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John J. Snyder, Jr. Fund for Historic Preservation

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits for the Restoration and
Maintenance of Historical Structures in Eligible Counties

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 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for projects to restore, repair, and maintain historically significant structures in eligible counties. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support activities such as roof repair and replacement, electrical system repair and replacement, painting, and repointing, as well as general restoration, maintenance, and repair. Funded projects must benefit Lancaster and Cumberland Counties.

The John J. Snyder, Jr. Fund for Historic Preservation is a distinct fund of the Lancaster County Community Foundation's Passion Grants. The Fund provides for the restoration, maintenance, and repair of historical structures in Lancaster and Cumberland counties. Grant funds may be used for many of the “unglamorous things” necessary to sustain a documented historical structure owned by a community benefit organization, so that it may be preserved for future generations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180248

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $20,000 to $95,400.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
- Projects must benefit residents of Lancaster or Cumberland Counties
- 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

Funding will be awarded for project execution only, not for feasibility studies or other planning purposes.

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:

The John J. Snyder, Jr. Fund for Historic Preservation is a distinct fund of the Passion Grants. The Passion Grants Info Session will take place on March 24, 2021 2:30pm – 3:30pm via Zoom.

For details 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: September 8, 2021, 3:30-4:30 PM
- Completion Report: Due August 31, 2022
- Celebration: September 23, 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. Applications for this fund require a building maintenance/restoration plan.

One application is welcome per organization per year.

CBOs may not receive grants from the same Passion Grant for more than 3 consecutive years.

Application process and timeline:

Eligibility requirements:

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, contact:
Alma Felix

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 and Cumberland Counties

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