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Mid Penn Bank announces grants for nonprofits focused on supporting women in the workplace

Mid Penn Bank at 2615 N. Front St., Harrisburg

Pennsylvania organizations focused on women’s services are at the heart of a new grant initiative.

Mid Penn Bank recently announced that its Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) will award “Impact Grant” funds to local nonprofits that support women in the workplace.

“We are excited to offer this opportunity to the many organizations in our communities that are working hard each day to support and uplift women,” said WLN Impact Grant Committee Chair and Mid Penn Commercial Loan Officer, Nicole Pedriani. “The committee’s hope is that this funding helps to engage women in programs that empower them in moving towards and achieving their goals.”

According to Mid Penn, while women make up 52% of the state population, they hold only 36.9% of the managerial jobs within the state. Additionally, women are only making 76 cents for every dollar a man makes. Hispanic women in Pennsylvania make 53 cents for every dollar that a white man makes.

The commonwealth ranks 39th in the nation on the gender wage gap, Mid Penn said.

Bank officials hope that this grant program helps to change those statistics, they said.

The grant program is available to nonprofits that address health and wellness, human services, education, housing assistance and workforce preparedness/vocational skills for women.

The bank is offering $12,000 in grants. Applicants are eligible to receive a minimum of $2,000 for proposed projects.

Applicants are required to be certified 501(c)3 organizations. They must be located in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fayette, Lancaster, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northumberland, Schuylkill or Westmoreland county.

Mid Penn plans to announce the winners in December.

The WLN was started in 2018 as a way for female colleagues to make connections, share knowledge and experiences, learn about leadership and grow their professional development journeys. This year, the group formed the grant committee in an effort to impact the larger community, they said.

“What began as a way for the women of Mid Penn Bank to better connect with one another has grown rapidly in three years and evolved to a place where the WLN can turn its vision outward towards the community,” said Mid Penn’s CRA and Community Impact Officer Dawn Spahr. “The women of Mid Penn Bank champion many causes across Pennsylvania and are highly engaged community members. We are all proud of the committee’s work and the positive outcome it is having.”

For more information about Mid Penn Bank’s Impact Grant program or to apply, visit their website. Questions can be directed to

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