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The York County Bar has provided grants to local nonprofits for over 15 years.  As its capacity has grown, so, too, has its grants program.

The Bar Foundation Grants Committee reviews all funding requests, carefully stewarding the funds it invests in the community.  Non-profit agencies who apply for funds fill out a pre-application; if invited, they fill out a full grant application; if granted funds, they submit an outcomes report. Its goal is to partner with those agencies whose programs further its mission. Click here to for guidelines and application information.


Last year, the Bar funded $294,431 in law-related programs throughout York County.  

Agencies funded included:

MidPenn Legal Services (MPLS)   
MPLS (attorney donations for intake evaluators)
Pro Bono & Legal Services   

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center

County of York Department of Probation Services $18,000
Truancy Prevention Initiative (United Way) $10,000
County of York Orphans Court $5,000
Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center             $5,000
SpiriTrust Lutheran 
Leave A Legacy® York County $2,000
*On hold for the Orphans Court


MidPenn Legal Services

MidPenn Legal Services, the "emergency room” of the legal profession, advises and represents those living in poverty in York on civil legal matters such as housing law, child custody, domestic violence, and Social Security.  MidPenn saves homes, protects children, and provides access to essential benefits that keep families together.  The Bar provided $93,360 to MidPenn to support pro bono services and to preserve their critically needed family-law attorney position in the York office.

Pro Bono and Legal Services 

Funds in the amount of $87,181 supported efforts related to the delivery of Pro Bono and Legal Services to the York County community. With this funding, a community summit on civil legal aid was held, 69 pro bono cases referred to the York County Bar were successfully placed and a Modest Means program, piloted in the areas of family and criminal law, was established to help connect individuals with income between 126-200% of the federal poverty guidelines to critical legal services.                                                                                    

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center

The Bar gave $46,390 to the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) to retain staff and support its operations in providing direct representation, individual and group legal orientations, self-help workshops, and other services to vulnerable immigrants in detention and in our community.

York County Department of Probation Services

The Bar gave $18,000 to the York County Department of Probation Services for the purchase of two therapy dogs to work with juveniles involved in the delinquency and dependency systems. Therapy dogs provide a calm presence, alleviates stress and allows participants to be confident and actively participate during court proceedings. 

Truancy Prevention

The Bar provided $10,000 for the Truancy Prevention Initiative for staff and operations of the program.

The York CountyTruancy Prevention Initiative is a coalition of 30+ school teachers and administrators, parents, students, judges, service providers, government agencies, the medical and business communities, and others who have been meeting for years to seek innovative solutions to York’s stubbornly high rate of truancy. Truancy, defined as three or more unexcused absences from school, has a high correlation with school drop-out rates and criminal activity.  The work of the Truancy Prevention Initiative has dramatically reduced York County’s statewide truancy ranking from 7th worst to 29th.

Orphans Court

To support elderly and incapacitated, the County of York Orphans Court received $30,000; $5,000 to deliver guardian monitor training classes and educational sessions to the guardians and service providers of incapacitated people; an additional $25,000 has been placed in reserve to support the future work of a task force to develop plans to increase capacity and ensure sustainability of this critical program.

Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center

In partnership with the York County Heroin Task Force, the Byrnes Health Education Center will provide an education program, titled Heroin: The Wake Up Call, to students, teachers and parents in grades 7 through 12. This program will focus on the dangers of heroin addiction along with resources for both treatment and legal help. YCBF funding in the amount of $5,000 will make this program available to approximately 1,000 students from 20 schools throughout the county. 

SpiriTrust Lutheran

Funding in the amount of $2,500 was granted to SpiriTrust Lutheran to assist the York County Court of Common Pleas with monitoring and verifying the compliance with PFA Orders. Compliance monitoring strengthens the court-ordered PFA process by ensuring defendants access the services and resources to which they are referred. The program supports the Court by tracking satisfactory completion of any and all special conditions, such as, drug and alcohol assessment, mental health evaluation, or batterer’s intervention services. 

Leave A Legacy® York County

Leave A Legacy® York County, a program of the York County Bar Foundation, received $2,000 to promote charitable and legacy giving in York County. A partnership of civic-minded volunteers, professional advisors and nonprofit organizations, Leave A Legacy® York County brings awareness of charitable planned giving through bequests and other planned gifts. Leave A Legacy® assists York County nonprofits to develop their planned-gift capacity, encourages professional advisors to include charitable giving in estate planning and promotes planned giving directly to the public.




* This innovative partnership program is scheduled to launch in 2015.  Qualified defendants in the York County treatment courts will receive pre-GED education through the York County Literacy Council focusing primarily on reading, writing, math, and higher-level critical thinking skills that are necessary when preparing to take the GED.  Whenever possible, financial, workplace, health, and computer literacy are integrated into the curriculum to help students achieve greater economic stability and self-sufficiency.  Obtaining a GED is a requirement for graduation from the treatment court programs. 

A diploma provides the path for people to lift themselves out of poverty, opens doors to continuing education and skills training, and broadens employment opportunities, ultimately reducing recidivism.   

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