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CBO Business Partnership

This program supports substantial and strategic CBO-Business partnerships between community benefit organizations (CBOs), and businesses that will achieve positive social and environmental impact on Lancaster County’s residents and communities. Grants will support CBOs in advancing partnerships with local businesses, in order to deliver a greater combined impact.

Grants of $10,000 to $25,000 with $120,000 in funds total.

*Application for the 2020 CBO-Business Partnership program is now closed. Look forward to this program again in 2021.

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The Cohort Experience

CBOs and their business partners will engage in a four session workshop series over 8 months, to gain valuable knowledge and experience through collective discussion and other learning opportunities.

Orientation: October 15, 2020 (3:30 pm – 4:30 pm) at the Community Foundation

2021 Workshops: January 14, March 18, May 20, August 12

Completion report: Due October 30, 2021

*Workshop attendance is required. Failure to maintain grant requirements may affect your ability to apply for future grants.

Evaluation Criteria

• Problem – The application clearly identifies a community problem with a demonstrated need for change

• Potential of Proposed Solution – The proposed partnership has the potential to transform individuals and communities

• Organization’s Capacity – The two or more organizations involved have a track record of success and the necessary resources available to deliver on the proposed initiative

• Implementation Plan – The organizations have created a robust, logical plan that clearly identifies each organization’s roles, a timeline, budget, and goals

• Results – The organizations have outlined clear, achievable, and impactful outcomes and a plan to measure the initiative’s success

Project Example

While the aim of this grant opportunity is to allow for social innovation and idea generation from the within the community, the Community Foundation is deliberately placing minimal parameters around what partnerships might entail. We are issuing a challenge for the best ideas conecting the operations and goals of a business to doing intentional good in Lancaster County, involving a CBO’s mission and work in the delivery. The following is an example of a project from the 2019 CBO-Business cohort and is still in process.


LIFT Jobs is a partnership between Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County and Four Seasons Produce that helps single mothers achieve long term financial empowerment. A cohort of 10 mothers will be employed as Supported Trainees at Four Seasons, while also participating in weekly group activities and life skills programs designed to help them thrive in every aspect of their lives, with the ultimate goal being achieving permanent full time employment, and stability for their families.




* Example of what this program is NOT designed for: Partnerships that are largely transactional or fundraising in nature. Solely seeking private sector support for a fundraiser or event, requesting a sponsorship from a business, and seeking in-kind donations or volunteer support are not the intent of this grant program.

View the recording of the 2020 CBO-Business Partnership Program Information Session here:

View recording of the 2020 CBO-Business Information Session Webinar

Apply Now!

Start a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the CBO Business Program by July 14. The final application deadline is July 21 @ 11:59 pm.

Application Process and Timeline

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