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United Way of Lancaster County announces ‘Level Up & Launch’ grantees

(Source: United Way of Lancaster County)

(Editor’s Note: Click each organization’s name to read more about it and its Level Up & Launch initiative.)

United Way of Lancaster County has announced the recipients of its inaugural “Level Up & Launch” grants.

Disclosed over the weekend, the nine grantees were selected by an independent committee from more than 40 applications.

They will share $250,000 in “community impact grants,” as follows:

Through Oct. 31, the organizations are being invited to solicit additional funds from community members. United Way of Lancaster County will match donations dollar-for-dollar up to the amount of the original grant.

Thus, for example, if the Lancaster Rec were to raise another $18,500 on its own, it would receive $18,500 more from United Way in addition to the initial grant, for a total of $55,500.

The initiative thus has the potential to leverage up to $750,000: the initial $250,000, another $250,000 in community donations and $250,000 from United Way matching those donations.

“Learning from the success and excellence of the Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Extraordinary Give, we designed United Way’s Level Up and Launch initiative to bring the power of United Way to vetted projects ensuring high levels of equity while giving people choice and expanding people’s dollars with the pre-raised dollar-for-dollar match,” United Way President & CEO Kevin Ressler said in a statement.

The nine selected organizations all focus on one or more of United Way’s priority areas: Health & Wellbeing; Education; and Economic Mobility.

Besides its $18,500 grant, the Lancaster Rec received 15 laptops valued at $10,000, an in-kind donation made to United Way by Irex Contracting Group.

United Way of Lancaster County is planning an in-person event later this summer at which organizations will have a chance to pitch their plans to the public and solicit support.

Donations to the Level Up & Launch initiative are being accepted online at this link.