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.

Our 2015 Program & Grant Opportunities Guide will be available soon. For a PDF of our 2014 Program & Grant Opportunities Guide, click here.

Please join us at Penn Cinemas on February 4, at 3:00 pm, for our annual grant info meeting. We will discuss all grant options for 2015. Register here.


FIRST CYCLE 2015 - Under construction until February

Baldwin Fellowship

Info Meeting: Baldwin Fellowship – February 26, 2 pm; Organizational Fellowship – February 26, 3:30 pm  | Applications Due: April 2, 2015 | Award Date: May 21, 2015

Application will be posted in February, 2015.

SECOND CYCLE 2015 - Under construction until February

THIRD CYCLE 2015 - Under construction until February

Long-Term Creative Solutions Matching Program

  • Info Meeting: March 25, 3:30 pm
  • Registration information coming soon
  • Application available in March
  • Application due July 21
  • Award date September 17

John J. Snyder, Jr. Fund for Historic Preservation

  • Info Meeting in Lancaster: March 23, 3:00 pm
  • Info Meeting in Cumberland Co.: TBD
  • Application available in March
  • Registration information coming soon
  • Application due July 21
  • Award date September 17

FOURTH CYCLE 2015 - Under construction until February

Extraordinary Give 2015

Info Meetings: August 25, 2015 – New to Extraordinary Give 9 AM; Returning to Extraordinary Give 10:30 AM | Early Registration Deadline: September 1 | Registration Deadline: October 1 | Event: November 20, 2015

Eligibility Requirements

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

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 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