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The York County Bar Foundation offers two opportunities to apply for grants:

Impact or Lenz Fund. 


1. Applicants draft a proposal. Proposals (no more than 2 pages) should include:

  • A summary of the program/project and how it addresses YCBF's funding interests.
  • Program/project leadership and partners.
  • Estimated cost and other funders. Note: YCBF will not consider proposals for annual operating expenses.
  • How the program/project will be sustained after initial funding.

2. Proposals may be submitted for early consideration at any time through May 1, 2019. For consideration in 2019, the final deadline is 12:00 noon on Tuesday, May 1, at the York County Bar Foundation, 137 East Market Street, York, PA 17401 or by email to The YCBF may also invite additional submissions throughout the year.


3. Following review of proposals by the YCBF Lenz Fund Advisory and/or Grants Committees, those submitting proposals will be notified by July 1 (at the latest) of our decision to invite full grant applications. Full grant applications are due no later than August 31.


Questions? Contact Victoria Connor, CEO, York County Bar Foundation, at 717.854.8755 (ext. 206), or




In 2017, the Bar funded $284,804 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/ Lenz Fund   Expenses for delinquent/dependent juveniles

County of York- York Regional Opiate Collective Honorarium $500
Truancy Prevention Initiative (United Way) $10,000
Diakon - Prep Works (Lenz Fund) $10,000
York College - Center for Study of Human Trafficking          $12,000
SpiriTrust Lutheran - PFA Compliance Monitoring
Leave A Legacy® York County - Marketing $2,000
Diversity Intern - Pilar Diaz - PD's office
Richard P. Noll Scholarships - two $2,400
PA Bar Foundation - from War of the Roses proceeds $1,000
PA Legal Aid Network - from War of the Roses proceeds $600
Lancaster Bar Assoc./Found. - War of the Roses proceeds $414
JROTC - one award - Jose Velazques  $150
CNP Diversity Internship (IHO Judge Kennedy) $5,000 

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 $93,250 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 $80,328 supported efforts related to the delivery of Pro Bono and Legal Services to the York County community. With this funding, an expungement clinic was held serving 35 people, 132 modest means and 113 pro bono cases referred to the York County Bar Association were successfully placed with its attorneys. 

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center

The Bar gave $45,000 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. They were also awarded a grant for $5,000 for their Community Defense Project Services Coordinator. This person will provide legal education, assistance and referrals to immigrant families seeking safety and family unity in York.

Diakon Child, Family and Community Ministries

The York County Bar Foundation granted $10,000 to Diakon Child, Family and Community Ministries through the Henry Lenz Memorial Fund, established to provide support for juveniles in the court system and their families. Diakon Youth Services provides adjudicated youth with mentoring, coaching and alternatives to detention to improve life skills and decision making. This funding will be used specifically to add a paid work experience to Diakon PREP which provides a structured evening program for adjudicated teens and focuses on employability skills.

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.

York College Center for Community Engagement

York College Center for Community Engagement received $12,000 to support the development of The Center for the Study of Human Trafficking and Interpersonal Violence. The Center will increase the capacity of South Central Pennsylvania to effectively and ethically respond to and prevent human trafficking and other forms of interpersonal violence and exploitation through education, consciousness raising, research, resource sharing, and collaboration. 

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.

And in further support of the community, the Bar Foundation also funds special interest projects. The County of York received $500 for the York Regional Opiate Collaborative and $8,000 from the Henry Lenz Memorial Fund for the provision of support for juveniles in the court system and their families. Funds were used to offset the costs of travel, clothing, education, and enrichment activities.

In addition, the York County Bar Association made a $5,000 donation to the YCBF Chuck N. Patterson Internship Scholarship fund in honor of Judge John S. Kennedy’s retirement. Over $2,000 in proceeds from the inaugural War of the Roses charity softball game was donated to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network and Lancaster Bar Association Foundation. And $9,200 was awarded for the Clarence “Chuck” N. Patterson Diversity Internship, Richard P. Noll Scholarship and William Penn High School JROTC Awards.


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