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Announcing $436,000 in local grant investments!

The Lancaster County Community Foundation announces $436,365 in grant investments to 24 local community benefit organizations whose work supports the residents of Lancaster County. These grants will support a range of programs including projects that will focus on capacity building for community benefit organizations, environmental initiatives, early childhood development, health care, human relations, historic preservation efforts, and the arts.

In 2018, the Community Foundation will invest nearly $2 million dollars in Lancaster County organizations in addition to inspiring the community to millions more during the Extraordinary Give. Trained community volunteers and staff review grant proposals and recommend grants to the Community Foundation Board of Directors who ultimately approve the investments. 

The Lancaster County Community Foundation is proud to partner with organizations and programs that spark ideas, catalyze action, and embolden extraordinary community. We are excited to dream fearlessly with our newest grantee partners:


Passion Grants (Field of Interest Funds)

Projects that turn love of community into lasting change


The Ada F. Harr Program provides home health or custodial care to people living in their homes who are affected by illness or disability in Lancaster County.

Vision Corps                                                                                       $20,000

(As highlighted above). When someone suffers vision impairment due to disease, accident or an age-related condition they can experience feelings of frustration and anxiety. VisionCorps provides the tools and training for Lancaster County residents to regain and maintain their independence and quality of life. By working with VisionCorps’ skilled and certified specialists, Lancaster Countians living with vision loss or vision impairment require and receive the necessary skills to live independently in their own home.

Friendship Community                                                                  $5,450

Individuals with intellectual disabilities or autism are able to live with their parents/caregiver or on their own, while teams of professionals work 24/7 with each individual nurturing their everyday needs, living independently, yet still having a support system to aid with skills.   Services include, personal health care, cooking, transportation, housekeeping, managing finances and employment training.  Care for individuals empowers them to become independent community members.

Jewish Family Service of Lancaster                                            $30,000

Since 1989, Jewish Family Service has been a trusted community resource for the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community. JFS’s Senior Care Services is dedicated to  improving the quality of life for our community’s seniors, in particular, low income seniors, enabling them to live at home independently. This is done by providing high quality services and support. An income based sliding scale offers affordable rates at all income levels.



The John J. Snyder Fund is for the restoration, maintenance, and repair of historical structures in Lancaster and Cumberland Counties. Funds may be used for many of the “unglamorous things” necessary to sustain a documented historical structure owned by a community benefit organization so that it may be preserved for future generations.

Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society, Inc.           $31,860

HMPS will restore the deteriorated windows of the historic Haldeman Mansion according to Secretary of the Interior standards using an experienced contractor and architect with considerable historic preservation experience. The 35 windows in the mansion contain original wood and glass and must be restored using exacting standards to both maintain the historic significance of the mansion and also to provide energy efficient climate control in advance of installing a modern heating and cooling system.


YWCA Lancaster                                                          $35,200

The Maureen Powers Community Room is in need of renovations and repair to bring the room back to its former self. The hardwood floor is buckling. The original plaster is in disrepair. The ceiling needs to be repaired to prevent damage and safety issues. The YWCA first occupied this building in 1918.  One hundred years later it is showing its age. The history and beauty of the old craftsmanship in this room and throughout the building are quite evident.


The Anne C. & W. Franklin Ressler Program supports projects intended to benefit residents who live in Eastern Lancaster County, particularly in the areas defined by the Conestoga Valley School District, Eastern Lancaster School District, and Pequea Valley School District.

Girls on the Run of Lancaster                                                      $15,000

Inspiring girls to feel confident, healthy, and strong, Girls on the Run of Lancaster has made a difference in the lives of over 10,000 3rd to 8th grade girls across Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.  Since 2009, our afterschool running program that trains girls for a 5K has reached more girls by expanding throughout the county and offering scholarships to girls in financial need. Working with mentor coaches and making connections through teamwork, GOTR helps every girl reach their potential.

Lancaster Farmland Trust                                                              $11,900

Fifty percent of streams in Lancaster County are polluted. These same water sources provide drinking water and recreation for our communities. Forested buffers have been identified as an effective way to filter pollutants from farm fields before they reach our streams, and provide habitat for wildlife in agricultural areas. The Trust will install native plantings on priority farms in the Mill Creek watershed to establish riparian buffers, reduce pollutant run-off and improve water quality. 



The Better Lancaster Fund supports programs that increase early childhood development for children from birth to age 5.

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County         $22,240

The Seeds of STEAM initiative is a complete paradigm shift of CAP’s Education and Child Development team to include STEAM content/assessment from the beginning of a child’s educational journey.  This framework is an innovative approach to early learning that highlights skills in science, technology, engineering and math, and uses these to achieve other outcomes including: language and literacy, kindergarten readiness, age-appropriate social emotional development, and problem solving skills.

