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Lancaster Cares

Dollars to support emerging needs distributed every week

The Community Foundation and United Way of Lancaster County have released an application to support emerging needs across our community as part of the Lancaster Cares COVID-19 Response Fund. We are currently accepting applications from eligible organizations that can quickly and efficiently provide resources and support to residents of Lancaster County, PA affected by COVID-19. The Lancaster Cares Fund is designed to support our most vulnerable residents quickly and effectively.

Lancaster Cares will fund community benefit organizations that provide food, housing and emerging critical needs for Lancaster residents. Money from this fund will be granted to trusted local community benefit organizations to help them expand their capacity to reach more people more quickly. Preference will be given to organizations that have proven track records in providing community safety nets and the ability to work responsively and in coordinated fashion with other agencies.

Application Now Available

Your organization may qualify if you provide direct services meeting emerging needs for Lancaster County residents during the crisis.

Application Details

  • This grant is open to 501(c)(3) community benefit (nonprofit) organizations that serve Lancaster County, PA residents.
  • Funds are designed to act as “Rapid Response Dollars” and available only to programs that support immediate basic needs of Lancaster residents.
  • Application will be open on a rolling basis for the foreseeable future.
  • Grants are available from $1,000 – 10,000, awarded weekly. Applications must be
    received by Tuesday 12 Noon to qualify for funding during that week.
  • Organizations are eligible to apply to support the same program more than once or to support a different emerging program.
  • Available funds will be assessed regularly as we all work to respond to the emerging situation. Organizations will be notified before the application period closes.
  • All Lancaster Cares funds are designed to be spent within 90 days of award.

Important Additional Notes

  • Please only apply for the exact funding you require to deliver your program in the short term. We must work together to ensure that support is available to meet a variety of needs across our community.
  • We recognize that some agencies are so busy providing direct services at this time that the thought of writing a grant for financial support, although needed more than ever, is daunting. Please contact [email protected] to discuss your needs.
  • Please understand that due to the nature of this crisis, we expect to receive many more requests than we can fund. If your organization is not selected, we will do our very best to communicate with you the rationale for our decision.

At its core, Lancaster Cares is a partnership with you. Our community contains countless vital community benefit organizations, and we know that our sector can meet this unprecedented challenge. Our hope is that together, we will be able to provide significant, substantive support for community members in need. In the end, when we have weathered this crisis together, we will proudly share the stories of the hard work and resilience that are hallmarks of our beloved Lancaster.

Thank you for your tireless work in the community.

Apply Now!

Apply to support emerging needs across our community as part of the Lancaster Cares COVID-19 Response Fund.

Lancaster Cares COVID-19 Response Fund

A response from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and the United Way of Lancaster County, this fund will support Lancaster residents with  food, housing, and rapid response dollars to address emerging issues. Learn more about all the aspects of Lancaster Cares.

Lancaster Cares Impact

View all the programs we have funded so far!

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