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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits in Eligible Regions
for Collaborative Projects to Benefit Local Communities

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Lancaster County Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

07/21/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for collaborative projects that benefit local communities. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a final application. Funding is intended to support partnerships between organizations and local businesses with the goal of creating positive environmental and social impact in local communities. Projects must benefit residents of Lancaster County.

The CBO Business Partnership program supports substantial and strategic partnerships between private sector/community benefit organization (CBO)  and businesses in order to deliver a greater combined impact.  CBOs and their business partners will engage in a four-session workshop series over 8 months to gain valuable knowledge and experience through collective discussion and other learning opportunities.

While the aim of the grant opportunity is to allow for social innovation and idea general from within the community, the Foundation is deliberately placing minimal parameters around what partnerships might entail. They are issuing a challenge for the best ideas connecting 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

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GrantWatch ID#: 185517

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

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: September 18, 2020 – September 18, 2021

The Cohort Workshop Timeline will be as follows (workshop attendance is required) :
- Orientation is October 15, 2020 (3:30 - 4:30 PM) at the Community Foundation
- 2021 Workshops: January 14, March 18, May 20, August 12

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
- In good standing with all existing awards and contracts with the Lancaster County Community Foundation

The 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 March 26, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, at the Lancaster County Community Foundation.

For information and registration:

Pre-Application Information:

Complete the Letter of Intent (LOI) in the grant portal by July 14, 2020.

After Community Foundation staff approves an LOI, they will provide access to the full application through the same grant portal. The complete application final deadline is July 21, 2020, 11:59 PM.

Grantees will be notified on September 18, 2020 by 5:00 PM.

Grant Timeline:
- March 3, 2020: Application Opens
- June 30: Draft applications due for staff feedback (optional)
- July 14, 2020: LOI deadline.
- July 21, 2020: Final applications due by 11:59 PM

Organizations are not eligible to receive grants from the Fund for more than three consecutive years.

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

Online application portal:

If you think that you or someone at your organization has already registered in the system, do not create a new account. Please contact Dave Koser, at to receive your username and password.

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

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USA: Pennsylvania: Lancaster County

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