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Fellowships to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Nonprofits for Capacity Building Programs

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Lancaster County Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

04/07/17 11:59 PM


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Fellowships to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations to participate in a partnership to strengthen their organization and to improve the quality of life in the region. An informational session will be held on February 21, 2017. Applicants must contact the Foundation before applying, and those that submit a draft before March 24, 2017 will receive feedback on their application.

This program offers an entry point for small community benefit organizations, or organizations in transition, that have not previously partnered with or received one or fewer grant(s) from the Community Foundation within the past five years.

This program consists of the following three components:

1. Cohort Learning Agenda: Participants will take place in several cohort learning meetings, with topics on improving organizational capacity such as impact measurement, leadership and organizational culture, communications and marketing, revenue generation, and governance and operations.

2. PANO’s Sustainability Assessment for Community Benefit Organizations: The assessment will help each community benefit organization (CBO) to focus their efforts on enhancing organizational strength and stabilizing their footing.

3. Capacity Building Grant Award: Participants will be asked to submit a capacity building grant application of $10,000, pending the successful completion of the cohort learning agenda. The application is due on December 4, 2017.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152403

Term of Contract:

Part 1 program period is May 18, 2017 to October 3, 2018, and the funding period is December 12, 2017 to June 12, 2018 (pending successful Part 1 program completion and capacity building grant application).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must come from current 501(c)(3) community benefit organizations that are registered with or exempt from the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations. Community Foundation staff will verify these requirements including a filed 990 utilizing Guidestar and other online resources.

Organizations must benefit residents of Lancaster County, PA.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational session will be held on February 21, 9:00 – 10:00 AM, at the Community Foundation. See Contact Information for the address and to RSVP.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must contact Foundation staff to receive the access code to apply.

Community Foundation staff will review and comment on application drafts submitted by March 24, 2017. Application drafts should be submitted through the grant portal. Drafts that are saved, but not submitted, will not be considered for feedback.

On or before March 31, staff will issue comments and revert your application back to “draft” status. You will then have the ability to make revisions and re-submit by the final April 7 deadline.

Please note that for this application, the Foundation does not want you to detail how you would spend the grant dollars, as this is not a grant application. This application is to determine program acceptance only. For those accepted into the program, a capacity building grant application will be due on December 4, 2017.

Notification will be by phone or email by May 18, 2017.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

RSVP for the informational session here:

Applicants must have a conversation with Community Foundation staff prior to submitting an application. Call the Foundation at (717) 397-1629.

If your organization is eligible, you will receive an access code. Go to, login or register as a Grant Applicant and enter the access code to begin the application process.

The Lancaster County Community Foundation
24 W. King Street, Suite 201
Lancaster, PA 17603

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USA: Pennsylvania: Lancaster County

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