Now Accepting Letters of Intent for Fall 2022 Innovative Impact Grants

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is now accepting grant applications for Fall 2022 Innovative Impact Grants, and invites charitable organizations working to address the needs of people living in the Lackawanna County region to complete a Letter of Intent by Friday, September 30th.

Innovative Impact Grants(up to $25,000) seek to provide resources for a nonprofit, or collaboration of nonprofits and other partners, to make a measurable improvement in the region.

These competitive grants are made to those applying organizations that are committed to new, innovative, transformational, and/or collaborative efforts to:

  • Carry out an important goal or address a specific challenge;
  • Become more impactful, effective, and sustainable in their work;
  • Achieve a greater impact in the community they serve;
  • Meet their organizational missions.

Applications must meet the following requirements:

  • Impact: Applicants must demonstrate how this program/project will make the community better, what data will be collected in order to measure success, and what goals have been set for the program/project to achieve
  • Budget: Applicants must supply a detailed program/project budget, which includes the uses and sources of funds. The organization’s budget must also be included.
  • Sustainability: Applicants must demonstrate how the program/project will continue after grant funds are expended and what the plan is to build sustainability for the future.
  • Timeline and Evaluation: Applicants must describe when the desired impact might be realized and which populations will benefit from the program/project. Additionally, applicants need to detail how the program/project will be evaluated both during the course of the program/project, and also following the program/project’s completion.
  • Applicants are also strongly encouraged to establish collaborative partnerships
  Interested applicants must complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) by Friday, September 30th through SAF’s online grant management portal.

If invited to apply, applications will be due Tuesday, November 1st.
  All grants must be used for a charitable purpose and be granted to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Complete an LOI for Fall 2022 Innovative Impact Grants

Ready to apply? As part of our ongoing commitment to building the capacity of our nonprofit professionals and to better serve our grant seekers, our grant application process is now streamlined through our online grant management portal. All grant requests are handled through the online portal.

No paper or emailed applications will be accepted.

The grant application process generally begins with submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the online portal. To submit an LOI, you will need to log on to your organization’s account in our online grant management portal. If your organization does not have an account established, you will need to create an account. If you are unsure of your organization’s account credentials, please contact your organization’s leadership to inquire or email us at for further instruction. 


1. At the login page, please follow the appropriate next step:
a. If you have already created a login: you must login using the credentials you’ve utilized for previous grant applications. NOTE: username is always an email.
b. If someone else in your organization has already created a login: please email to have a new user added to your organization.
c. If your organization has never accessed our online grant portal, create your account using the following information:

  • A username that is an email address
  • Your contact information
  • Your organization’s information, including the EIN/Tax ID number (required)
  • Contact information for the organization’s Executive Officer

2. On the applicant dashboard, select “Apply” along the top menu to view available grants.
We have provided additional resources, including a written tutorial, to help you with our new grant application process. To access the written applicant tutorial, visit the Applicant Tutorial – Grants

All submitted LOIs will be reviewed and select organizations will be invited to submit a full grant application through the online portal before the grant application deadline.

If you have any questions about our grant application process, please contact us via email at

PennDOT Invites Private Industry to Submit Qualifications for Major Bridge Public-Private Partnership Initiative

The state’s Public-Private Transportation Partnership Office is inviting the private sector to submit their qualifications to compete for the opportunity to enter into a progressive public-private partnership (P3) with PennDOT to administer the Major Bridge P3 Initiative.

“While we’re reaching out to the public and evaluating the candidate bridges for this initiative, we’ve seen significant private-sector interest in this program,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said. “This initiative will quickly address and fully pay for badly needed work on important interstate bridges and make work on other projects possible.”

The private development entity chosen for the P3 will enter into a pre-development agreement to design, build, finance, and maintain one or more bridge packages. Each package will include select bridges and associated infrastructure, including tolling infrastructure, gantry structures and toll buildings for each bridge. The department continues to evaluate and conduct public involvement and environmental reviews on the candidate bridges announced for consideration in February.

Interested proposers must submit an electronic copy of their statement of qualifications to design, build, finance, and maintain major interstate or expressway bridges and associated roadway and tolling infrastructure to PennDOT Public-Private Transportation Partnership Office as instructed in the Request for Qualifications document by 11:00 AM on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021. Parties can view submission requirements on the “Major Bridges Program” page at

The project was approved by the state’s P3 Board on Nov. 12, 2020, and since then PennDOT has hosted three industry forums to educate potential, private-sector stakeholders on the scope and requirements. This is in addition to public outreach being conducted for the PennDOT Pathways transportation funding initiative, National Environmental Policy Act requirements for each candidate bridge, and varied legislative and stakeholder engagement.

Act 88 of 2012, the state’s transportation P3 law, allows PennDOT and other state agencies, transportation authorities and commissions to partner with private companies to participate in delivering, maintaining and financing transportation-related projects. The law created the seven-member Public Private Transportation Partnership Board, appointed to examine and approve potential public-private transportation projects. Upon board approval, the department or appropriate transportation agency can advertise a competitive RFP and enter into a contract with a company to completely or partially deliver the transportation-related service or project.

To learn more about P3 in Pennsylvania, visit

Apply for a Free NEPA SHRM Membership

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce would like to share with you an opportunity to apply for membership with NEPA SHRM at no cost through August 16, 2021.

NEPA SHRM is an affiliate Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) comprised of over 300 local Human Resource Professionals representing a large range of businesses in the area. NEPA SHRM chapter is looking to grow and connect HR professionals to continue their quest for ongoing professional development. Benefits of membership include the following opportunities:

  • Development of relationships and contacts with other HR professionals to share information on HR issues
  • Educational seminars and workshops to improve your HR competencies and help you maintain your professional certifications
  • Access to current best practices to make your organization more efficient, increase employee commitment, and help line managers carry out business strategies
  • Development of leadership skills through volunteer roles
  • Enhancement of your professional reputation and credentials in the HR field

You can view our full calendar of events at

NEPA SHRM’s success depends on talented, dedicated professionals like you and we hope you will consider joining.  While you do not need to be certified to be a member of NEPA SHRM, you do need to be a member of National SHRM.  If you are already a National SHRM member, you can join NEPA SHRM at and click on the JOIN NOW button. If you are not a National SHRM member, you may join at  The $25 membership fee to join NEPA SHRM has been waived through August 16, 2021. Please consider joining now to save $25!

Should you need any assistance or have any questions or comments about membership or benefits, please feel free to contact them at 570.899.1285 or email them at Thank you for your consideration.