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Funding Opportunities

In addition to our Collective Impact grants, United Way of Lancaster County is honored to serve as the grant administrator for the following grant opportunities:

Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

Created in 1983, the Emergency Food & Shelter Program works to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies. The EFSP is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions for funding. Learn more about the possibility of local funding through EFSP.

Pre-K EITC Scholarship Program

United Way of Lancaster County has been approved as a Pre-K Scholarship Organization by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. This designation allows us to deploy business tax credits to provide scholarships for young children in low-income families to Keystone STARS certified, high-quality, Pre-K programs across Lancaster County. 

Rotary Summer Youth Experience

Mini-grants are made available through a Rotary Club of Lancaster and United Way of Lancaster County partnership to programs that offer opportunities for youth to learn and enhance leadership, social and academic skills. Generally, this grant opportunity is open in the spring each year. 

Women United Grant

Women United is an affinity group for United Way of Lancaster County. This grant opportunity is to “invest in the betterment of Lancaster County women” through the vision “achieve impactful change in the healtheducation, and financial stability of Lancaster County women.”

Each year, the grant will rotate through the 3 aspects of Women United’s focus areas, starting last year with promoting financial stability through further education and increased financial empowerment of Lancaster County women. 

"Get Connected. Get Help. - Never have those words, our tagline, meant more to us. The breadth of needs continue to increase as individuals try their best to navigate their new normal during a pandemic. Individuals not needing to seek services before reached out for help, and thankfully, United Way's investment in 211 allowed us to continue to respond, with compassion and empathy, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year."

|Patricia Espinosa-Vargas
Director, PA 211 East