Environmental Funds

Environmental Funds At York County Community Foundation

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Codorus Watershed

The Codorus Watershed fund was established in 2001 and works to develop strategic direction and action plans to build on the work of existing watershed improvement programs and leverage new public and private investment to improve the health and vitality of the Codorus and its environs.


  • June 14, 2022 (Applications submitted by May 31)
  • August 16, 2022 (Applications submitted by August 16)
  • November 15, 2022 (Applications submitted by November 1)

Pre-Construction Funding Stream
Beginning in 2018, the Codorus Watershed Endowment Committee of the York County Community Foundation began to consider grants for stormwater pre-construction costs, such as design, permitting and engineering. Applicants may apply for a grant up to $15,000. This is a continuation of a successful year in 2017 in which the committee awarded $45,000 to York County municipalities for vital stormwater projects that will reduce pollutants in the Codorus Watershed.

Agriculture and Land Preservation

Established with the Robert R. Anderson Family Fund. This also includes the Kristen E. Baylor Memorial and Early and Margaret Brown Family funds.

The Agriculture and Land Preservation fund supports education, study, and research in agriculture to improve farms, farming and land preservation in York County. Current priority areas are strategic land preservation and supporting the economic welfare of farmers.

Agriculture and Land Preservation Committee Schedule

  • June 6, 2022 (Applications submitted by May 27)
  • August 8, 2022 (Applications submitted by July 25)
  • November 7, 2022 (Applications submitted by October 24)

Sustainable Energy

Established with the Charles G. Eyster Family Fund.

The Sustainable Energy Fund provides education and technical assistance to help nonprofit organizations and municipal entities conserve energy and reduce operating costs. The fund is currently exploring large-scale demonstration projects to transform the way York Countians think about energy conservation.

Sustainable Energy Committee Schedule

  • June 16, 2022 (Applications submitted by June 2)
  • August 18, 2022 (Applications submitted by August 4)
  • November 17, 2022 (Applications submitted by November 3)

ACT 129 Matching Program
The York County Community Foundation’s Sustainable Energy Fund is now offering matching grant funds to Pennsylvania’s Act 129 energy saving program. Visit https://energysavepa-business.com/ to learn more about incentives you could earn by making energy-saving upgrades to your facility! The Sustainable Energy Fund will match funds up to $5,000 per project.