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The Foundation for Enhancing Communities

To learn about the many TFEC grant opportunities available to your nonprofit organization, we recommend that applicants begin by reviewing the overview of our current grant opportunities on the website. To access the full grant guidelines and application for any grant opportunity,  click “Learn More.” The information below is presented as an overview of our current opportunities, timelines, service areas, and funding priorities.  TFEC grant guidelines and application materials are available annually through 1 of 2 grant cycles with deadlines of February 1 and August 1. We invite you to explore the grant opportunities, project dates and deadlines below We look forward to your application!

Arts for All Partnership

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: Programs designed to integrate cultural appreciation in the everyday lives of underserved audiences; most interested in proposals that will increase access to the arts.

Children’s Home Foundation Fund

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: Providing aid to economically disadvantaged children by supporting human services, especially programs which address needs for food, clothing and shelter; education; and cultural enrichment and the arts.

Emerging Philanthropist Program

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: The Emerging Philanthropist Program (EPP) seeks to engage Harrisburg’s emerging business and community leaders with the great possibilities for philanthropy in Harrisburg.

Franklin County Community Foundation

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: This opportunity also encourages applications that focus upon: programs & projects in the field of music & the arts; health services with particular emphasis on cancer; services for the in-need, elderly, & people with special needs; programs that benefit children with special needs or accessibility needs; and programs & projects that focus upon or nurture access to early childhood education.

Family & Children’s Services of Lebanon County Fund

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: Social service agencies in support of projects which serve families and children.

Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation Benjamin Franklin Trust Fund

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: Programs and services that work to increase the knowledge, quality of life, or inspire positive outcomes for individuals and families living in the service area of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Mifflin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties, and/or the Dillsburg area of York County.

Greater Harrisburg Community Foundation UPstream

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: GHF UPstream seeks to improve our area communities by supporting existing or new “upstream” systems, interventions, programs, or projects that attempt to create positive social change by addressing a problem at its source rather than managing its “downstream” symptoms.

Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: Youth and family oriented programs and services that are consistent with the mission of the applicant organization.

Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: MACF seeks to fund programs and services that have the potential for the greatest impact on the quality of life and positive outcomes for individuals and families living in the Mechanicsburg area.

Palmer Family Foundation Fund

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: Introduced in 2019, The Palmer Family Foundation Fund, a fund of TFEC offers an annual competitive grant opportunity to any nonprofit visual or performing arts organization located in Franklin County for programs and/or projects that support the arts in Franklin County, PA.

Perry County Community Foundation

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: This opportunity encourages applications that focus upon: substance abuse prevention & treatment; mental health services; programs for young people in Perry County; and programs & projects that focus upon or nurture access to early childhood education.

The Kids Trust Fund

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: Programs and services for young children who are living with physical or emotional abuse, or neglect.

The Fund For Women & Girls

-FUNDING PRIORITIES: Programs and projects that advance the lives of girls and women by providing opportunities to develop economic self-sufficiency, provide health programs for women and girls, or promote the education of women and girls. The Women’s Fund seeks to broaden awareness of and response to issues affecting women and girls through the power of collective philanthropy in the South Central PA counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry, and the Dillsburg Area.

  • Phone: 717-236-5040
  • Priorities: Various
  • Typical Gift Range: Various
  • Funding Deadlines: Various
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United Way of Lancaster County

Women United is an affinity group for United Way of Lancaster County. This grant opportunity is to better the lives of Lancaster County women by promoting financial stability through further education and increased financial literacy.

The objective of the 2021-2022 grant is to better the lives of Lancaster County women by promoting women’s education initiatives (technical and employment skills). The grant period will start July 1, 2021 and end June 30, 2022.

Eligibility: Eligibility for funding will be determined based on the assessment of the following:

1) Services must be located in Lancaster County and benefit Lancaster County women over the age of 18;

2) Services must align with grant objective (listed above);

3) Organizations or Lead fiscal agents meet the following requirements:

a. Current 501(c)3 designation from IRS

b. Registered with the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations unless otherwise exempt

c. IRS Form 990

d. W-9 Form

e. Annual audit or financial review by an independent CPA within last 12 months

f. Abide by a non-discrimination policy

g. Comply with United Way’s Patriot Act policy

Funds Available:
Up to $60,000 available
Grants range from $20,000 – $30,000
  • Phone: 717-824-8120
  • Priorities: Bettering lives of Lancaster County women by promoting financial stability through further education and increased financial empowerment
  • Typical Gift Range: 20,000-30,000
  • Funding Deadlines: Early May
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Valentine Foundation

In keeping with our mission to fund social change for women and girls, the Valentine Foundation has adopted four of the Women’s Funding Network’s Indicators of Social Change to structure its grantmaking. These Indicators provide a powerful tool for Valentine Foundation Trustees to review grant requests. Equally as important, the Indicators offer a framework through which grantees can assess their social change impact. By applying the Indicators to our grantmaking, the Valentine Foundation becomes an even more influential agent for social change for women and girls.

I. Grant applicants have to demonstrate how their organization, or the program or project for which they are requesting a grant, will contribute to social change for women and girls through one (or more) of these Indicators of Social Change:

  • Shift in Definitions
    The issue is defined differently in the community or society.
  • Shift in Engagement
    People in the community or larger society are more engaged.
  • Shift in Policies
    An institutional, organizational or legislative policy or practice has changed.
  • Current Position Maintained
    Past gains have been maintained (in the face of backlash or resistance).

II. Applicants can apply for general operating support, or for support for a specific program, project or initiative.

III. Applicants can apply for single year or multi-year grants. Multi-year grants will be awarded for a period of up to three consecutive years. We do not limit the number of consecutive years that a grantee can receive funding. Applicants who are applying for the first time are not eligible for multi-year funding.

IV. The maximum amount awarded is $15,000, with most grants in the range of $7,000–$10,000; for multi-year grants, the maximum is $15,000 a year for up to three years ($45,000). Trustees reserve the right to fund requests in whole or in part. There is no guarantee that applicants, if awarded a grant, will receive the full amount of their request.

  • Phone: 610-525-7200
  • Priorities: Organizations that contribute to social change for women and girls
  • Typical Gift Range: 7,000-10,000
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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.


The NRN does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, natural origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age or disabled status in any of our programs or activities.

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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