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CBO Individual Action Grants

Grants to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Nonprofits for
Collaborative Community Projects Promoting Social Inclusion

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Foundation / Corporation

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Lancaster County Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

07/17/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations to support individuals and grassroots community groups implement programs that promote inclusion and equity. Funding is intended to provide seed funding and early support for innovative projects.

CBO Individual Action Grants support projects with creative, targeted ideas for enhancing community in Lancaster. The Community Foundation is not looking to solve a particular problem with this grant program; rather, the goal is to support an organic community-driven process that emboldens residents to brainstorm, share ideas, and act with CBOs to generate their own unique solutions to their own unique challenges. Funded projects should share the following characteristics:

1) Seed funding: Though Individual Action grants are smaller than most of the Foundation's grants, but small grant investments can produce big results when the right people are working together.
2) Early support: The Foundation aims to provide a financial spark for ideas when they are still in a formative stage.
3) Innovation: The Foundation is looking for creative and unexpected ideas and projects that are not yet established enough to be considered for other grant programs.
4) Inclusion and Equity: The Foundation seeks grassroots solutions driven by people who may have previously not had access to decision-making authority based on things such as race, gender, income/educational attainment, sexual orientation, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185516

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $2,000 are available.

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
- Annual Audit or a financial review by an independent CPA within the last 12 months

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:

A CBO Individual Action Info Session will be held on Fri, March 29, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT, at the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

For information and registration:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: July 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Award Notification: By phone or email, August 22, 2019

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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:

Fran Rodriguez

Lancaster County Community Foundation
24 West King Street, Suite 201
Lancaster, PA 17603

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Lancaster County