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Spring Cycle Grants Announced

In 2012, the Community Foundation will invest more than $2.1 million dollars in Lancaster County. Today, in the second of four grant cycles this year, we announce 12 new grant partners, receiving a total of $218,678 to invest in Lancaster County. The new grants support youth education, county immigration issues, local healthcare concerns, and environmental greenspace enhancement. The Spring Cycle includes field of interest competitive grants, established to support a specific cause, and capacity building grants, established to give organizations the structure they need to support their mission.


List of Grant Partners:

Better Lancaster Fund

Fulton Opera House Foundation, $10,000

Building Bridges Pre-School Critical Literacy Program: Building Bridges is a comprehensive arts-education program for preschool-aged children (3-5 years) 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 early learning centers serving multicultural families living at or below poverty level.

Southeast Lancaster Health Services, $20,000

Reach Out and Read: 15.1% of Lancaster County is illiterate. Because of this, SouthEast Lancaster Health operates a countywide Reach Out and Read program which prepares children to read by incorporating literacy development into pediatric check-ups. During checkups, doctors advise parents about reading aloud and give developmentally-appropriate books to children 6 months to 5 years. Published studies prove that ROR families read together more often, children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies, stronger language skills and a six-month development edge.

Capacity Building Fund

Aaron’s Acres, $5,000
Aaron’s Acres will develop a marketing plan to unify Aaron’s Acres brand messaging to the community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, $5,000
In order to bring greater benefit to local youth, the organization will create a more efficient system of intake, matching, and match support.

Keystone Art and Culture Center, $10,000
Keystone will create a comprehensive fundraising plan to build capacity for a healthy financial future.

Lancaster Education Foundation, $10,000
An evolving organization, the Lancaster Education Foundation will support organizational development and fundraising that will ultimately benefit students in the School District of Lancaster.

Southeast Lancaster Health Services, $10,000 

SouthEast Lancaster Health provides a cost-effective solution to the significant problem of healthcare accessibility in Lancaster County.  The organization will develop a marketing plan to support the new leadership and strategic direction.

Margaret Eppihimer Fund

Water Street Ministries, $23,800
Water Street Ministries will develop the Caring Circle. The Caring Circle will increase donations and enhance awareness of healthcare access issues for individuals living in poverty as well as improve health services for the underserved in the Lancaster community.

Ada Harr Fund

United Disabilities Services, $25,000
UDS will continue to meet the high demands of their benevolent fund for personal care services. The fund pays for services for individuals in critical situations who go without needed care or end up unnecessarily in nursing facilities.

Kenney Fund & K.L. Shirk Memorial Fund

Church World Service, $10,000

As refugees arrive in Lancaster County at increasing rates, education and outreach to service providers are essential for these new populations.  Church World Service/Lancaster, in partnership with Franklin & Marshall College, will collaborate to improve the Lancaster refugee community.

Lancaster Environmental Fund

Lancaster County Conservancy, $31,000

Urban Forest Project: Development of an urban forest preserve will be a significant county attraction to encourage public interaction with nature. Community Foundation funds provided will serve as a match for state and other grant funds to complete significant parts of the project including LEED certification.

Ressler Fund

Lancaster Farmland Trust, $24,700

The Trust will implement the second phase of an effort to reach 100,000 acres of farmland preserved in the county – a first in the nation. In this phase, the Trust will facilitate the preservation of six key farms on approximately 360 acres in Eastern Lancaster County, building on contiguous blocks of farmland and protecting the quality of life for area residents.

Sam and Verda Taylor – Performing Arts Fund

Music for Everyone, $27,000

Music for Everyone in Schools provides music instruction, student community performances, access to professional performances and summer learning opportunities for students. A professional Artist Mentor works with music teachers to deliver instruction and support. Students benefit by an increase in the quality and quantity of music instruction.

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