Please read the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Pennsylvania Grant Funding Criteria to ensure that organizations meet the minimum qualifications to receive funding.


A local Board of Directors oversees RMHC-NEPA and includes McDonald’s Owner/Operators as well as members of the medical community, business and civic leaders, parent/volunteers.

Supporting the Ronald McDonald Houses of Danville and Scranton is the cornerstone of RMHC-NEPA.  Since 2011, RMHC-NEPA has awarded over $1,000,000.00 in vital support to children’s organizations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

These funds impact the lives of countless children and their families in the areas of health care and treatment, social services, and education to children.

Service Area

The RMHC-NEPA Board of Directors awards grants to non-profit organizations that are exempt from federal taxation under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Proposed projects must target the 15-county area of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania .  These counties are: Carbon County, Columbia County, Clinton County. Lackawanna County, Luzerne County, Monroe County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Pike County, Schuylkill County, Sullivan County, Susquehanna County, Union County, Wayne County and Wyoming County.

Grantmaking Criteria

Grant proposals considered by the RMHC-NEPA Board of Directors focus on projects that directly affect the well-being of children and have consistent and effective management. Projects must address real issues in a definitive, long-term manner and have measurable impact. Grant funds should be used to purchase tangible items used by children. It is a goal of RMHC-NEPA to lay foundations of long-term progress and positively impact the lives of children and their families in Northeastern Pennsylvania by continuing the tradition of awarding grants to qualified not-for-profit organizations.

RMHC-NEPA strives to do the most good for the greatest number of children. We award grants twice per year. Grant deadlines are on August 31st with funding determined in mid-October and on March 30th with funding determined in mid-May.

To ensure that an organization qualifies for grant funding and that the project/program is a good fit with the existing funding mission, please contact RMHC-NEPA for a preliminary telephone interview.  We welcome the opportunity to learn more about organizations that improve the lives of children and families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Click here to download our Grants Form or Fill out our Grants Application here!

Grant Recipients

Boys and Girls Club
Cindy Taylor, Trish Thomas, Julianne Cucura

Northeast PA BSA
Steve Lencheski, Brian Fisk, Christina Mueller, Marcel Cinquina

CJR Memorial Playground
Regenski Family, Judy Rubin, Leeanna Rubin, David Ursich

Susquehanna Valley YMCA
Jason Rippon. Bonnie McDowell, Thom Rippon, Angela Haines

St Paul/St Clare School
Albert Mueller, Carol Mueller, Douglas Workman, Christina Mueller

