Our 2016 Grants

YCCF takes very seriously the responsibility of stewarding community funds entrusted to our care by the extraordinary generosity of York County donors. Volunteers and staff vet every grant proposal to strive for the best possible community outcomes. Below is a list of the grants that were awarded in the past year through YCCF's discretionary funds.


We strengthen our county's downtowns by supporting projects that attract residents, business, and visitors.
  • $25,000 to Berks County Community Foundation to conduct study a statewide study on city fiscal crisis
  • $28,500 to City of York for City of York’s Gun Violence Initiative
  • $20,000 to City of York for York City Rail Trail development project
  • $5,125 to Crispus Attucks for the purchase of a new door for the Goodridge Freedom Center
  • $10,000 to Downtown Inc. for Affiliate partnership
  • $10,000 to Downtown Inc. for Market District Security Camera System
  • $2,500 to Downtown Inc. to support Moving Plans Into Action.
  • $10,000 to Mason-Dixon Business Association for a contract with Pennsylvania Downtown Center to continue the progress made towards revitalizing Delta, PA
  • $6,000 to Windsor Borough for surveillance system for Windsor Borough Park
  • $50,000 to York County Industrial Development Authority for Yorktowne Hotel redevelopment.


We help students receive a premier education so they are well-prepared for life and work.

  • $10,000 to Audubon of Pennsylvania for Learn, Explore & Restore: A multidisciplinary education program in York
  • $10,000 to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties for a site-based mentoring program in York City schools
  • $10,000 to Byrnes Health Education Center for The Wake Up Call on Heroin Epidemic in York County
  • $80,000 to Communities in Schools for programs within the School District of the City of York
  • $9,000 to Diakon Child, Family & Community Ministries for employability skills training for at-risk youth
  • $3,500 to Leadership York for Future Leaders of York, FLY Program
  • $4,558 to Leg Up Farm, Inc. for Leading Change Program summer school
  • $10,000 to Logos Academy for an Upper School STEM Initiative
  • $10,000 to Penn-Mar Human Services for Ladder of Excellence program
  • $10,000 to St. John the Baptist Catholic School for The Accelerated Reader and Math program
  • $9,746 to York College of PA to develop an automated greenhouse at Alexander D. Goode Elementary School to serve as a living laboratory for science education
  • $10,000 to York County Alliance for Learning for a Pre-Apprenticeship program
  • $33,333 to York County Libraries for Workforce Development at Salem Square
  • $10,000 to York County Literacy Council to for the Ready for Citizenship program
  • $7,510 to YWCA for YWCA York’s Dream It, Be It Career Support for Girls program.


We expedite grant making to meet important emerging needs throughout the County.  
  • $6,250 to City of York for 2016 Box Lunch Review
  • $500 to City of York for Diversity Dinner
  • $500 to Leave a Legacy for Lead partnership
  • $10,000 to Partnership for Economic Development in York County, Inc. for CEO search
  • $11,646 to The Pennsylvania University for Indicators Research
  • $2,500 to United Way of York County for Building the Future Leaders of York County sponsorship
  • $4,750 to York College for Hackathon sponsorship.


  • $20,000 to Farm & Natural Lands Trust of York County for Continued Priority Preservation Parcel Bargain Sale
  • $6,424 to Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education for the Horn Farm Center Online Farm Store
  • $3,000 to Pennsylvania Citizens For Better Libraries for the One Book One Community author event sponsor ship
  • $10,000 to York Fresh Food Farms for the York Fresh Food Farms' Mobile Produce Market.
  • $8,000 to Chesapeake Conservancy for Supporting Innovative Stormwater Solutions in York County
  • $14,480 to Watershed Alliance of York, Inc. for the Penn State Master Watershed Steward (MWS) Program
  • $24,500 to York County Planning Commission for Section 22 planning grant program.
Embracing Aging
  • $10,000 to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for Eat better today Live better tomorrow program for seniors
  • $10,859 to Downtown Inc for Heritage Rail Trail and Riverfront Park Seating
  • $2,697 to Partnership for Economic Development in York to assess receptivity of York County employers to age smart strategies and best practices
  • $44,000 to Servants, Inc. for Home Helps York Program
  • $3,000 to The Well Family Life Center for the Slice of Life Program
  • $3,000 to White Rose Senior Center, Inc. for Inter-generational technology program
  • $6,550 to Windy Hill Senior Center, Inc. for Inter-generational technology program.
  • $471 to Catholic Harvest Food Pantry for the T-12 Replacement Program
  • $8,547 to Crispus Attucks Association for the T-12 Replacement Program
  • $53 to Dover Township for the T-12 Replacement Program
  • $857 to Friendship Fire Company of Hellam, PA for the T-12 Replacement Program
  • $1,279 to Union Fire Company No. 1 for the T-12 Replacement Program.

Nonprofit Management Assistance
  • $10,000 to Downtown Inc for Downtown Inc Strategic Planning and Executive Director Search
  • $10,000 to Partnership for Economic Development in York for YCEA Strategic Planning and Executive Director Search.
Women’s Giving Circle
  • $5,500 to Cultural Alliance of York County to support free community arts programs
  • $26,000 to Cultural Alliance of York County for Arts Connect Phase II
  • $2,000 to Downtown Inc to fund design, fabrication and install of pedestrian-oriented wayfinding signage along Rail Trail
  • $4,500 to Downtown Inc to refurbish and relocate the iconic cat sculpture from former Art Institute property to Foundry Park
  • $6,000 to United Way of York County for Ready Rosie Program
  • $7,000 to Watershed Alliance of York, Inc for improvements to Downtown York Water Trail, building marked trail, construction info kiosks at park and boat basin
  • $6,000 to York College of Pennsylvania for organizing and underwriting cost of social events at York Revs games and CapLive concert series.

  • $15,000 to Cultural Alliance of York County for York County Visual Arts Assessment
  • $15,000 to County of York for lighting of the York County Judicial Center at 45 N. George St.
  • $5,000 to Downtown Inc for maintenance of public art
  • $20,000 to Downtown Inc for Taste Test: A Pop Up Restaurant Series
  • $46,750 to Downtown Inc for the Continental Square façade Illumination Program
  • $1,000 to Family First Health for Her story. His story. Our History. The AIDS Quilt
  • $103,200 to Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 for York County School District Innovation Lab
  • $5,000 to Partnership for Economic Development in York for Downtown Hanover Beautification Program
  • $16,742 to United Way of York County for Focus on Our Future Program
  • $11,375 to WellSpan Health for Parkinson Physical Activity Program "Movement to Music”
  • $5,473 to York Town Craft Guild for general support.