The Centre Foundation awarded the $100,000 Centre Inspires grant to Discovery Space for their proposal to develop Centre Makes. This community workshop will connect multiple generations, hobbyists, and entrepreneurs to the skills and equipment they need to create new products, prepare for careers in STEM, and pursue their recreational and creative interests.
Since 2014, the Centre Inspires program has invested nearly $500,000 in Centre County to fund innovative projects that create change through community engagement.
“We are honored and humbled to be selected for this grant,” said Michele Crowl, Executive Director at Discovery Space. “There’s been conversations for about five years now of people trying to make a space like this, where the community can come together to use tools and share knowledge. Never before have so many of those pieces come together at once.”
The Centre County Federation of Public Libraries was also recognized for their Centre Inspires proposal to create story book walks in multiple park locations in Centre County. Centre Foundation’s Board of Directors voted to award the proposal a one-time Community Impact grant of $50,000.
Centre Foundation also named Diane Kerly as the recipient of the Oak Tree Award, which recognizes someone who has made a significant impact in the community through their work with Centre Foundation. Long-time resident of Centre County and dedicated philanthropist, Diane serves as Vice President at State of the Art and as trustee/manager of the Hamer Foundation. In the last three years, Centre Foundation and the Hamer Foundation have worked together to provide $550,000 to the Centre Gives stretch pool. Additionally, Diane has been involved in the creation of the Millbrook Marsh Nature Centre, served on the board of Centre County PAWS, and has been instrumental in the success of the Hundred Cat Foundation.