Apply now for grants in 2018. Check out the grant guide and see below for more details about our exciting grant opportunities.
Eligibility for funding is determined based on due diligence and assessment of the following:
- Services to benefit the residents of Lancaster County (note: the Snyder Fund also benefits Cumberland County)
- Current 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS
- Registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations unless otherwise exempt per the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act
- IRS Form 990
- Annual Audit or a financial review by an independent CPA within the last 12 months
- In good standing with all existing awards and contracts with the Lancaster County Community Foundation
Please note the Community Foundation will not typically fund:
- Creation of new organization
- Capital campaigns/capital costs (equipment, building costs, maintenance)
- Political campaigns
- Expenses incurred before the grant is awarded
- Cemetery associations
- Religious causes that further a specific belief/agenda
Resources for Grant Applicants and Partners
BIG IDEAS GRANTS
BB&T Economic Growth Fund
The BB&T Economic Growth Fund will improve the standard of living and economic health of Lancaster County through business attraction and incubation, industrial growth, and creation of sustainable/thriving wage jobs for residents of Lancaster County.
The Partnership Program supports the intentional and formal steps of bringing together multiple community benefit organizations or a community benefit organization with a for-profit organization through a merger, joint venture, strategic alliance, or strategic collaboration.
Creative Solutions Grants
This grant supports the implementation of creative solutions that increase financial stability and/or quality of life. Apply online by July 17.
CBO FUEL GRANTS
CBO Fuel grants encourage community benefit organizations to invest in self-examination and growth, increasing their impact and effectiveness in Lancaster.
Through CBO Catalyst, we support community benefit organizations in the process towards sustainability, using creative solutions to increase financial stability and quality of life in our community. Apply online by May 4.
CBO Capacity Building
CBO Capacity Building grants support projects that build an organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission. Community benefit organizations (CBO’s) are encouraged to utilize services offered by Leadership Lancaster and PANO, or professional consultants who can assist in enhancing the organization’s impact on the community. Apply online by May 17.
CBO Communications Infusion
The new CBO Communications Infusion program strengthens connections between community benefit organizations, their stakeholders, and the wider community. Apply online by July 17.
PASSION GRANTS - APPLY BY MAY 17
Our passion grants improve our county in a number of ways, through supporting programming in a broad range of focus areas including: healthcare, the environment, restoring historical structures, human rights/inclusion, the arts, preschool child development, and projects in Eastern Lancaster County.
Previously known as Field of Interest grants, Passion Grants improve our county in a number of ways, through supporting programming in a broad range of focus areas including: healthcare, the environment, human rights/inclusion, the arts, preschool child development, and projects in Eastern Lancaster County.
Our scholarships connect generous donors with enterprising students. We offer both general scholarships and school-specific scholarships.
General Scholarships for 2018-19
The Lancaster County Community Foundation’s general scholarship application is now closed. Scholarship recipients will be notified in March 2018. Thanks for applying!
Joseph and Claudine Hess – available to all Lancaster County students regardless of field of study. $2,000 per year, renewable.
Albert S. Rosman – available to Conestoga Valley High School students regardless of field of study. $1,400 for one year.
James R. Buescher – available to Lancaster County students planning a course of study in Creative Writing, Journalism, Marketing, Mass Communication, and Media Studies. $500 for one year.
George W. McKibbin – available to African American students from Lancaster County. $2,000 per year, renewable.
Charles W. Shoff – available to Lancaster County students planning a course of study in Geology, Medicine, Agriculture, Mechanical Engineering, or Mechanical Drafting. $1,000 per year, renewable.
Jason M. Truitt – available to any current, graduating high school senior or recent graduate who is or was a Big or Little with Big Brother Big Sisters of Lancaster County. $350 for one year.
The Community Foundation is a participating partner in PHEAA’s PATH (Partnerships for Access to Higher Education) program, which means that some of our scholarship awards could be matched by PHEAA on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $2,500.
If you have additional questions about scholarships, please call (507) 931.0414.
School-Specific Scholarships 2018-19
Students attending the schools below who are interested in learning more about these scholarships and obtaining application materials are encouraged to contact their school’s guidance or financial aid department and inquire about the fund listed.
*Applicants must be currently enrolled at MU in an education program
4. Susquehanna Waldorf School (Stephen Jonathan Swartz Scholarship Fund)
If you have additional questions about scholarships, please call 507.931.0414.