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Farm & Home Foundation Of Lancaster County

The Farm and Home Foundation encourages higher education for Lancaster County youth by offering scholarships each year to students beginning their freshman year of college and majoring in fields of agriculture, family living, and consumer sciences.

Each scholarship is worth $1,000 per year, renewable for up to four years, and may be used for tuition, fees, or room and board at any accredited educational institution which offers the required majors. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and financial need.

Funds for these scholarship are made possible from earned income from the Elmer L. Esbenshade irrevocable Trust and budgeted income of the Farm and Home Foundation. The late Mr. Esbenshade was one of the founders of the Farm and Home Foundation. Since its inception, the Esbenshade Trust has funded 503 scholarships totaling over $678,000.

  • Phone: 717-392-4911
  • Priorities: Promoting the advancement of agriculture and family living in local communities through education, leadership development and conservation.
  • Typical Gift Range: $1000 per year, renewable for up to four years
  • Funding Deadlines: Mid-April
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Ferree Foundation

The Ferree Foundation, one of the Ware Family Foundations, is dedicated to promoting and supporting excellence in arts, culture and history, education, youth engagement, health, human services, and local economic and community development.

The Ferree Foundation is one of four Ware family foundations created in 2004 upon the termination of the Oxford Foundation, which was founded in 1947 by Marian S. and John H. Ware 3rd.

The Ferree Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families through the support of non-profit organizations working in the areas of health, human services, education, arts & culture, the environment, and history.  Priority is given to organizations serving Lancaster City, and County, and to a lesser extent, the surrounding counties in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Ferree Foundation of Lancaster
229 N Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

  • Phone: 717-735-8288
  • Priorities: Special Projects; Endowments; General Operations
  • Typical Gift Range: $3,500 - $65,000
  • Funding Deadlines: Letter of inquiry first; Applications prior to May 31 or November 30
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High Foundation

High Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of people who live and work in Lancaster City, Lancaster County, and other communities in which High companies provide economic investment and employment.

Our objective is to enact positive, systemic change that will last well beyond our lifetimes. We support and champion projects which enable the dignity, diversity, equality, and inclusion of all people and generate beneficial social and environmental impact. The Foundation engages with those sharing a common interest in eliminating poverty and creating a vibrant, thriving city.

In 2018, the Foundation contributed more than $2 million to improve the lives of people who live and work in Lancaster. The work of the Foundation is complemented by charitable giving of the High Companies and concentrates on Education, Health & Human Services, Historic Preservation, Arts & Culture, and Social Enterprise.

By helping to fund programs such as the Boys & Girls Club of Lancaster, Children Deserve a Chance Foundation, Spanish American Civic Association, and Water Street Mission, the community has seen significant progress through High Foundation’s donations. The Foundation also has a scholarship program benefiting the children of High co-workers, with more than $600,000 awarded since 1983.

Grant applications can be made by any non-political, non-profit 501(c)(3). Apply here.

  • Phone: 717-293-4498
  • Priorities: Education, Arts & Culture, Health & Human Services, Environmental Stewardship, Historic Preservation, Social Enterprise
  • Typical Gift Range: $500 - $50,000
  • Funding Deadlines: October 1
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James S. Herr Foundation

Herr Food’s is deeply committed to supporting organizations throughout the world that help people live more productive, spiritually-enriched lives. Herr Foods Inc. is committed to local outreach in the community.  To support your cause or to help you lighten the burden of others, Herr’s offers snacks at a reduced price for non profit events and fundraisers.

To submit a written request for consideration, fill out this document.

Product Donation Requests should be forwarded to:

Organizations A-M:

Maryann Tice
P. 610-932-6415
F. 610-998-2936

Organizations N-Z:

Sarah Mckinney
Phone: (610) 932-6421
Fax: 610-998-2936

All requests must be submitted in writing and received a minimum of 3 weeks prior to your event. Email communication is preferred.

  • Phone: 610-932-9330 | Fax: 610-932-1190
  • Priorities: Donates Products; Sponsors Events
  • Typical Gift Range: $1,000 - $35,000
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John Crain Kunkel Foundation

The John Crain Kunkel Foundation sees equal value in all lives. And so we are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all individuals within the State of Pennsylvania. In furtherance of that goal, the John Crain Kunkel Foundation supports religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and primarily within Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon, Perry and Juniata Counties. Grants will be considered to charities and institutions outside Pennsylvania, such as Yale University, so long as they serve in part an area, persons or communities within the Commonwealth.

Notification Date: By December 15th

Mailing Address:
5000 Ritter Road, Suite 202
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Email: info@kunkelfoundation.org

  • Phone: 717-902-9817
  • Priorities: Supports religious, chartiable, scientific, literary and educational purposes within the Common Wealth of PA and primarily within Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon, Perry and Juniata Counties
  • Funding Deadlines: January 1st through September 1st
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The Nonprofit Resource Network (NRN) provides this short list of grant makers located in the South Central PA Region. Our purpose is to provide a quick glimpse of what you need to know before approaching these organizations for funding: 1) Funding Priorities; 2) Application Deadlines and 3) Typical Gift Range. Clicking on any one of our entries will take you directly to that grant maker’s website.


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Thus, though we include all grant makers that meet our posting criteria, we do not endorse or assume responsibility/liability for the any of their funding policies.

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