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Social Enterprise Program

Grants to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Nonprofits for
Market-Based Strategies to Improve the Quality of Life

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Lancaster County Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/21/17 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,00 to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for projects using market-based strategies to improve financial stability and the quality of life in the region. An info session will be held on May 31, and September 7, 2017 is the deadline to have a draft reviewed before submission. Applicants are encouraged to have a conversation with program staff prior to submitting a proposal.

The Foundation supports the various stages of Social Enterprise including feasibility studies, business plans, marketing/branding, legal fees, working capital for supplies and/or inventory, implementation, and scale. For the purposes of this grant, Social Enterprise is defined as organizations or programs using market-based strategies with an integrated focus on people, planet, and profit (triple bottom line) to achieve their missions for common good.

As part of the program, partner organizations meet as a cohort on a monthly basis to facilitate collective learning, sharing, problem-solving, and creativity. A wide range of resources is available to support grantee organizations and their cohort (partner organizations receive $1,000 to use for resources).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180244

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant range of $10,000 to $30,000. In addition, $1,000 is available to every organization participating in a cohort.

Term of Contract:

The funding period is November 9, 2017 to December 31, 2018.

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 utilizing Guidestar and other online resources. Organizations will also be required to submit:

- Audited or reviewed (not compiled, not a 990) financial statement prepared by an independent CPA firm within 12 months
- A current board of directors roster
- A current fiscal year organizational budget

The Community Foundation will not typically fund the following:

- Creation of new organization
- Schools
- Capital campaigns
- Political campaigns
- Expenses incurred before the grant is awarded
- Cemetery associations
- Religious causes that further a specific belief/agenda
- Individuals

Projects must benefit residents of Lancaster County, PA. The Community Foundation will accept only one application per project concept.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational session will be held on May 31, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 PM, at the Community Foundation, 24 W. King Street, Lancaster.

RSVP by clicking the link in Contact Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to have a conversation with program staff prior to submitting a proposal.

Community Foundation staff will review and comment on application drafts submitted by September 7, 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 September 14, 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 September 21, 2017 deadline.

Award notification will be by phone or email, November 9, 2017.

Grants Resources:

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 info session:

Register and apply online:

For questions, contact Dave Koser or Fran Rodriguez at 717.397.1629 or email

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Lancaster County