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Fund for York County Grant Opportunities

The Fund for York County is the foundation’s fund to address the needs of a changing York County. This Fund’s focus areas are: Education, Workforce Development and Downtown or Neighborhood Revitalization.

There are two types of grant programs within the Fund for York County: Competitive and Partnership grants.

Competitive Grants

Competitive grants are open to any qualified nonprofit interested in pursuing a grant in the Fund’s focus areas. Fund for York County competitive grant awards have a maximum amount of either $6,000 (for small competitive grants that impact only the outcomes we seek to address) or $20,000 (for impact competitive grants that impact both the outcomes we seek to address, as well as have a significant impact on the indicators we use). Click here for examples of our different funding levels.

Important dates:

  • December 8    Competitive grant cycle opens
  • March 9          Grant applications due
  • March 12         Nonprofit vetting (best practice in the field to confirm NPO’s organizational capacity)
  • March 19         YCCF staff reads grants
  • April 9              YCCF staff meets to discuss grants; compile questions and clarifications
  • April 11            Questions emailed to applicants
  • April 23           Second draft of grant applications, with questions answered, due
  • April 24            Grants are sent to YCCF’s Distribution Committee’s volunteer grant readers
  • May 15            Volunteers’ initial ratings of grants are due to YCCF
  • May 17            Volunteers discuss grants; recommend grants to be funded
  • June 7              YCCF board meets and ratifies recommendations
  • June 8              Award announcements emailed/mailed to NPOs
  • June 20            Meetings with YCCF staff begin, signing grant contracts, receiving grant checks

Partnership Grants

In general, large-scale programs designed to address a critical community issue are more likely to be eligible for partnership grant funding, especially if they are developed in partnership with YCCF and designed in partnership with collaborating nonprofits. Partnership grants have the highest bar to get funded and a flexible cap for funds awarded.

Key components of partnership grants

  1. Larger grant, perhaps requiring longer timeframe and/or multiyear funding.
  2. Will be broad in scope, e.g., not a single school population but an entire sector. Examples include collaborative programs to reduce the rate of low birthweight babies throughout York City; foster county-wide economic prosperity; address the housing shortage for low-income seniors; or foster economic and community development in Delta.
  3. Typically, will be a new approach, or will have nonprofits working together in new ways.
  4. YCCF’s level of engagement will be high throughout process.

Click here to access our online grant application system

Read our eligibility requirements

York County Community Foundation

14 West Market Street, York, PA 17401
717-848-3733 (York) | 717-630-1843 (Hanover) | 717-854-7231 (Fax) |
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