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Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance Receives $500,000 to Continue Growing Greater

Dec 20, 2023 | Coatesville, Downtown

Regional Foundation Grant Award Supports Ongoing Revitalization Plans

Coatesville, PA – December 20, 2023 – The Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance has been awarded $500,000 to build on the last five years of neighborhood plan implementation in the City of Coatesville, the Regional
Foundation
announced today. A total of $2,000,000 in Neighborhood Planning and Implementation Grants have been awarded by the foundation to 11 organizations throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.

The Neighborhood Implementation Grants support comprehensive community development plans that target specific neighborhoods, are resident-driven and equity-focused. The multi-year funding is designed to assist the foundation’s grantee partners to start or sustain momentum in their comprehensive neighborhood revitalization initiatives.

“As staunch advocates for vibrant, equitable, and economically resilient neighborhoods, we’re grateful for the Regional Foundation’s commitment to our community-driven Growing Greater initiative,” says Amber Little- Turner, Coatesville 2 nd Century Alliance Executive Director. “This generous grant propels us forward on a shared journey towards a brighter, more inclusive future for Coatesville, embodying the Regional Foundation’s dedication to equitable giving.”

2nd Century Alliance’s strategies include fostering resident power through deep engagement, enhanced
workforce development programming, mitigation of criminal activities, youth program support, and increased affordable housing opportunities. Through these points of focus, 2nd Century Alliance and Coatesville citizens look to reduce displacement of long-time residents, build a strong youth workforce, increase safety and neighborhood connectedness, and foster a vibrant business community.

“The pressing needs of our community continue to exist and weigh down those who need it most from
changing their lives from one of despair to one of hope,” stated Kevin Dow, Executive Director of the Regional Foundation. “We are excited that the investments we are announcing today are a small part of creating the change needed to ensure individuals, families and whole communities have the resiliency to continue along a path of success.”

The Coatesville 2 nd Century Alliance is in the midst of a five-year strategic plan to drive economic development in the City of Coatesville to improve the quality of life and enable the community to thrive. The public/private partnership is funded by local government agencies and private sector contributions.

“The impact of this partnership extends far beyond the financial support,” says Little-Turner. “It’s a testament to the power of collaborative philanthropy and the belief that, through collective effort, we can build a
community that strengthens our residential neighborhoods, empowering our city residents to take ownership of their neighborhoods and their broader community.”

About the Coatesville 2nd Century Alliance

The 2nd Century Alliance was founded in 2015, when the City celebrated 100 years of incorporation, to ensure Coatesville’s “second century” is economically prosperous. A public/private partnership funded in part by the Chester County Commissioners and private sector contributions, the organization’s mission is to drive economic development in the City of Coatesville that enables the community to thrive. Visit
2ndCenturyAlliance.org.

About the Regional Foundation

The Regional Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children and families living in low-
income communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware by concentrating resources on
comprehensive, neighborhood-based economic and community development initiatives. Its community
investment tools include Neighborhood Planning and Implementation Grants as well as Program Related
Investments to support long-term, resident-driven neighborhood revitalization.

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