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Upcoming Changes to NEPA Health Care Foundation 2019 Grants Process

At the recent community forums held in mid-2018, the Scranton Area Community Foundation and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation gathered information on areas of particular need in the health care sector. In order to most effectively respond to these needs, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation has decided to take a strategic pause on the traditional grant-making process during 2019 and to conduct a regional listening tour during this grant year with the purpose of refining strategic priorities.

During 2019, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation will continue to honor their commitment of providing scholarships for future physicians at the Geisinger Commonwealth Medical College through the Northeastern PA Scholars Program, as well as continuing the payment of multi-year grants already awarded. Additionally, rolling grants for critical needs affecting nonprofits in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties will continue to be available.

This temporary pause on the traditional grant-making process will allow the board and staff of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation the ability to conduct defined community conversations and to develop strategic grantmaking priorities which are in line with the key areas of need that were reflected in our recent community forums as well as with conversations and dialogue with community leaders, health care providers, and nonprofit executives.

Critical Needs Grants will be made for emergencies or pressing, unanticipated needs. Letters of Intent for Critical Needs Grants will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year, accepted via email at cathyf@safdn.org.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation is dedicated to improving the health workforce and the health and well-being of the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Scranton Area Community Foundation is proud to serve as administrator of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation, which was established in 2011 following the sale of Mercy Hospital in Scranton.

Any questions regarding this information should be sent to Cathy Fitzpatrick, Grants and Scholarships Manager, at cathyf@safdn.org or 570-347-6203.