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CBO Business Partnership

Grants to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Nonprofits for
Collaborative Projects to Benefit Local Communities

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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 ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for collaborative projects benefiting residents throughout the County. Interested applicants are required to contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support partnerships between organizations and local businesses that work together to create positive environmental and social impact in local communities.

The CBO Business Partnership program supports substantial and strategic private sector/community benefit organization (CBO) partnerships. Grants will support CBOs in various stages of building capacity for and implementation of partnerships with local businesses, in order to deliver outcomes that neither the CBOs nor the businesses could achieve independently.

By combining the power of the private sector into the continuing work of CBOs’ social impact, the Foundation will create inclusive and equitable opportunities for the County that will result in a sustainable, positive impact for CBOs, businesses, and residents.

Through the grant program, the Foundation is issuing a challenge for the best ideas that connect the operations and goals of a business to doing intentional good in Lancaster County, involving a CBO’s mission and work in the delivery. For examples of eligible projects, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185517

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: September 20, 2019 – September 20, 2020

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

Example of what this program is not designed for: Partnerships that are largely transactional or fundraising in nature. Solely seeking private sector support for a fundraiser or event, requesting a sponsorship from a business, and seeking in-kind donations or volunteer support are not the intent of this grant program.

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 Business Partnership Info Session will be held on Wed, March 27, 2019, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT, at the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

For information and registration:

Pre-Application Information:


- Final Application Deadline: July 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm
- Funding Period: September 20, 2019 – September 20, 2020
- Award Notification: By phone or email, September 19, 2019

Applicants must apply online. Interested applicants are required to have a conversation with Ashlinn Masland-Sarani prior to submitting a proposal. In addition, organizations should send her a brief description (2-4 sentences) of the project idea. The applicant organization will then be provided with a password for accessing the application.

Community Foundation staff will review and comment on application drafts submitted by July 3, 2019. Application drafts should be submitted through the grant portal. On or before July 10, the Foundation will issue comments and revert your application back to “draft” status. You will then be able to make revisions and re-submit by the final July 17 deadline.

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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:

Send a description of the project idea via email to:

Ashlinn Masland-Sarani, Program Officer
717-397-1629 ext. 110

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Lancaster County