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ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Pennsylvania: Lancaster County

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Partnership Program

Lancaster County Community Foundation


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #157077

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for programs that improve operational efficiency. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support organizations in merging with each other in order to improve efficiency and outcomes. Organizations must serve Lancaster County.

The Partnership Program supports the intentional and formal steps of bringing together multiple community benefit organizations or a community benefit organization with a for-profit organization through a merger, the legal binding of two or more organizations with overlapping or complementary missions, audiences or services into one organization to increase organizational efficiency and mission-related outcomes. 

Eligible Program Costs:

  • Legal fees
  • Marketing/branding
  • Organizational development planning
  • Consultant or facilitator fees
  • Meeting expenses

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for funding is determined based on due diligence and assessment of the following:
- Provide your organizational Non-Discrimination Policy meeting all federal requirements as it applies to your type of organization
- Align with the Community Foundation’s Anti-Hate policy
- Serve Lancaster County residents without discrimination
- 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
- Complete IRS Form 990 Annually
- 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

Please note the Community Foundation will not typically fund:
- Creation of a 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

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted at any time until December 1, 2022, or until available funding is exhausted.

Contact Community Foundation staff (Dave Koser) to set up a meeting to discuss your interest in submitting an application. If staff determines it is a good fit for the program, they will give the organization an access code to apply online.

Community Foundation staff will review and comment on application drafts. Application drafts should be submitted through the grant portal.

Decisions are typically reached within 4-6 weeks of application submission.

Consult with staff if you have other ideas for spending the funds.

Application Process and Timelines: https://www.lancfound.org/application-process-and-timeline/

Eligibility Requirements: https://www.lancfound.org/eligibility-requirements/

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests of up to $20,000 will be considered. The Community Foundation may consider offering partial funding of any given request.

Term of Contract:

Typically grants last for one year, but a longer duration would be considered for special circumstances.

Contact Information:

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