Thorough our grantmaking, we invest in local community benefit organizations (CBOs) that increase the quality of life of Lancaster County residents. To learn more about our specific grant opportunities, please review our 2015 Program & Grant Opportunities Guide.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for funding is determined based on due diligence and assessment of the following:


Applications Due April 2, 2015; Award Date: May 21, 2015

Applications will be posted in February, 2015.

Info Meetings – February 26 at the Community Foundation. Register at Eventbrite–see info sheets for each program for more info.



Applications Due May 21, 2015; Award Date July 16, 2015

Applications will be posted in February, 2015.


Applications Due July 21, 2015; Award Date September 17, 2015

Applications will be available in March, 2015.

Info Meetings – Snyder: March 23 at the Community Foundation

Long-Term – March 25 at the Community Foundation.


Applications Due September 24, 2015; Award Date November 12, 2015

Applications will be available in Spring, 2015.

Info Meetings for Social Enterprise and Creative Solutions: May 27. (See info sheets for details.)

Ongoing Grants 2015

Applications & Award Dates: Rolling

Extraordinary Give 2015

Info Meetings: August 25, 2015 (Registration to open Spring 2015)

New to Extraordinary Give: 9 AM

Returning to Extraordinary Give: 10:30 AM

Early Registration Deadline: September 1

Registration Deadline: October 1

2015 Extraordinary Give: November 20, 2015

Resources for Grant Applicants and Partners


In 2015, the Community Foundation is offering two unique fellowship programs–one for individuals and one for organizations. Explore the info below to learn all about these amazing opportunities.

Baldwin Fellowship

The Baldwin Fellowship Program is a personal and professional development program for community benefit leaders in Lancaster County. The program honors former board director Reverend John R. Baldwin for his outstanding 20 years of service to the Community Foundation.

Organizational Fellowship Program

Through the Organizational Fellowship Program, we strive to build strong sustainable community benefit organizations that use creative solutions to increase financial stability and quality of life in our community.



Our scholarships connect generous donors with enterprising students. We offer both general scholarships and school-specific scholarships.

General Scholarships for 2015-16

For the 2015-16 school year, our general scholarship program consists of the four funds listed below.   Please call 507.931.0414 for more information about our general scholarship program.

  1. James R. Buescher Memorial Scholarship Fund (for students pursuing a career related to creative writing).
  2. Joseph and Claudine Hess Scholarship Fund (available to students attending all schools in Lancaster County).
  3. Albert S. Rosman Scholarship Fund (available to students attending Conestoga Valley High School).
  4. Charles W. Shoff Scholarship Fund (available to students attending all schools in Lancaster County planning a course of study in Geology, Medicine, Agriculture, Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Drafting)

Important Application Information: The application for the 2015-16 school year is now past due, as of January 15, 2015.  Next year’s application will be made available in August or September, 2015.  You will have the option of filling out the form on your computer or by hand. Please note, however, that you will not be submitting the application electronically. After you have successfully completed the application, we ask that you print it, sign it, and mail a copy to the address found on the last page of document. Before you fill out the form, please take a moment to review the criteria for eligibility, and carefully read the application instructions. If you have questions regarding the scholarship program, you may call 507.931.0414. View last year’s application.

School-Specific Scholarships 2015-16

Students attending the schools below  who are interested in learning more about these scholarships and obtaining application materials are encouraged to contact their school’s guidance or financial aid department and inquire about the fund listed.

1. Garden Spot High School (John H. Gehr Fund)
2. Lampeter-Strasburg High School (Frank A. Wint Memorial Fund)
3. Millersville University (Nathan Schaeffer Scholarship Fund)
*Applicants must be currently enrolled at MU in an education program