Lisa Black-Lafferty, Donna Zlocki

Marynell Strunk, Karen Caputo, Dr. Delfor Salazar, Donna Zlocki, Melissa Smith

Grant Awards 2010 – 2016

Grant Awards 2010: $75,738.00
  • $30,000.00 to the Ronald McDonald House of Danville for an ongoing guest room renovation and improvement project.
  • $5,000.00 to the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in support of renovations to their Visitors’ Center to make it ADA compliant.
  • $4,087.00 to East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, for Camp Colours, a student-run day camp for children with Autism. The requested funds will be used to purchase activity, art, and pool supplies.
  • $3,036.00 to the American Red Cross of Monroe County.  The funds will be used to create Safety Fair stations.
  • $10,800.00 to the Susquehanna Health Foundation in support of a newborn/parent education program.
  • $5,000.00 to the Devereux Center, a special needs rehabilitation facility. The requested funds will be used to purchase supplies for a school to work program for students with developmental disabilities.
  • $2,500.00 to the Care and Concern Free Clinic. The requested funds will be used to purchase medical supplies for a children’s health clinic.
  • $5,000.00 to Friendship House. The funds will be used to purchase therapeutic materials and supplies for special needs children.
  • $10,315.00 to the Wright Medical Center to purchase supplies for the Pediatric Graduate Education Unit.
Grant Awards 2011: $118,324.00
  • $7,388.00 to Child Development Inc., of Schuylkill County.  The funds will be used for the Schuylkill Smiles Pediatric Dental Program.
  • $2,750 to the S.K.I.P. (Schuylkill Keep It Pretty) for an environmental education and recycling program targeted to Middle School students.
  • $3,886 to Leadership Hazleton for materials needed to construct a toddler playground at the Hazleton YMCA.
  • $10,000.00 to the Allied Services/DePaul School to purchase smart boards to aid dyslexic students.
  • $10,300.00 to the Nay Aug Conservancy to develop an education program that will enable local schools to use the Nay Aug Greenhouse as a teaching tool.
  • $5000.00 to the Central Susquehanna YMCA to purchase exercise and weightlifting equipment for the “Teen Center” at the facility.
  • $30,000.00 to the Ronald McDonald House of to replace old heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units.
  • $10,000.00 to the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton o undertake a land development project that will add additional parking, fencing, curbs and a landscaped play area in a vacant lot adjacent to the house.
  • $15,000.00 to Marley’s Mission, Inc., to fund the construction of a therapy office with naming rights for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
  • $5,000.00 to Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries for “Girls on the Run”, to provide equipment and support materials for and educational and life skills running program for at-risk teenage girls.
  • $10,000.00 to Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids to expand the services provided by a mobile dental van sponsored by the Blue Mountain Health System into Schuylkill and Carbon counties.
  • $4,000.00 to the Salvation Army of East Stroudsburg to provide equipment for the Mudokwan martial arts program targeted towards underprivileged children.
  • $5,000.00 to the Holy Rosary Association of Scranton to replace the gymnasium floor in a much-used North Scranton community center.
Grant Awards 2012: $145,020.00
  • $20,000.00 to Susquehanna Health Foundation for the construction of a neo-natal education/extended stay family room in their hospital.
  • $20,000.00 to the Ronald McDonald House of Danville in honor of Camp Dost’s 30th
  • $8,500.00 to the American Red Cross of Schuylkill County for the purchase of a robotic emergency response vehicle that is used to teach disaster preparedness to school age children.
  • $3,000.00 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of NEPA for the purchase of special chairs and sports equipment for the MDA Summer Camp
  • $4,350.00 to the Wilkes-Barre YMCA for equipment purchases related to a new after-school program and summer camp.
  • $6,420.00 to the East Stroudsburg University Foundation for a children’s summer camp
  • $16,500.00 to the Allied Services Foundation for the purchase of a piece of children’s-sized rehab equipment for their Wilkes-Barre Campus Rehab facility
  • $20,000.00 to the Geisinger Family Lounge in Wilkes-Barre.
  • $5,250.00 to the Children’s Advocacy Center of Scranton for the purchase of materials and supplies to improve services delivery to victims of child sexual abuse and neglect.
  • $5,000.00 to the Penn State co-operative extension, Schuylkill County for construction of a handicapped accessible community garden trail at the Tri-Valley School District in Hegins, PA.
  • $6,000.00 to the Volunteers of America, Wilkes-Barre for “Learning Works”, an after school mentoring program that assists low income, at risk, and minority students.
  • $10,000.00 to the Ronald McDonald House of Danville for assistance with annual operating costs and continued improvements to the roof and security system.
  • $20,000.00 for the Geisinger Wilkes-Barre Ronald McDonald Family Room.
Grant Awards 2013: $93,168.00
  • $15,000.00 to the Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Inc., for core program operations
  • $20,000.00 to the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton, Inc., for the expansion and improvement of the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Moses Taylor Hospital.
  • $20,000.00 to the Old Forge Little League for the construction of an 800 square foot two story field house.
  • $3,000.00 to the Pocono Environmental Education Center in Hawley, PA for the renovation of a cabin that will be utilized by children and young adults with special needs.
  • $5,000.00 to the NEPA Boy Scouts of America Council in Moosic PA, for the purchase of a handicapped pool lift that will be utilized at both the Goose Pond and Camp Acahela Scout Camps.
  • $10,000.00 to St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton, for the purchase of medical equipment for children that participate in the Prescribed Pedatric Extended Care Center.
  • $6,400.00 to Wright Center, Scranton, for the Health Grins Mobile Oral Health Program targets to lower income children and families in the Scranton and Carbondale areas.
  • $6,068.00 to the Salvation Army, Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division to for the purchase of toys for children and teens for the holiday season.
  • $1,200.00 to Goodwill Industries of NEPA for the purchase of computers and printers to support the “Choose Your Future” program for special needs high school students in need of job readiness and job seeker skills.
  • $5,000.00 to the Pittston YMCA for supplies needed to support the ASAP After School Arts Program targeted towards students in grades pre-K through 6.
  • $1,500.00 to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic “Young People’s Concert” for the purchase of study booklets with information on the music and composers.
Grant Awards 2014: $108,790.00
  • $15,000.00 to Allied Services Foundation, for the purchase of pediatric therapy equipment.
  • $4,800.00 to Balls Mills Soccer Club, Williamsport, for purchase of materials to upgrade the seating are for home and visiting teams.
  • $10,000.00 to the CJR Foundation, for an all-inclusive playground in the Greater Honesdale Area.
  • $7,200.00 to the Columbia-Montour Boy Scouts of America for the purchase of a handicapped accessible pool lift for use at their camp swimming pool
  • $5,000.00 Ronald McDonald House of Danville for Camp Dost, a camp for children who are patients of the Geisinger Health System who suffer from cancer.
  • $7,500.00 to Heritage Valley Partners for the design and development of the Carbondale Riverwalk and Nature Trail. The money will be used to purchase environmental education signs and benches along the nature trail.
  • $15,000.00 to Marley’s Mission, Inc., for the “Hands and Hooves” Capital Improvement Project.
  • $2,800.00 for “Youth Star”, Stroudsburg, a non-profit organization that provides services for at-risk adolescents.
  • $2,500.00 to Devereux Pocono Program and Services to purchase supplies needed to treat children and adolescents with social, emotional and behavioral issues in their natural family environment, school setting, or in the community.
  • $5,000.00 to the Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation and Biological Field Station YES Afterschool Program. The YES Afterschool Program is designed to provide youth at risk for academic failure the opportunities to participate in various science programs.
  • $6,800.00 to the Susquehanna Health Foundation for the purchase of developmentally appropriate tools for their Nurse Family Partnership Program.
  • $5,000.00 to Northeast Youth Hockey League for the purchase of equipment for children between the ages of 4 and 8 who participate in youth hockey but cannot afford their own equipment.
  • $4,640.00 to United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Pennsylvania for the purchase of replacement toys, and computer hardware and software for their Lekotek program.
  • $4,500.00 to The Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA – Milton Branch, for the purchase of an elliptical trainer for their anti-obesity Interval Training Class for children ages 14-18.
  • $3,050.00 to the Northumberland County Council for the Arts and Humanities for supplies for their after school arts, theater, and education programs.
  • $10,000.00 for the purchase of incubators for the Pocono Medical Center.
Grant Awards 2015: $121,910.00
  • $10,000.00 to Guadenzia Fountain Springs, Ashland, for the purchase of supplies for their in-patient mother/child rehab program.
  • $10,000.00 to Allied Services Foundation, Clarks Summit, for the purchase of Pediatric Rehabilitation equipment for their Wilkes-Barre Children’s Rehab Hospital.
  • $8,800.00 to Human Services Alliance/Friendship House, Scranton, PA for the purchase of raw materials needed for renovations to a family clinic that supports children and adolescents with behavioral difficulties.
  • $10,000.00 to Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg, for the “Library for Life “ Campaign. The funds will be used to expand and renovate the children and teen area in the library.
  • $5,000.00 to Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern PA for supplies needed to establish a school-based summer camp program in Luzerne County.
  • $20,000.00 to Ronald McDonald House of Scranton for the expansion of the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Moses taylor Hospital.
  • $27,000.00 to the Ronald McDonald House of Danville for materials needed for a handicapped accessible playground.
  • 8,500.00 to Pittston Library for improvements to their Children’s wing.
  • $6,110.00 to the Northeastern PA Council, Boy Scouts of America, for the implementation of a boating and water safety program for Cub scouts attending Camp Acahela.
  • $10,000.00 to the Old Forge Little League for continued improvements to the fields at the Little League Complex in Old Forge.
  • $6,500.00 to the Freeland YMCA for the purchase of equipment and supplies for their Youth basketball program and afterschool program.
Grant Awards 2016: $92,066.45
  • $10,000.00 to St. Paul School in Scranton for Educational Technology Enhancement.
  • $3,250.00 to Devereux Pocono Program & Service Center for Children’s’ Behavioral Health and Rehab Services.
  • $6,500.00 to the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA for a Children’s Programming Room.
  • $6,000.00 to Housing Development Corp Mid-Atlantic for the Rolling Mill Hill Neighborhood Playground.
  • $5,000.00 to the Ronald McDonald House of Danville for 2016 Camp Dost.
  • $10,000.00 to the Panther Valley PTO for a Technology Project.
  • $10,000.00 to the Peckville Assembly of God for the Strawberry Fields Sport Complex Lighting Installation.
  • $9,785.00 to the Schuylkill YMCA for a Youth and Teen Activity Center.
  • $1,250.00 to the Scranton Cultural Center for a Summer Camp Program.
  • $7,781.45 to the Susquehanna Valley Health Foundation for the Nurse Family Partnership Program.
  • $2,500.00 to Lacawac Sanctuary for “Discovery Nature Trunks” .
  • $10,000.00 to the Luzerne Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board, Inc., for “Mobile Ag Lab” at 4 area school districts.
  • $10,000.00 to the Danville Little League for field improvements and new lighting.