Fulton Theatre                                                                                  $1,960

Building Bridges is a comprehensive arts education program for preschoolers (3-5 yrs) built around a curriculum of storytelling and dramatic play that contributes to the learning of critical literacy skills, expanded expressiveness and creativity, and social and emotional growth vital to school readiness. Bridges is offered to area early learning centers serving multicultural families living at or below poverty level and through the Fulton’s Academy of Theatre programming.


The Florence Starr Taylor Fund and Lancaster Arts and Culture Program supports visual arts programs in the Lancaster Community.  Preference is given to programs that serve underserved or underrepresented populations in our community.

Lancaster Public Art, City of Lancaster                                     $7,500

Neighborhood selected artist, Matthew Geller, is working to integrate art into the new design of the park. Through creative projects he will engage communities surrounding the park, gathering input and encouraging local residents to participate in collaborative and communal ownership of the public space. Geller will then work with the design team to infuse artful, effective solutions that reflect neighborhood life into the landscape and storm water management of the space.

Pennsylvania College of Art and Design                                  $7,500

PCA&D will host Brazilian artist Bruno Miguel in Lancaster for an exhibition of his work and community artist talk. His work explores the narratives between past and present, high and low, and private and public. This winter, Miguel traveled to Lancaster County, hunting through second hand warehouses. For this exhibition he will create an artwork that will reflect Lancaster County’s pop “culture” of a time period long past. The exhibit and artist talk will be free and open to the public.


The Lancaster Environmental Fund and Shuman Family Downstream Solutions Fund encourages environmental protection, conservation, and environmental education efforts. 

Lancaster County Conservancy                                                   $15,915

Lancaster County Conservancy will acquire 23 acres of forests in East Earl Township adjacent to the Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve and Money Rocks County Park. This acquisition will increase the size of the Welsh Mountain Nature Preserve to 940 acres; together with Money Rocks County Park, the total protected contiguous interior forest will be over 1,200 acres. This acquisition is critical to protection of the interior forest habitat and this property will serve as an important buffer to adjacent development.

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture        $15,915

PASA, a Pennsylvania-based sustainable agriculture education and research non-profit, will host its Farming for the Future Conference in Lancaster in 2019. Over four days, farmers, educators, agriculture professionals, and enthusiasts will come together for an educational program that is designed to engage and inspire, with a focus on meaningful and practical skills and knowledge that will improve the environmental, economic, and social aspects of our farms and food system.


The Patrick Kenney, Jr. Memorial Education and K.L. Shirk Memorial Program supports programs that fight hate and bigotry, while seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of Lancaster County through internships, scholarships, workshops, and education.

YWCA Lancaster                                                                               $15,000

For nearly fifteen years, YWCA Lancaster has been providing our community with the annual Racial Justice Institute.  The RJI has always been facilitated by the highly skilled trainers of Cultural Bridges to Justice, a training and consulting firm specializing in issues of prejudice, oppression, and social justice.  The YWCA seeks a grant to train our own diverse cadre of trainers, greatly increasing our capacity to offer the Racial Justice Institute and other unique trainings in our community. 


The Sam & Verda Taylor Program supports performing arts programs in the Lancaster community.  Preference is given to programs that serve underserved or underrepresented populations in our community.

Servant Stage Company                                                                $12,500

Servant Stage seeks to make professional theatre accessible for all, especially people with physical and financial disadvantages, including many low-income families and elderly people. Our production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL will be offered at no charge with 30+ performances at venues across Lancaster County including schools, retirement homes, churches, and two weekends of shows at the Ware Center, making professional theatre accessible to thousands of the most underserved people in our community.

Fulton Theatre                                                                                  $14,900

In 2019, the Fulton looks to bridge the worlds of mental health and art with the Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal. This play explores the struggles of a family led by a mother with bipolar disorder. The Next to Normal Community Project will see the Fulton collaborating with mental health organizations, addiction/recovery agencies, and educational institutions to address mental health issues, build awareness, change perspectives, and reduce stigma within our community.



Capacity Building Program

The Capacity Building Program supports programs designed to enhance an organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission. Possibilities include strategic planning, marketing planning, development planning, endowment planning, etc.

Compass Mark $15,000
Hope Within Ministries $9,625
Lancaster County Conservancy $15,000
Lancaster Dollars for Higher Learning $15,000
Lancaster Public Art, City of Lancaster $12,500
Lancaster Recreation Commission $15,000
Mom’s House of Lancaster $15,000
PRiMA Arts Inc $14,950
Servant Stage Company $15,000
Tabor Community Services, Inc. $14,000
The Factory Ministries $15,000
The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon  $15,000
VisionCorps $12,000
YWCA Lancaster $15,000



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