York County COVID-19 Response Fund

York County COVID-19 Response Fund




In challenging times like these, collaboration, generosity and community are most needed. That’s why York County Community Foundation (YCCF) has established the York County COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with the United Way of York County and other philanthropic partners.

In times of need, York Countians step up to support each other. Right now, our community is seeing unprecedented needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. By working together, York County Community Foundation, the United Way of York County and generous donors across our community can make sure our neighbors don’t go without food or shelter because of the vast economic impact of this outbreak.

There are nonprofit organizations in York County already working to meet the challenges of providing food and shelter for our most vulnerable community members. With additional funding, they can meet the increased and immediate demand for these services.

The York County COVID-19 Response Fund will focus initially on providing grants to the nonprofits with the greatest capacity to provide food and shelter to the most vulnerable residents of York County.  YCCF and United Way staff are coordinating with leaders at York County’s Department of Health and Human Services to identify key organizations that will most effectively meet the needs.  Recognizing that there will be evolving needs over the next months, future phases will identify the mid and longer-term health and economic impacts on residents and the community.  No grant applications are being accepted for this fund. For more information about grants, please see the FAQ’s below.


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Grants Awarded:

The York County Community Foundation (YCCF) and United Way of York County announced the first grants from the York County COVID-19 Response Fund in the amount of $186,095 to eight organizations of various sizes that are providing food to people throughout York County, from Red Lion to Hanover and Delta to York.

  • Catholic Harvest Food Pantry
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
  • Community REACH, Inc.
  • Mason Dixon Community Services
  • New Hope Ministries
  • Northeast Neighborhood Association
  • YMCA of York and York County Southern Community Services
  • York County Food Bank

Read more about the first round of grants here.

On May 11, the York County COVID-19 Response Fund awarded $56,000 in grants to ensure that families can stay in their homes as they experience hardship due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. To date, the fund has raised over $975,000 and awarded $242,000 in grants.

  • Community Progress Council, to provide budget counseling and rental assistance for those whose housing security is impacted by COVID-19. The grant will also support the creation and management of a communications plan to encourage individuals and families to seek assistance with managing their finances during these challenging times.
  • New Hope Ministries, to provide budget counseling and rental assistance for those whose housing security is impacted by COVID-19.
  • PA 211, to implement a focused procedure for connecting York County residents to appropriate resources for housing, utilities and food security, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Read more about the second round of grants here.

On June 4, 2020, a second round of funding was awarded to organizations providing food throughout York County. A combined $34,490 was awarded to:

  • Community REACH
  • The Salvation Army York
  • York Benevolent Association
  • York County Food Bank

Have questions about the fund?

Frequently Asked Questions For Donors


Information for those Seeking Grants from the Fund:

There is currently not an open application process for the York County COVID-19 Response Fund. To be considered for a grant from the COVID-19 Response Fund in the future, please review the information below. Note: We will update the fund information frequently, especially as the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic change rapidly over time. The FAQs below highlight the current focus and restrictions on grant eligibility.

Given the immediate needs within York County, the Fund is currently focused on providing grants to nonprofits whose operations have the greatest capacity to address the basic needs of food and housing for vulnerable populations that are under additional strain due to the pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions for Nonprofits


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