APPLICATION AVAILABLE OCTOBER 1; DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1

The Family & Children’s Services of Lebanon County Fund, a fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, awards grants to nonprofit, social service agencies in support of projects which serve families and children in Lebanon County.

Funding Priorities

These grants may be used to initiate new programs, expand or improve existing programs, fund a strategic planning process, or offer special professional development opportunities.  Any request which includes on-going personnel costs must demonstrate how such costs will be met in subsequent years. Equipment may be requested if its acquisition would result in the achievement of a significant efficiency, is required to initiate a new program, or would greatly enhance an existing program.  Applicants are encouraged to clearly demonstrate service to Lebanon County residents and/or communities.  Applications will be considered without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Grant Eligibility

  • Eligible applicants must be a nonprofit or social service agency, or project, serving families and children in Lebanon County
  • Applicants must either be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization act as a fiscal sponsor for the proposed project.

Size of Grants

The average grant is $500 to $2,000.  In 2020 grant awards ranged from $1500-$2,460.  This grant opportunity will not fund 100% of any project.

Grant Timeline

  • October 1, 2021: Application available.
  • February 1, 2022: All application materials must be submitted through the online application system by 4:00pm.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status in June 1 2022.
  • Proposed projects may take place at any time during the grant year beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2023.

What We Do Not Fund

The Family & Children’s Services of Lebanon County Fund will not make awards for endowment, construction or renovation of facilities, or for general operating funds. Applicant organizations may submit one application per grant year.

In addition, following TFEC guidelines, this grant opportunity does not fund:

  • Advertising
  • Capital campaigns
  • Direct lobbying to influence legislation or funding appropriations
  • Individuals
  • National and statewide umbrella organizations that cannot demonstrate a local presence
  • New staff positions without a substantial plan for sustainability
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Retroactive projects

Criteria for Evaluating Proposals

The Family & Children’s Services of Lebanon County Fund Advisory Committee makes all grantmaking decision and consists of a dedicated group of individuals committed to the betterment of children, families, and Lebanon County.  T The grant review committee may request additional information about the grant proposal prior to making an award or denial.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION

Follow Three Simple Steps to Apply

  1. ACCESS, download and/or print the 2021 Family & Children’s Services of Lebanon Count Fund Grant Application here: 2021 Family & Children’s Services of Lebanon County Fund Grant Application
  2. LOGIN into the TFEC online application system and begin or update your online profile here:
  1. UPLOAD all required materials to the Attachments Tab within the online application system and select submit before 4pm on the application deadline. This grant opportunity requires attachments. See the Grant Application for full instructions.  All required materials will be uploaded within the Attachments Tab; materials should not be mailed or delivered.

Helpful Hints: Using the Online Application System

  • To begin, you will enter the applicant organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as the Federal Tax Identification Number.  You will not will not be able to create an Organization Profile without it.
  • You may Save and Finish Later at any time.
  • Some information provided in the online application system is identical to information provided in the grant application; be sure that these answers correspond.
  • The grant application and all attachments, including letters of support if applicable, are to be uploaded and submitted using the online application system.
  • Save a copy of all materials for yourself prior to selecting Submit.
  • Submit all materials prior to the deadline; the online application system will automatically close after 4pm.
  • TFEC staff cannot access or view your Draft Materials.

Notes to Remember

  • Only projects taking place during the stated grant year will be considered for this round of funding.
  • Applicants with current grant awards from TFEC who are delinquent or non-compliant in grant reporting requirements may have subsequent grant applications denied.

Applicants using a Fiscal Sponsor for this application must also follow the directions below

ACCESSING THE APPLICATION

  • Because your Fiscal Sponsor is the organization who has 501c3 status, you will need to enter the Fiscal Sponsor Organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as the Federal Tax Identification Number, when beginning your work in the online application system.

COMPLETING THE APPLICATION

  • Within the “Application Information” tab of the online application system, you will see a “Fiscal Sponsor” Heading. Within this section, the Organization Name and Contact Information should be for the Organization and Executive Leader of the organization serving as your Fiscal Sponsor.
  • Because your Fiscal Sponsor is the organization who is registered with the Commonwealth, answer all questions about the PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations using your Fiscal Sponsor’s information.
  • For all other elements of the “Organization Contact Information” and “Application Information” tabs, the name of your organization/project is the Applicant Organization and all other questions should be answered using your organization/project information rather than your Fiscal Sponsor.

ATTACHMENTS

  • Your application must include a letter signed (digital or original) by the Executive Leader of the organization who is serving as your Fiscal Sponsor stating their agreement to do so. This letter will be uploaded with your application attachments.
  • Upload the IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter of your Fiscal Sponsor.
  • Upload the Board of Directors List for your Fiscal Sponsor AND if your organization/project has its own Leadership Team list, please also upload.
  • Upload the most recent 990 of your Fiscal Sponsor. If your organization/project has a separate budget or financial statement that would assist the grantmaking committee in their review of an application, please also upload.

NOTIFICATION

  • The organization serving as your Fiscal Sponsor will receive notification of whether or not a grant has been awarded. If a grant is awarded the Fiscal Sponsor will be required to execute the Grant Agreement and will be sent the grant funds to be allocated to your organization appropriately. Your Fiscal Sponsor will be responsible for ensuring the funds are used as indicated in the original proposal and/or grant agreement.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP

All applicants are invited to contact our Community Investment Team, to discuss a proposed project or application.

Applicants may request a draft review of their application materials by our Community Investment Team prior to submission. To submit a draft review, email all materials to be reviewed as an attachment to grants@tfec.org.  Draft review requests are limited to one review of each grant opportunity and submissions must be received at least two weeks prior to the application deadline.

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Andrea Iguina-Pérez