Racial Equity Fund

Grant Opportunities

For Grant Seekers Grant Programs Racial Equity Fund Grant Program

York County Community Foundation (YCCF) is pleased to announce the launch of the Racial Equity Fund Grant Program which will focus on “shifting the paradigm of equitable opportunities.”

The Racial Equity Fund Committee comprised of community leaders of color designed the grant program.  The committee seeks to support projects that address issues of racism and inequity in our community so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive.

The Racial Equity Fund will offer grants up to $10,000 each for projects that seek to address equity gaps for communities of color in the following areas:

  • Education and job readiness
  • Criminal justice system
  • Community leadership and development
  • Income and wealth creation
  • Racial and cultural education
  • Health and wellness

To download and print an application or to view materials from the virtual information session, including the presentation, click HERE and scroll to the Racial Equity Fund section towards the bottom of the page.

To qualify for a grant, nonprofits or individuals must be working directly with people of color, with a preference for projects that are led by people of color.

Important Dates for 2022 Grant Cycle 

Monday, August 1, 2022 Grant cycle opens
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 Grant cycle closes


Grants will be reviewed and recommended by the Racial Equity Fund Committee.  Committee members are available to answer questions before grant submission at  and YCCF staff will assist applicants with the application process.  Individuals who are not associated with a nonprofit organization should contact the committee to discuss their project, including how to obtain a fiscal sponsor, with a committee member.

To speak with a committee member regarding your idea for a grant, please email [email protected].

If you have technical questions such as how to complete the application or how to create an account, please contact Roth Preap, Grants Program Associate, at [email protected].

Grant decisions for this fund will be made by a committee of volunteer community members. This new committee also determined the purpose, parameters, process for grant selections and will evaluate and select grant recipients.

Committee Members:

Lisa Kennedy – Family Peer Support Specialist, York County Department of Human Services and York City School Board Director
Timothy Warfield – Chairman, PA Community Development & Finance Corp.; member of the YCCF Board of Directors; and retired from the National Association for State Community Services Programs.
Natalee C. Gunderson – VP of Human Resources, York Water Company
Jamiel Alexander – CEO of E5 Enterprises and Aspen Institute: Forum For Community Solutions Youth Led Change Program Manager
José Santiago – Director, YMCA New American Welcome Center
Kim Brister – Vice President, Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer
Delores Penn – Educational Consultant; retired from the School District of the City of York

YCCF created the Racial Equity Fund in 2020 to establish a dedicated grant program to support meaningful, positive action towards addressing racial inequities in our community.  Additional contributions are being sought to sustain an endowment so that meaningful grants are distributed every year.

For more information on the Racial Equity Fund including how to donate, please visit:

Adrian N. Buckner, MBA, MPP
Vice President of Grants and Community Engagement
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer