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Community Foundation distributes grants promoting equity, community-building

The Lancaster County Community Foundation this week announced 14 grant awards to 13 organizations totaling just over $300,000.

The grants, ranging from $1,700 to $25,000, focused primarily on two foundation initiatives: Community Bridge Builders, promoting projects “that seek to bring divided groups into harmony,” and Cultivating Beloved Community, which “fosters transformational growth and community impact through equity practices.”

They follow a round of 14 grants earlier this summer that also provided a little over $300,000 to 13 community organizations.

Last month, the foundation announced its Shaping Tomorrow initiative, a $1 million one-time grant program commemorating the organization’s 100th anniversary in 2024.

The newly announced grant awards are as follows:

  • Advoz Mediation & Restorative Practices: $25,000 to implement a diversity, equity and inclusion initiative.
  • Assets: $25,000 to facilitating community conversations and ongoing exploration of barriers faced by underserved entrepreneurs.
  • Bethany Christian Services of Central PA: $25,000 for equine-assisted therapy for 15 women.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster: $1,700 to pilot an orchestra program in partnership with the Columbia School of Music.
  • CASA: $20,000 for voter registration and Get Out the Vote drives focusing on working-class immigrants and people of color.
  • The Common Wheel: $25,000 for the co-op’s expansion into Columbia.
  • Discerning Eye Community Agriculture: $25,000 for a mobile farm market in Lancaster city.
  • Girls on the Run of Lancaster and Lebanon: $10,000 for a new community outreach campaign reaching individuals of all races, ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and athletic abilities.
  • Lancaster Education Foundation: $25,000 for civics and leadership programming to prepare students for college, careers and citizenship.
  • Lancaster Recreation Commission: $25,000 for the Unity Cup soccer tournament.
  • Millersville University Office of Visual & Performing Arts:
  • The Mix: $25,000 for the Stakeholders of the Mix group, a monthly gathering of diverse community partners and supporters.
  • YWCA Lancaster: $25,000 for The Black Artist Waystation.