Through our grantmaking, we invest in local community benefit organizations (CBO’s) that increase the quality of life for Lancaster County residents. To learn more about our specific grant opportunities for 2016, CLICK HERE!


Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for funding is determined based on due diligence and assessment of the following:

Resources for Grant Applicants and Partners


Applications Due September 22, 2016; Award Date November 10, 2016

BB&T Economic Growth Fund

FUND PURPOSE:  To 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.

FIRST CYCLE 2016 (Now closed)

Applications Due March 31, 2016; Award Date May 19, 2016

SECOND CYCLE 2016 (now closed)

Applications Due May 19, 2016; Award Date July 21, 2016

THIRD CYCLE 2016 (now closed)

Applications Due July 19, 2016; Award Date September 22, 2016


In 2016, the Community Foundation is offering two unique fellowship programs–one for individuals and one for organizations. Explore the info below to learn all about these amazing opportunities.

Baldwin Fellowship

The Baldwin Fellowship Program is a personal and professional development program for community benefit leaders in Lancaster County. The program honors former board director Reverend John R. Baldwin for his outstanding 20 years of service to the Community Foundation.

Organizational Fellowship Program

Through the Organizational Fellowship Program, we strive to build strong sustainable community benefit organizations that use creative solutions to increase financial stability and quality of life in our community.



Our scholarships connect generous donors with enterprising students. We offer both general scholarships and school-specific scholarships.

General Scholarships for 2017-18

The Lancaster County Community Foundation’s general scholarship application is now electronic. You simply need SET UP AN ACCOUNT AND APPLY. You will be able to begin an application, save it at any point, and come back to it as many times as you need to before you submit. The application form for the 2017-18 school year is due January 15, 2017.

Scholarships include:

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 only.

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 only.

George W. McKibbin – available to African American students from Lancaster County. $2,000 per year, renewable.

*Charles W. Shoff (This scholarship is unavailable for 2017-18 – it will be available again the following year) – available to Lancaster County students planning a course of study in Geology, Medicine, Agriculture, Mechanical Engineering, or Mechanical Drafting. $1,000 per year, renewable.

School-Specific Scholarships 2017-18

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.

1. Garden Spot High School (John H. Gehr Fund)
2. Lampeter-Strasburg High School (Frank A. Wint Memorial Fund)
3. Millersville University (Nathan Schaeffer Scholarship Fund)

*Applicants must be currently enrolled at MU in an education program

4. Susquehanna Waldorf School (Stephen Jonathan Swartz Scholarship Fund)