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Passion Grants

Passion Grants convert The Community Foundation’s donors’ passions into impact through supporting programming in a broad range of focus areas including: human services, the environment, restoring historical structures, clean water, human rights/inclusion, the arts, preschool child development, and projects in Eastern Lancaster County.

The John J. Snyder Fund is a specific type of passion grant meant for the preservation of historical buildings. This fund has a separate application and evaluation criteria.


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You must complete a Letter of Intent (LOI) before you can start the full application. LOI and draft applications are due for staff feedback (optional) on May 12 at 11:59 pm.  Final application deadline is May 19 at 11:59 pm.

Application Process and Timeline

Read about our application process and see our full application timeline.

Info Sheet & Eligibility

Get a snapshot of everything you need to know about Passion Grants & view our general eligibility requirements for funding.

Eligibility Requirements

Application Questions

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These projects turn love of community into lasting change!

See if any of these grants might be right for your organization:

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Ada F. Harr Fund:

$32,300 available, grant range $10,000 – $32,300

Provides home health or custodial care to people living in their homes who are affected by illness or disability in Lancaster County.

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Katherine K. Gaeth Fund:

$24,200 available, grant range $10,000 – $24,200

Funding for human service support that provides a direct benefit to clients, such as housing needs and home modifications, utilities, home care assistance, and food access.

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Anne C. & W. Franklin Ressler Fund:

$28,900 available, grant range $10,000 – $28,900

Supports programs working with residents in Eastern Lancaster County, exclusively in the geographic regions of Conestoga Valley School District, Eastern Lancaster County School District, and Pequea Valley School District.

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Lancaster Environmental Fund:

$32,600 available, grant range $10,000 – $32,600

Encourages environmental protection, conservation, and environmental education efforts.

• Preserve and protect the natural resources and environment of Lancaster County.

• Increase the awareness of the public of the need to manage and conserve natural resources and to protect the environment.

• Investigate, explore, study, and evaluate new, useful, and efficient methods, procedures, and technologies relating to resource conservation, waste management, and protection of the environment.

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Patrick Kenney, Jr. Memorial Education Fund & K.L. Shirk Memorial Fund:

$15,000 available, grant range $7,500 – $15,000

Supports programs that fight hate and bigotry while seeking social justice for the most vulnerable members of Lancaster County, through internships, scholarships, workshops, and education.

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Florence Starr Taylor Fund for the Visual Arts, Lancaster Arts and Culture Fund, & Eloise Award Fund:

$15,000 available, grant range $7,500 – $15,000

Provides support to visual arts programs in Lancaster County, with a preference given for those that serve underrepresented or underserved groups in our community.

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Sam and Verda Taylor Fund for the Performing Arts:

$28,600 available, grant range $10,000 – $28,600

Supports performing arts programs in the Lancaster County community, with a preference given for those that serve underrepresented or underserved groups in our community.

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Better Lancaster Fund:

$25,300 available, grant range $10,000 – $25,300

Supports programs that increase early childhood development for children from birth to age five.

Evaluation Criteria

• Need and Vision – Does the application address community needs, and does it outline a clear vision for change?

• Equity and Inclusion – Does the organization demonstrate a commitment to racial equity, inclusion, and social justice? Does the program focus on an underserved or underrepresented group of people?

• Implementation Plan – How effectively does the application outline a plan for project coordination, utilization of funding, strategies, and timeline?

• Collaboration – Does the application incorporate meaningful collaboration or partnerships with other organizations?

• Organizational Capacity – Does the organization demonstrate capacity to successfully implement its proposed program?

• Results  – Does the application articulate ways the organization will measure the effect of the program or solution at a broad community level, and are the outcomes meaningful and feasible?

Eligibility Requirements

Before starting an application for any grant, review our general eligibility requirements.

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John J. Snyder Fund

The John J. Snyder Fund is a specific type of passion grant meant for the preservation of historical buildings in Lancaster or Cumberland County, and has its own separate application.

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