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The Clean Water Fund

About the Lancaster Clean Water Fund

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 nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment by 2025 in accordance with Lancaster’s Countywide Action Plan (CAP). The Lancaster Clean Water Fund provides a unique opportunity for grantees to work with landowners, leaders and communities across the county on education, restoration and protection projects to improve water quality. The fund supports the projects that address clean water priorities as well as the pollution reduction goals in Lancaster’s CAP. Projects funded are part of a communitywide collaborative effort to reach our shared goals of better water quality. 

Grants of $100,00, – $500,000





Learn how you can partner with us through one of our 2023 Clean Water Grants!

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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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Large Implementation Grant

Grants of $100,00, – $500,000

The Clean Water Implementation Large Grant supports installation of high-impact projects in priority locations to achieve nitrogen reductions for Lancaster’s Countywide Action Plan (CAP).

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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.

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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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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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