Through our grantmaking, we invest in local community benefit organizations (CBO’s) that increase the quality of life for Lancaster County residents. To learn more about our specific grant opportunities for 2016, CLICK HERE!


Register for Info Meetings

Registration is open for several info meetings!

Eligibility Requirements

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

Resources for Grant Applicants and Partners


Applications Due May 19, 2016; Award Date July 21, 2016


Applications Due July 19, 2016; Award Date September 22, 2016


Applications Due September 22, 2016; Award Date November 10, 2016

BB&T Economic Growth Fund

FUND PURPOSE:  To improve the standard of living and economic health of Lancaster County through business attraction and incubation, industrial growth, and creation of sustainable/thriving wage jobs for residents of Lancaster County.

FIRST CYCLE 2016 (Now closed)

Applications Due March 31, 2016; Award Date May 19, 2016


In 2016, 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.

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 2016-17

For the 2016-17 school year, our general scholarship program consists of the five 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)
  5. George W. McKibbin Scholarship (for African-American students attending all schools in Lancaster County).


Important Application Information: The application deadline of January 15, 2016 for the 2016-17 school year is fast approaching!

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


School-Specific Scholarships 2016-17

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