Level Up & Launch

2023-2024 Level Up & Launch Grants

This year 11 local nonprofits organizations are members of the second cohort of United Way of Lancaster County’s “2023-24 Level Up & Launch” grant program.  

Level Up & Launch 'fellows' are currently in the fundraising phase for their innovative projects, with the matching period ending on October 31st. The funds raised during this phase will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to the amount of their initial grant. United Way has established an online portal for donations, which can be directed towards individual nonprofits or the initiative as a whole. 


2023-24 Level Up & Launch grant fellows are as follows: 

• The Common Wheel ($20,000): Support and expansion of existing programs, including youth apprenticeships and bicycle workshops and “Bikes for All,” which provides bicycles to refugees and low-income adults who face transportation barriers. 

• The Edible Classroom ($25,000): Support for establishing school-based community gardens in School District of Lancaster and Columbia Borough School District. 

• The Factory Ministries ($19,000): Level up an existing Workforce Advocacy (WA) program, which supports lower-income workers to achieve career success. 

• Lancaster County Food Hub ($20,000): Support development of a reentry/reintegration program for clients of the Hub’s overnight and day shelter programs who are exiting mental health treatment, addiction recovery or incarceration. 

• Lancaster LGBTQ+ Coalition ($25,000): Support the expansion of medical and behavioral health clinics and housing services. 

• The Literacy Council of Lancaster Lebanon ($5,000): Underwrite production of videos in a variety of languages so students who speak English as a second language can more easily learn technology skills needed to participate in online classes. 

• Loft Community Partnership ($30,000): Enable purchase of a refrigerated cargo van to pick up food that would otherwise be discarded and distribute it to households in need. 

• Milagro House ($15,000): Support for educational programming, including classroom space rental, purchase of new laptops and hiring an additional part-time teacher. 

• The Mix ($30,000): Expansion of after-school programming to support increased enrollment. 

• Parish Resource Center ($50,000): Launch of a program that will train volunteers to act as “Accredited Representatives” to represent non-citizens before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department Executive Office for Immigration Review. 

• Pennsylvania Furniture Mission ($10,000): Launch of a free-furniture bank to serve residents in southeast and south-central Pennsylvania. 


Check out last year's grantees in the video below.