Grants Overview

In 2016, TFEC was pleased to award 123 competitive grants totaling $567,645.00 in grant funds through its regional foundations and special funds. Our available grant opportunities are listed below and we look forward to your application.

How to Apply for a Grant

Review the Grantmaking Guidelines

Grant guidelines and application materials are made available on October 1 or April 1; see grantmaking timelines, service areas, and funding priorities below.

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Submit a Grant Application according to the Grant Guidelines

Application may begin at any time during the open application period; a password is not needed.  In addition, Jennifer Strechay, Program Officer for Community Investment, welcomes your questions and may be reached at 717.236.5040 to discuss a potential project or to assist you with an in-progress application.

Please follow the directions carefully and use the forms provided, as applicable. If you have questions about the guidelines or how to complete your application, contact the Program Officer. Please ensure that all requested materials be submitted with the grant proposal!  As a rule, the Grantmaking Committee makes its decision to fund based on the information provided in the applicant’s written material. At its discretion, the Committee may conduct a site visit, request additional information about your proposal, or defer your request to another grant cycle.

Availability of Technical Assistance

The Program Officer will provide technical assistance in helping you prepare your grant application. A review of your draft documents can be submitted by email and other questions related to the project, budget or other grant related matters, or questions can be discussed by telephone prior to the deadline. Draft review requests should be limited to one review before finalizing your proposals; questions are welcome at any time. Staff will not be able to honor technical assistance requests made later than two weeks prior to the grant submission deadline. No corrections, additions or revisions to your proposal will be accepted at any time after the deadline. TFEC also provides debriefing on proposals that were not funded.

Please direct any questions you may have regarding grantmaking to Jennifer Strechay, Program Officer for Community Investment, at 717.236.5040 or email jstrechay@tfec.org.

Grant Resources

Current Grant Opportunities

Funding Opportunity Grant Timeline Service Area Funding Priority
Arts for All Partnership Application Available: April 1, 2017

Deadline: Aug 1, 2017

For projects taking place: Jan 1, 2018-Dec 31, 2018

Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties, and the Dillsburg Area of Northern York Couty and/or within 20 miles of center city Harrisburg Programs designed to integrate cultural appreciation in the everyday lives of underserved audience; most interested in proposals that will increase access to the arts.
Camp Hill Community Foundation Application Available: Oct 1, 2017

Deadline: Feb 1, 2018

For projects taking place: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

Camp Hill: zip code 17011 Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Environment, and Health & Human Services
The Children’s Home Foundation Fund To Be Announced Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties 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 To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced
Franklin County Foundation Application Available: April 1, 2017

Deadline: Aug 1, 2017

For projects taking place: Jan 1, 2018-Dec 31, 2018

Franklin County Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Environment, and Health & Human Services
Family and Children Services of Lebanon County Application Available: Oct 1, 2017

Deadline: Feb 1, 2018

For projects taking place: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

Lebanon County Social service agencies in support of projects which serve families and children.
Greater Harrisburg Foundation

“Our Challenge for Giving”

Application Available: April 1, 2017

Deadline: Aug 1, 2017

For projects taking place: Jan 1, 2018-Dec 31, 2018

Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties, and the Dillsburg Area of Northern York County.

Grants may also be made to organizations serving Mifflin and Juniata Counties from the Ben Franklin Fund, a fund which specifically benefits organizations in Juniata & Mifflin Counties.

Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Environment, and Health & Human Services
Greater Harrisburg Foundation

Early Childhood Strategic Initiative: Phase Two

LOI Guidelines Available: March 1, 2017

LOI Deadline: April 15, 2017

Full Application Available (for selected applicants only): June 1, 2017

Full Application Deadline: August 1, 2017

For projects taking place: Jan 1, 2018-Dec 31, 2018

Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties, and the Dillsburg Area of Northern York County. Phase Two of the Early Childhood Strategic Initiative is a four year grant that will serve to connect families to early childhood services and resources by ensuring that quality early childhood services and resources exist and are accessible to children and their families, educators, and the greater community.
Greater Harrisburg Foundation

Lenker Fund

To be Announced Millersburg The Lenker Fund is an Area of Interest fund of the Greater Harrisburg Foundation that supports charitable programs benefiting the residents and community of Millersburg, PA.
Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund Application Available: April 1, 2017

Deadline: Aug 1, 2017

For projects taking place: Jan 1, 2018-Dec 31, 2018

Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry Counties Youth and family oriented programs and services that are consistent with the mission of the applicant organization.
Mechanicsburg Area Foundation Application Available: April 1, 2017

Deadline: Aug 1, 2017

For projects taking place: Jan 1, 2018-Dec 31, 2018

Mechanicsburg: zip codes 17050 &17055 Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Environment, and Health & Human Services
Perry County Community Foundation Application Available: Oct 1, 2017

Deadline: Feb 1, 2018

For projects taking place: July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

Perry County Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Environment, and Health & Human Services
The Kids Trust Application Available: Oct 1, 2016

Deadline: Feb 1, 2017

For projects taking place: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018

Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, Perry, York, and Lancaster Counties Programs and services for young children who are living with physical or emotional abuse, or neglect.
Women’s Fund Application Available: April 1, 2017

Deadline: Aug 1, 2017

For projects taking place: Jan 1, 2018-Dec 31, 2018

Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Perry Counties 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.