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Lancaster Equity Grant

Are you a visionary Black, Brown, Indigenous, or Immigrant Person of Color (BIPOC) passionate about creating a more equitable community?

The Equity Council will award five grants of up to $5,000 to deserving community members working to create meaningful change. This is your chance to unleash your creativity and showcase your unique perspective. With this grant, you’ll have the support and resources to realize your vision and create a more just and inclusive Lancaster County.  

It’s time to learn from and elevate BIPOC leaders!



Complete the full application by April 28th at 11:59 pm. If you would like to do an interview to answer the application questions instead of submitting a written application, send us an email to set up a time.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to apply, you must be an individual who identifies as a Black, Indigenous or Immigrant person of color who resides in Lancaster. Projects must benefit residents of Lancaster County. Applicants will be matched with a community benefit organization (CBO) that will serve as their fiscal agent.

Sample Applications

Need some ideas? Get started by reading through this sample application! 

Meet the Equity Council

The Equity Council created a process that directly informs where and how the dollars from this fund will make the most equitable impact in our community.

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  • March 10th: Application opens
  • April 28th: Final applications due at 11:59 pm
  • May 22nd: Award notification (yes or no) by 5 pm

Grant Timeline & Meeting Schedule

  • Funding Period: June 1st – November 30th
  • Equity Partner Meetings: June 3rd , August 26th, December 2nd


Grant Application Support from Equity Council

Need help with a grant application? Contact the Equity Council at [email protected] for 1:1 support. Our equity counselors are here to answer your questions and guide you through the process. Don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re committed to ensuring fair and equal access to grant funding.

Equity Fund History

Recognizing the resiliency, tenacity and talent within Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Immigrant communities; and understanding the deep inequities both in community and within philanthropy; Xavier Garcia-Molina created the Equity Fund and Equity Council in partnership with the Lancaster County Community Foundation. 

Co-chairs Xavier Garcia-Molina and Kareena Rios and Founding members Christopher Aviles, Julia Cao, LaRock Hudson, and Norma Vazquez created a process that directly informs where and how the dollars from this fund will make the most equitable impact in our community.

 “We recognize that Lancaster County residents who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have been historically and systemically marginalized in a multitude of ways: higher rates of poverty, inequity in educational systems, higher incarceration rates, prevailing job discrimination, inequitable assess to quality and affordable housing, among many other unfavorable conditions.

We continue our own internal and organizational learning about this systemic reality. We aim to remove barriers and provide new, unique opportunities to embolden residents to create positive change.” – Community Foundation

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