Our 2019 grants are now open! Check out our grant guide and find more information on grant opportunities below. We’re excited to partner with you in the coming year.
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
Emboldening strategies to shape the future of Lancaster County
CBO Individual Action Grants
This grant is focused on pilot or test projects that engage individuals partnering with community benefit organizations to promote equity and inclusion. Grants will support projects with creative, precise ideas for enhancing community in Lancaster.
CBO Business Partnership
This program supports substantial and strategic private sector/CBO partnerships that will achieve positive social and environmental impact on Lancaster County’s residents and communities. Grants will support CBOs in various stages of building capacity for and implementation of partnerships with local businesses, in order to deliver outcomes that neither the CBOs nor the businesses could achieve independently. Apply online by July 17.
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.
CBO FUEL GRANTS
CBO Fuel grants encourage community benefit organizations to invest in self-examination and growth, increasing their impact and effectiveness in Lancaster.
CBO Capacity Building
New focus this year. Through group learning labs and customized grantmaking, community benefit organizations (CBOs) will learn methods to spark change in organizational culture and structure. A series of learning labs will help strengthen organizational capacity for board and staff development in the areas of equity and inclusion. CBOs are encouraged to utilize services offered by professional consultants who can assist in enhancing the organization’s impact on the community. The application deadline is July 17.
Baldwin Leadership Program
The Baldwin Leadership Program supports the personal leadership development of individuals in Lancaster County. This 18-month program consists of each Baldwin Leader’s development plan, an overnight retreat, monthly cohort meetings and informal gatherings throughout the year.
Our passion grants improve our county in a number of ways, through supporting programming in a broad range of focus areas including: human services, the environment, restoring historical structures, human rights/inclusion, the arts, preschool child development, projects in Eastern Lancaster County, and clean water through the new Clean Water Fund.
The Clean Water Fund
This fund will enable local partners to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of projects using technology, cultural sensitivity, and science-based practices that will get our streams to clean and clear in a generation.
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: human services, the environment, restoring historical structures, clean water, 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 2019-2020
The Lancaster County Community Foundation’s scholarships for 2019 are now closed. Awardees will be notified in April 2019. Thank you to everyone who applied.
Scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open in October 2019.
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 2019-2020
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.