Gail Deimler Charitable Fund

Gail Deimler was a lifelong employee of IBM who loved to travel in her spare time to such places as China, India, Europe and Africa. She also had a passion for reading and over 3,000 of her books were donated in her honor. She was a very generous person who gave a lot to those in need and this fund will continue to do that in her name.

Grant Amount

Up to $10,000

Applications Open: February 1, 2024

Applications Close: May 1, 2024

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Funding Priorities

The Gail Deimler Charitable Fund seeks to fund programs and services for people in need, healthcare issues and hospice services in the Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, Franklin, Lebanon and Northern York Counties

Grant Eligibility

  • Eligible projects must serve individuals, groups, and/or locations within Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, Franklin, Lebanon and Northern York Counties.
  • 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.
  • Grant seekers may apply for any project that best fits their needs and the Gail Deimler Charitable Fund guidelines.

Grant Timeline

  • February 1, 2024: Application available.
  • May 1, 2024 : All application materials must be submitted online.
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by August 1, 2024.
  • Proposed projects may take place at any time during the grant year beginning September 1, 2024 and ending August 31, 2025. Only projects taking place during the stated grant year will be considered for this round of funding.

What We Do 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

*Grant proposals that include these should describe the scope, purpose and guidelines.

Criteria for Evaluating Proposals

The Gail Deimler Charitable Fund Advisory Committee makes all grantmaking decisions and consists of a dedicated group of individuals committed to ensuring funds are used according to the grant guidelines.  Committee members evaluate each applicant’s submission and make valuable suggestions to ensure that work supported by the Gail Deimler Charitable Fund will make a difference. The Grant Review Committee may request additional information about the grant proposal prior to making an award or denial.

Below is a list of the criteria utilized to evaluate applications.

  • (20) – Connection to the Mission of The Gail Deimler Charitable Fund
    • Need and target audience is clearly stated.
    • Narrative provides a clear picture of all proposed actions and activities.
    • Project/program dates and locations are clearly addressed and anticipated.
  • (5) – Roles and responsibilities are defined and work to strengthen/enhance the project.
    • Partnerships, collaborations, services and affiliations are clearly defined if applicable.
  • (5) – Funding:
    • Project has a funding diversification plan and is not 100% dependent upon grant award.
    • Budget Worksheet clearly defines where awarded funds will be applied.
  • (10) – Project success is clearly defined and measurable.
    • Goals are measurable and anticipated outcomes are clearly defined.
  • (10) – Diversity Equity and Inclusion:
    • Project demonstrates how it will be inclusive/accessible to all applicable audiences.
    • The board, staff and/or volunteers reflect the community and the people being served.

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If you should have any questions regarding TFEC grant opportunities or your application, please contact the Community Investment Team, at or 717-236-5040. Questions are welcome at any time!

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