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The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania has “an exciting new opportunity to engage residents in philanthropy and community causes,” according to a press release.

The partnership creates an innovation grants challenge, “Spark Tank”, designed to build and strengthen communities.

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania is looking for people with ideas about advancing or advancing racial equity in Lycoming County.

“We want creative people with ideas” says the press release. “People with dreams. People who have an idea to make our community better.

“Spark Tank is the partnership version of the TV show ‘Shark Tank’ and is designed to encourage the community to work towards a more equitable society by overcoming barriers related to race relations”, said Grants Manager Betty Gilmour, according to the press release. “If you have an idea, but never had the resources to put your idea into motion, now is your opportunity.”

The partnership will invest up to $25,000 for a winning idea that can be used to make your dream a reality. Grants will be facilitated by a local 501c3 nonprofit organization to help implement the program. The funds will be used for ideas that improve the quality of life for all residents of Lycoming County by encouraging dialogue and collaboration to strengthen race relations.

Those interested in submitting an idea through the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania’s “Spark Tank” will need to complete an application outlining the project, steps on how it will be offered to the community, how a grant of up to $25,000 will be spent, and how the project will bring lasting change.

Applications will be accepted until September 30, the press release said. Partnership representatives will review submissions and invite finalists for an in-person presentation to be held in November. The winners will be announced in December.

The application is available on the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania website www.fcfpartnership.org.

For more information on the programs and services offered by the Community Foundation or to learn more about ways to make a difference, contact Gilmour or the Community Foundation office at 570-321-1500.

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