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CBO Equity and Inclusion Grant

Grants and In-Kind Support to Pennsylvania Nonprofits
in Eligible Locations to Advance Organizational Equity

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Lancaster County Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

05/19/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of $20,000 and in-kind support to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for projects that advance organizational equity. Interested applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to a full proposal. In addition to monetary grants, a workshop series will assist grantees in implementing change and creating an equity and inclusion plan for their organization. Funds must benefit Lancaster County.

Community benefit organizations (CBOs) will join a learning journey embedding equity practices that encourage collective reflection and transformational change. CBOs will engage in a 9-month workshop series designed to guide organizational practices through a lens of equity and social change. The workshops offer fresh perspectives and practical strategies guiding CBOs toward creating an organizational equity and inclusion plan. The cohort will work with a consultant to identify potential ideas focused on building equity and inclusion. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180241

Number of Grants:

Six grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of $20,000 will be awarded upon completion of the program.

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: July 22, 2021 – July 22, 2022

Workshops will take place on the following dates:
- 2021 Workshops: September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1 (11am – 1pm)
- 2022 Workshops: January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4 (11am – 1pm)
Note: Workshop attendance is required.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
- Services to benefit the residents of Lancaster County
- Current 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS
- Registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations unless otherwise exempt per the Institutions of Purely Public Charity Act
- IRS Form 990
- Annual Audit or a financial review by an independent CPA within the last 12 months
- In good standing with all existing awards and contracts with the Lancaster County Community Foundation

The Community Foundation will not typically fund the following:
- Creation of new organization
- Schools
- Capital campaigns/capital costs (equipment, building costs, maintenance)
- Political campaigns
- Expenses incurred before the grant is awarded
- Cemetery associations
- Religious causes that further a specific belief/agenda
- Individuals

Pre-proposal Conference:

2021 CBO Equity and Inclusion Program Info Session will take place on March 25, 2021 at 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm via Zoom.

For more information and registration:

Pre-Application Information:

- March 3: Application opens
LOI must be completed before application is available.
- April 21: Draft applications due for staff feedback (optional).
Drafts saved but not submitted will NOT receive feedback.
- May 12 11:59 PM: Letter of Intent (LOI) deadline
Staff feedback provided; applications returned to draft status for completion.
- May 19 11:59 PM: Final applications due
- July 22, 2021 by 5:00 PM: Award Notification (yes or no)

Grant Partners Timeline and Reporting:
- Grant Overview: August 4, 2021, 10:00 – 11:00am
- Completion Report: Due August 31, 2022

Application process:
1. Complete the Letter of Intent (LOI) in the grant portal by May 12, 2021. The LOI provides basic organizational information, and a brief description of your project concept. You must complete the LOI before you can start the full application.
2. After Program Staff approve the LOI, they will provide full access to the grant application through the same grant portal.
3. Complete the full application by final deadline: May 19, 2021

Grants will be awarded upon completion of the program in May 2022.

Application process and timeline:

Eligibility requirements:

View the 2021 CBO Equity & Inclusion Program Info Session:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For questions, send Senior Program Officer Fran Rodriguez an email:

Lancaster County Community Foundation
24 West King Street, Suite 201
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 397-1629

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Lancaster County

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