Our grant investments go directly to local community benefit organizations that are improving our health and environment, empowering our youth, increasing our access to the arts and strengthening our neighborhoods. Together, we are building a brighter future.

For a PDF of our 2014 Program & Grant Opportunities Guide, click here. For a recording of our 2014 Program & Grant Opportunities program, click here.

Eligibility Requirements

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

Ongoing Grants 2014

Proposals & Award Dates: Rolling


Ah-Ha Competitive Grants & Capacity Building

Info Meeting: May 29 | Proposals Due: September 25 | Award Date: November 13

Apply for a grant by clicking “Login/Register” above.

Extraordinary Give 2014

Info Meetings: August 19 & September 10 | Early Registration Deadline: September 3 | Registration Deadline: October 1 | Event: November 21, 2014

FIRST CYCLE 2014 (Now Closed)

Baldwin Fellowship

Info Meeting: February 27 | Proposals Due: April 3 | Award Date: May 22

SECOND CYCLE 2014 (Now Closed)

Field of Interest Competitive Grants & Capacity Building

Proposals Due: May 22 | Award Date: July 17


We have gone live with Grantee View, our brand new portal for online grant applications!  To use the system, you must register an account.  Once you are registered to use the system, you can login anytime at, then click on “Login/Register” on the top of the page.


FAQ/Help Sheet for Grantee View

THIRD CYCLE 2014 (Now Closed)

Long Term Creative Solutions Matching Program

Info Meeting: March 27 | Proposals Due: July 22 | Notification Date: September 18 | Grant Start Date: January 1, 2015


Resources for Grant Applicants and Partners


The Baldwin Fellowship supports individuals who are creating change in our community for today and tomorrow. Each year, five local leaders receive $5,000 for a self-designed personal & professional growth program.

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.


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 available, and will be due January 15, 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. Apply Here!

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