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The Clean Water Fund

Lancaster Clean Water Fund serves as a catalyst for increased collaboration to efficiently achieve clean and clear water in Lancaster County by 2040. It provides a unique opportunity to work with landowners, leaders, and communities across the county on education, restoration, and protection projects to improve water quality. Across Lancaster County, clean water is a priority. With the majority of Lancaster County streams and much of our groundwater unhealthy, our community is a priority area for reducing specific pollutants (nutrient and sediment) by 2025 in accordance with Lancaster’s Countywide Action Plan (CAP).

This grant is created and managed with the Lancaster Clean Water Partners to achieve clean and clear local waterways by 2040. We work with trusted experts in the field to make this grant possible, including Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Economic Development Company of Lancaster County, Lancaster Conservancy, Lancaster County Conservation District, Lancaster Farmland Trust, Local municipalities, and Penn State’s Agriculture and Environment Center.

Grants range from $1,000 – $25,000

$80,000 available in total


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Grant Portal

Apply to any of these grant programs or manage current grants.

Application Process and Timeline

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

Eligibility Requirements & Resources

Before starting an application for any grant, review our eligibility requirements for funding. You can also access resources to help you meet our requirements.

Information Sheet

Get a snapshot of everything you need to know about the Clean Water Fund, including application questions, evaluation criteria, and more.

Grant Opportunities

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

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Community Conservation Grant

Grants of $1,000 – $15,000

The Community Conservation Grant supports education, outreach, and regional engagement projects that improve Lancaster’s water quality through collaboration and creativity. This grant does not fund implementation projects. Projects can range from educational campaigns to art installations to water quality monitoring equipment.


Small Implementation Grant

Grants of $5,000- $25,000

The Clean Water Implementation Small Grant supports collaborative, watershed-scale restoration projects that encourage diverse audiences to improve Lancaster’s water quality at a rapid pace.

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We’re here!

Questions about this grant opportunity should be directed to Megan Blackmon, Project and Grants Coordinator


Email Program Officer, Alma Felix, at if you have any questions.

Send Program Officer Alma Felix from the Community Foundation an email.


Images credited to Michelle Johnsen Photography.  Courtesy of the Lancaster Conservancy’s Water Week 2019 album.

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