York County Community Foundation Awards $102,000 in Grants for Education, Workforce Development and Downtown and Neighborhood Revitalization

York County Community Foundation Awards $102,000 in Grants for Education, Workforce Development and Downtown and Neighborhood Revitalization

York, PA — Twelve programs designed to improve the quality of life in York County are the newest recipients of grants from the York County Community Foundation’s (YCCF) Fund for York County, Beautiful York Program Fund, and Children’s Program Fund.

“These twelve grants represent the legacies of community members who wanted to make York County a wonderful place to live,” said Jane M. Conover, President and CEO of YCCF. “Each of these grants will impact the lives of residents of our county and make York County a more vibrant community.”

The Fund for York County is the foundation’s fund for high-impact initiatives that support quality education, workforce development and revitalizing downtowns and neighborhoods. It is comprised of nearly 60 funds created by generous donors, designated to meet the community’s most pressing needs.

Additional funds that advised grants recently include the Beautiful York Fund, which helps to assure that the beauty of York City lasts forever. The Children’s Program Fund is a field of interest fund for programs that improve the lives of York County’s children.

YCCF Fund for York County Grants:

$20,000 to York Habitat for Humanity for Chestnut Street Construction Project Phase I. York Habitat for Humanity is constructing 14 hew homes for low-income ownership and will perform 10 to 15 critical home repairs on the 700 block of Chestnut Street in York, PA.

$2,301 to Just 4 Today Sober Living for Recovery Guidelines and Expectations for Success program. Just 4 Today Sober Living individuals entering recovery-housing programs will have clearly stated guidelines and information to become productive members of the community and workforce.

$20,000 to York County Rail Trail Authority for Rail Acquisition: Hanover to Spring Grove and Bair. The York County Rail Trail Authority is acquiring 8.5 miles of dormant rail corridor to advance the development of the Hanover Trolley Trail and revitalization of Hanover and Spring Grove downtown districts.

$5,700 to Diakon for Kinship Support Group, a support group for children who have been removed from their biological parents, often as a result of abuse or neglect.

$6,000 to Philanthropic Endeavors, fiscal sponsor for Studio 117, for A’s Get Beatz. York City students will be eligible for free studio time as an incentive for consistent school attendance and good grades, with the goal of instilling good habits.

$6,000 to The Grotto Community Center for The Grotto Community Center Launch. The Grotto will provide a creative hub and working space in the community for creatives and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds, skill sets and stages of their careers. It will offer a variety of services designed to spark creativity and innovation including coworking, business development workshops, and community engagement to support the resurging gig economy in York.


YCCF Beautiful York Program Fund Grants:

$13,500 to Downtown Inc. for Downtown Pole Banners with New Destination Branding. To effectively promote Downtown York’s new destination brand, current pole banners will be replaced with new “Historically Edgy” branded banners to enhance visitors’ experience.

YCCF Children’s Program Fund Grants:

$4,683 to Children’s Home of York for Independent Living Program at George Street program. The Independent Living Program at George Street is a community-based, residential program that serves dependent and delinquent males ages 15 to 21 from counties throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

$6,000 to Central Penn Food Bank for Making Breakfast a part of the School Day: School Breakfast Outreach in York County program. This program aims to increase school breakfast participation through targeted outreach and interventions in high-need school districts, as recommended by a project to evaluate the charitable food system in York County, entitled A Seat at the Table. This initiative is one of the first in the Commonwealth to implement the strategies identified in Governor Wolf’s Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA.

$6,000 to Accountability for Life (AFL) for Mentoring Program. AFL mentors at-risk adolescents using an athletics-based platform that builds the character and self-worth necessary to chart a successful course in life.

$6,000 to York County Libraries for York County Libraries Sensory Story Time program. Sensory Story Time will help children learn and engage in innovative ways using sensory-focused activities to supplement the early literacy benefits of traditional library story times.

$6,000 to Family First Health for Kids Against Cavities program. Kids Against Cavities is a dental outreach program that meets kids where they are, at their school or daycare, to provide necessary oral health care. The grant will provide funding for necessary dental equipment for the program.


The following funds make up the Fund for York County:

Anstine Family Fund for York County

Barbara F. Appell Fund for York County

Louis J. and Josephine D. Appell Fund for York County

Edith Allen Barber Fund

Marie G. Baumeister Fund

Alma J. Beck Fund for York County

Former Judge Albert G. Blakey III Memorial Fund for York County

The Bon-Ton Stores Foundation Fund

Ralph and Charlotte Brooks Fund

Alice Marie and Michael Boustead Fund for York County

Clair S. and Mary S. Buchart Fund for York County

Lester L. Buchart Fund

CGA Law Firm Fund for York County

Chairmen Emeriti Fund for York County

Jane Conover and Steven Izzo Fund for York County

Linda and Dave Davidson Fund for York County

Louise S. Deane Fund

Philip B. Deane Fund

Robert W. Erdos Fund for York County

Marsha Everton & Jack Stover Fund for York County

Mary Lou Frick Fund for York County

Charles and Adaline Frysinger Fund

Rodger K. Furse Fund

Michael L. and Catherine A. Gleim Fund for York County

Bernard and Doris Gordon Fund for York County

Grace UCC Endowment Fund for York County

M. S. Grumbacher Foundation Fund

Bill and Reenie Hartman Fund for York County

Hodges Family Fund

Dolores E. and Ernest O. Horn, Jr. Fund

Donna B. Jones Fund for York County

Kerlin Family Fund for York County

Robert and Anne Kinsley Fund

Loren and Faye Kroh Fund for York County

Drs. George and Lois Kushner Fund

Lori and Michael Mitrick Family Fund for York County

Frank and Susanne Motter Fund

Raymond L. Ness Fund for York County

Michael and Eloise Newsome Fund for York County

Tom and Joan Norris Fund for York County

Ray Rife Charitable Fund – FFYC portion

Paul and Lori Rudy Family Fund for York County

Michael and Judy Rutter Fund

Charles and Louise Sawmiller Fund

George and Josephine Schmidt Fund for York County

Sue C. and John C. Schmidt Fund

Ralph Serpe and Bryan Tate Fund for York County

Phil and Kay Sheridan Fund for York County

Rick and Carol Smith Community Endowment Fund

Charles E. & Berdella Emig Snyder Memorial Fund

Joan F. and David E. Stauffer Jr. Fund for York County

Carolyn Eyster Steinhauser Fund for York County

Eugene C. Struckhoff Fund

Donald A. and Gretchen Wolf Swartz Fund for York County

Harriet R. Venus Fund for York County

Mary Ellen Venus Fund for York County

Joseph G. and Susan G. Wagman Fund for York County

Fred A. and Naomi K. Werner Fund

Roland M. and Lillian R. Whitmire Fund for York County

Roy and Margaret Williams Fund for York County

Wolf Foundation Fund

Thomas and Frances Wolf Fund for York County

William T. and Cornelia W. Wolf Fund for York County

York Water Company Fund for York County

John and Kathryn Zimmerman Fund for York County


The following funds make up the Children’s Program Fund:

W. L. Cook and Jeannette B. Cook Fund

Flo A. Rider Children’s Fund

G. Stuart and Margaret A. Rohler Fund

James Sadler & Catherine Halsted Fund

May D. MacBride Fund

National Leasing Company Fund

Shearer Industrial Supply Company Fund

York Penn Machinery Company Fund

Wolf Foundation Fund – Standing Advice

Philip A. and Elizabeth J. Hoover Fund