Recent Grants

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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.


Fund for York County 

Workforce – $6,000

  • New Hope Ministries for a Workforce Development Integrated Marketing Campaign. The campaign will bring awareness to this valuable, free, lifechanging workforce development program for low-income northeastern York County residents. 

Education – $92,685

  • Communities in Schools of PA to provide operational and organizational support for CIS in the School District of the City of York
  • Child Care Consultants, Inc. for Parents as Teachers. This national, evidence-based early childhood home visiting program builds upon parent and caregiver skills and focuses on specific stresses faced by the children and family to narrow the achievement gap between children living in poverty and those who aren’t.
  • Accountability for Life for group transportation to program activities for at-risk adolescents. 
  • Diakon Child Family & Community Ministries for Fostering Success, a foster families support group. 
  • Leg Up Farm to add hydroponics education to the Able Services horticulture program.
  • Hanover Area YMCA for the Early Learning Center Literacy Program, which focuses on providing young learners with quality language and literacy materials and an enriched language arts curriculum with a focus on hands-on-learning.
  • Byrnes Health Education Center for digital health education to help more students gain knowledge to make better, healthier choices for themselves in a safe way during COVID-19.
  • United Way of York County for to expand FOCUS reading initiatives, including Early Literacy Read to Me Challenge, Early Literacy 100 Book Challenge, and Reading Ready Corners.
  • YMCA of York and York County to purchase high-quality items for the YMCA’s child development programs at its downtown York location and others.
  • Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania for a Graduation Coach at William Penn High School to work with juniors and seniors to provide individualized pathways to graduation and beyond.
  • Young Thinkers of York, Inc. for the GEAR (Gaining Early Access to Robotics) Project, which uses robotics and engineering activities and projects to prepare our York City students for a lifetime of interest in science and technology.

Downtown/Neighborhood $9,000

  • Rotary Club of York received a grant to restore York City’s Kiwanis Lake to improve water quality and safety 
  • Mason-Dixon Business Association to host Town Talks 

Other – $137,500

  • COVID-19 Response Fund lead gift from YCCF’s Fund for York County. The Fund initially focuses on providing grants to the nonprofits with the greatest capacity to provide food and shelter to the most vulnerable residents of York County.
  • Give Local York for a Stretch Pool for YCCF Endowment Partners 
  • The Lenfest Institute for Journalism for Spotlight PA. Spotlight PA, in partnership with PA Post, connects Pennsylvanians to their state with non-partisan, fact-based accountability journalism distributed statewide.
  • WITF, Inc. for the PA Post Initiative. The initiative is a digital news organization, created a team built on their partnership with Spotlight PA to focus on the state government’s response. The team includes five reporters and an editor. 
  • Leave A Legacy York County to be a Lead Partner  to inspire people to make a charitable bequest.  

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – $187,024

  • CASA for a workforce development program expansion that will bring to York CASA’S award-winning model for addressing the workforce needs of the Latino and immigrant community. 
  • Crispus Attucks Association to support Sojourn: Travelers of Color-Destination York City, PA. Sojourn is a movement to attract travelers of color to York City using digital and traditional marketing platforms. Truthful content is developed to highlight unique travel adventures and businesses that are welcoming and safe.
  • YWCA York  for a Confronting Racism Coalition Retreat. At the retreat, the group identified how it will move forward in addressing systemic racism in York County.  The retreat helps the community-led volunteer group to reset and identify 2-3 systems of racism and oppression that exist in the community and commit to developing a community plan for each. 

Fund for Embracing Aging – $114,051

  • Servants, Inc. for the Home Helps Program to repair older adults’ homes in order to keep them safely in their homes as they age. 
  • Albright Care Services for The Creative Place at Normandie Ridge to provide seniors with meaningful, process-oriented art projects to stimulate the brain.
  • Golden Connection Community Center, Inc. for a memory care family support program.
  • Susquehanna Folk Music Society to increase accessibility for older adults at the Susquehanna Folk Music Festival.
  • WellSpan Health to address disparity in fall prevention efforts.
  • Windy Hill Senior Center for Functional Movement Training for older adults to empower them to move well and often in an individualized exercise setting to improve overall health and wellness.
  • York City Parks Conservancy for Pal’s Park, an 1-acre off-leash dog park along the Rail Trail in the heart of York City.
  • Hospice & Community Care for a community initiative to strengthen end-of-life care in York County with a goal of increasing palliative, hospice and bereavement care utilization and enhance quality of life of York citizens facing serious illness.
  • York County Food Bank for the expansion of its Senior Food Box Program to include home delivery services for those who have no way to retrieve the box at a separate location.
  • Crispus Attucks Association for an Embracing Cultural Diversity: Spanish-American Multicultural Resource Center (SAMRC) and Crispus Attucks York Active Living Center (ALC) Partnership to help aging adults learn, network and empower each other while enhancing their quality of life by celebrating our society’s diversity.
  • PennCares Support Services for Older Adults and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Miniseries Training Program that focuses on how older adults raising grandchildren can learn the generational differences they will endure together, including professionals gaining insight.

Doris E. Schwartz Education Fund – $34,000

  • School District of the City of York for the First 10 Initiative, Phase 1. This project brings together the School District of the City of York, early childhood programs, and health and social service agencies in a partnership to improve outcomes for children and families. 
  • William Trout Funds for Red Lion Area School District for a dental hygiene program for students.

Walter B. Loucks—Bose Fund & Charlotte R. Langione Fund – $10,000

  • Cultural Alliance of York County for Artist Professional Development. The Artist Professional Development grant serves to provide support for York County artists looking to elevate their art practice and career. 

Temporary Fund – $9,924

  • Northeast Neighborhood Association to support their Neighborhood Improvement Plan. The community would like to have an improved neighborhood to increase the awareness of protecting and improving homes because improved homes can improve community involvement. 

Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Endowment Fund – $1,765

  • York County Agricultural Society for maintenance of the Viet Nam Memorial 

Inspiring H.O.P.E Playground Endowment Fund – $1,263

  • Manchester Township to maintain the Inspiring HOPE Playground equipment