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Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for funding is determined based on due diligence and assessment of the following:

  • Services to benefit the residents of Lancaster County (note: the John J. Snyder Fund also benefits Cumberland County)
  • Current 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS (note: Clean Water Fund also grants to municipalities)
  • Registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations unless otherwise exempt per the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act
  • IRS Form 990
  • Annual Audit or a financial review by an independent CPA within the last 12 months
  • In good standing with all existing awards and contracts with the Lancaster County Community Foundation

Please note the Community Foundation will not typically fund:

  • Creation of new organization
  • Schools
  • Capital campaigns/capital costs (equipment, building costs, maintenance)
  • Political campaigns
  • Expenses incurred before the grant is awarded
  • Cemetery associations
  • Religious causes that further a specific belief/agenda
  • Individuals

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