Borough will receive $3000 towards the resurfacing of
their downtown playground that needs to comply with ADA and accessible
- Mt. Zion
Historical Society is receiving a grant for $1000 to support the installation
and dedication of the Civil War Memorial.
- Elk County
Community Recycling Center is receiving a check for $3000 to install a heating system into the expansion
area needed accommodate their growing needs.
Nurses Incorporated is receiving a grant for $2,000 that will
purchase GPRS units that will assist their telahealth program.
- St. Marys
EDC is receiving a check for $4000 to assist with their revolving
loan program that helps recreate jobs and business for local industry