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Announcing Nearly $350,000 in Grants!

We’re excited to announce nearly $350,000 invested through grants to 24 local community benefits organizations. At the Lancaster County Community Foundation we’re all about investing to invigorate Lancaster – if you share that passion, you can learn more about Forever Lancaster and joining our community grant review team. Be part of making Lancaster extraordinary!
In this most recent grant cycle we’re proud to support organizations that are making our community bold, inclusive, and innovative. From a youth-led initiative that prevents suicide and supporting quality childcare for families of any income level to celebrating the diverse culture of our neighbors from the Middle East – exciting things are happening in our community. Read more below.


These grants support projects that build the capacity of our community benefit organizations – from strategic planning to technology improvements, it’s a concrete way to support our grantee partners in their diverse missions.
Aevidum, $8,400
Aevidum will use this grant to form a strategic plan for the organization to cover the next three years.
Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Pennsylvania Lancaster Chapter, $10,000
Funds will be used to develop a marketing plan to expand disease education and awareness of our programs and services available to the diverse Lancaster County community, including a focus on Spanish speaking populations.
ASSETS Lancaster $10,000
Southern Market is being reborn as a food hub, impact business hub, and community catalyst to promote thriving wage job creation, ethical business development, and to be an economic driver to the surrounding neighborhood. The historic landmark will serve as home to twenty businesses, over one hundred jobs, and be a point of connection for locals and tourists from various walks of life.
Compass Mark $10,000
Funds will be used to implement a comprehensive communication and fundraising initiative over the coming year.
Community First Fund $10,000
Funds will be used to pay a portion of the costs to engage a consultant for the purpose of developing a new five year Strategic Plan.
Disability Empowerment Center, $10,000
Funds will be used to develop a strong set of goals for the Disability Empowerment Center (DEC) and to develop a plan to achieve them.
KPETS, $10,000
This project encompasses three components: development of a Strategic Plan, development of an Executive Succession Plan and development of a strategy for maximizing the value of Salesforce, KPETS’ new CRM software tool.
PRiMA Arts Inc, $10,000
PRiMA is to move from Vendini, a ticketing software, to Salesforce-based Patron Technology, a holistic software that will equip the organization with comprehensive data, multiplying the effectiveness of the organization’s cultural offerings to the community by enhancing the organization’s available data, reducing patron fees, and increasing the organization’s fundraising and marketing resources.
UDS Foundation, $10,000
Funds will be used for in-house one-on-one and off site specialized and intricate training for a  current UDS employee who will ultimately replace a UDS Custom Wheelchair Seating Technician employee nearing retirement age.
Water Street Ministries $6,120
Funds will be used to purchase, implement and maintain an on-line, computer based Learning Management System (LMS) for employees and volunteers.
YWCA Lancaster, $9,000
Funds will be used to improve the organization’s financial development capacity by converting from Giftworks to Salesforce, a highly sophisticated tool for prospect and donor management.
These grants support a range of issues in Lancaster county, all focused on improving life for the individuals who call it home.
Franklin & Marshall College, $10,000
Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) will host a community-wide festival this fall to celebrate Middle Eastern and Islamic culture and art.
Friendship Community, $15,000
The Friendship Heart Gallery (FHG) empowers individuals who have an intellectual disability to grow artistically while they attend art classes, earn a commission and collaborate with professional artists.
Independent Living Services, $5,700
Personal care services will be granted to seniors and people with disabilities who either on waiting lists or not eligible for the state benefits, and who can’t afford to privately pay for services.
Jewish Family Service of Lancaster $25,000
JFS will expand its existing Senior Care Services program from volunteer services, such as friendly visitations and transportation, to include professional Care Management and Caregiver services as explained throughout the application., $5,000
The 7th Ward: Discovering Our Treasures Oral History Project aims to establish sound pathways to the future by building on our connections to the past. Focusing on the years 1930-1980, current and former residents of this culturally-diverse section of Lancaster City will be interviewed and recorded so as to permanently share their stories and experiences which contributed to this rich and vibrant community during this time frame.
Lancaster County Conservancy, $31,600
LCC will restore and enhance a 5-acre riparian buffer within a 21-acre LCC preserve within 500 feet of the Susquehanna River and 17-feet from an unnamed tributary. A field between emergent and forested wetlands will be replanted with native and edible plants to engage and educate the public, hiking and biking, on the Northwest River Trail within the Susquehanna Riverlands.
Lancaster Day Care Center, $24,000
Funds will be used to support scholarships for Lancaster Day Care Center’s for the infant/toddler population.
Millersville University Office of Visual & Performing Arts, $15,000
This is a multi-faceted program providing exceptional diversified arts and arts-learning experiences to young people from all walks of life, with a particular emphasis on the underserved and marginalized including those who are disadvantaged, from refugee and immigrant families, and living with disabilities
Music for Everyone, $12,300
Funds will be used to support a cadre of professional Artist Mentors and college student interns who work directly with teachers in School District of Lancaster and Columbia schools year-round
Thaddeus Stevens Foundation, $18,000
The Masonry program is moving into a larger space in Greenfield Corporate Center (Conestoga Valley SD) in summer 2017, benefiting 20-40 students a year. Funds will support additional equipment which will allow new skills to be taught.
These grants are aimed at preserving and maintaining historic structures – the “unglamorous things” necessary to sustain a documented historical structure.
1719 Hans Herr House & Museum $41,525
This project includes crucial repairs to the windows, shutters, front door, masonry work, exterior drainage and electrical system of the 1719 Herr House.
Haldeman Mansion Preservation Society, Inc. $32,787
There are two significant moisture remediation maintenance needs for the Haldeman Mansion property. The first is replacing the 38-year old wooden shingle roof of the circa mid-18th century summer kitchen, which was was the first structure built on the estate. It sees regular use for interpretation and period cooking demonstrations during public events. The second is waterproofing for moisture compromised sections of the mansion foundation, which are affecting the stability of the mansion.
Rock Ford Foundation $10,188
Restoration and repair of the deteriorating exterior shutters, windows, sills and wood trim of the Rock Ford mansion, which are largely original and date to circa 1794.
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