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York County Bar Foundation Seeks Impact and

Lenz Fund Grant Proposals

(2-page concept papers deadline June 26)


As a member of York’s nonprofit community, what have you learned as a result of COVID-19 crisis about ways to serve our most vulnerable citizens? 

Help us identify compelling proposals for grants from the YCBF's IMPACT GRANTS program for INNOVATIVE projects and services by the nonprofit community to better serve vulnerable populations such as the elderly, those with mental health issues, victims of abuse, those in prison, those in treatment courts, and resident recovery homes.

And the HENRY LENZ MEMORIAL FUND which serves to improve the circumstances of children who become subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system of York County.

These may be opportunities for nonprofits to build the capacity /effectiveness /efficiency of virtual programs to their clients now and potentially post COVID-19. Or Impact Grant funding could help newly formed community coalitions working together to reach these vulnerable populations throughout York County.

The Impact Grant funding priorities this year are focused on: 

  • Increasing access to justice for all people, particularly those struggling with poverty and abuse; and
  • Improving the administration of justice

The Henry Lenz Memorial Fund priorities are focused on: 

  • The provision of items of social and cultural benefit beyond the necessaries required to be supplied by the County for children under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court of the York County Court of Common Pleas
  • Provide for special needs of children of York County who are under commitment by the Juvenile Court of the York County Court of Common Pleas for treatment, supervision, or rehabilitation that would not be the responsibility of the County and are beyond the ability of the parent or other person responsible for the child’s maintenance to provide;
  • Support for children who have demonstrated desire and reasonable ability for education beyond high school.
  • NOTE: “Children” shall include all children who have been or shall be referred to the Juvenile Probation Office or York County Children and Families having been found delinquent, neglected or dependent children, until they be discharged from the jurisdiction of the Court, or shall no longer be subject thereto by reason of having attained the age of 21 years, whichever is earlier.

The YCBF is interested in proposals for early stage programs/projects with the potential for real impact or proposals which seek to improve the effectiveness of existing programs/projects.

What is the process to apply for funding? Proposals are due by 12:00 Noon on Friday, June 26 at York County Bar Foundation, 137 East Market Street, York PA 17401 or by e-mail to Following review of proposals by the YCBF Grants Committee, those submitting proposals will be notified by August 1 of our decision to invite full grant applications. Full grant applications are due no later than August 31.

How much funding is available? The YCBF anticipates that up to approximately $64,000 will be available for Impact programs/projects and $28,000 for Lenz Fund projects not otherwise receiving YCBF funding. Selected grants will be funded from the total allotment available.

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
  • How the program / project will be sustained after initial funding
  • Note: the YCBF will not consider proposals for annual operating expenses.

Here are the proposal applications: Impact Grant Lenz Fund Grant

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


In 2019, the Bar funded over $350,000 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

York City Police Department - Truancy Policy Officer $40,000
Truancy Prevention Initiative (United Way) $10,000
York County Planning Commission - Community Action for Recovery and Diversion plan $40,000
Downtown Inc   $5,000
Diakon Child, Family, and Youth Ministries
Leave A Legacy® York County - Marketing $2,000
Richard P. Noll Scholarships - two $2,400
PA Bar Foundation - from War of the Roses proceeds $300
JROTC - one award - Jose Velazquez  $150
Clarence "Chuck" N. Patterson Diversity Internship $6,638.35 
Various other small grants $2,200


Impact Grants

Funding in the amount of $40,000 was granted to York County Planning Commission to leverage additional funds from other partners to support the hire of a project manager to advance the work of the Community Action for Recovery and Diversion plan -  a long-term strategic initiative to coordinate judicial, medical and mental health, and educational resources toward non-violent offenders on a larger scale than is presently possible under the highly-successful, but capacity-limited Treatment Court model.

The Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) received $5,000 in impact grant funding for partial support for its office manager position to coordinate activities that meet the growing education and direct services needs of immigrants/immigrant families, and leverage PIRC’s legal staff, programs, community partnerships, and experience to grow and reach additional immigrants who would otherwise go unserved.

Funding in the amount of $5,000 was granted to Downtown Inc for a special project as a community partner for the lighting of the old courthouse domes - the architectural gem of York County's legal history - as part of the commemoration of the County’s 270th anniversary.


Henry Lenz Memorial Fundis a charitable fund whose principal and income are to be used for charitable purposes involving dependent and delinquent juveniles.  

The County of York received $13,000 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 as well as incentives to launch the Graduated Response program which is a system of responses that are certain, immediate, proportionate, fair, and tailored to individual youth by utilizing affirmations, incentives, rewards, as well as sanctions to reinforce positive behaviors and deter anti-social behaviors.

Building upon ongoing group violence and truancy prevention efforts, the York City Police Department was awarded $40,000 in partial funding for a Truancy Police Officer at William Penn High School – this is a new position in partnership with York City Police Department and the School District of the City of York.

Diakon Child, Family, and Youth Ministries received $8,000 to complete vital repairs and updates for its Weekend Alternative Program ropes course which builds on lessons in teamwork, goal setting and trust. Based at the Diakon Wilderness Center, a 170-acre wooded campus located in Boiling Springs, Cumberland County, the Weekend Alternative Program, or WAP, is a community‐based weekend program developed as a strong first‐response intervention for male and female youths, ages 12 to 18, whose negative behaviors could lead to more costly and restrictive services if not addressed. By providing a safe sanctuary for youths to learn about themselves and express the challenges they face daily at home, at work, in school, and in their communities, the Weekend Alternative Program delivers a better learning experience for participants. Staff members help youths work through their problems and concerns, offering advice and suggestions they can try with their families and peers and in community settings during the week.   

The Children’s Home of York was awarded $1,600 to underwrite the costs of a new independent living skills curriculum for its LifeSkills Training Program. LST Transitions curriculum is aimed at young adults that are transitioning into the workforce and/or higher education. The Program also targets young adults who are at risk of violence, delinquency, or substance abuse. This curriculum outlines the skills necessary for successful independent life, while simultaneously introducing prevention and harm reduction strategies to address delinquency and substance abuse.          

Legal Aid and ongoing interests

MidPenn Legal Services received the lion’s share of the available assistance, with grants and alternative pro bono service funding in the amount of $94,750; to support pro bono services and to preserve their critically needed family-law attorney position in the York office.

PIRC also received $45,000 to retain staff and support its operations in providing free legal services to indigent, vulnerable immigrants in the York community. This includes direct representation in York County of immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Over $84,000 supported efforts related to the delivery of Pro Bono and Legal Services to the York County community. With this funding, an expungement clinic and drivers license restoration clinic were held along with free CLE trainings. PFA “service days” were established and the 3rd Access to Justice Community Summit was held attended by over 130 individuals representing 57 agencies. Attendees were provided with details on programs available to York County residents seeking access to legal services. 

United Way of York County as the fiscal agent for the York County Truancy Prevention Initiative, received $10,000 for TPI program staff and operations to continue their work with school districts, judges, agencies, service providers, business, families, and students to implement consistent responses and interventions on truancy in York County. The Bar Foundation helped found and remains a major funder of the TPI. As a result of this initiative, York County’s statewide truancy ranking has dropped from 7th to 39th.

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.

Scholarships and special awards

The Clarence “Chuck” N. Patterson Diversity Internship at the Public Defender’s Office for the Summer of 2019 in the amount of $6,638 was awarded to Ashley Jemison, a rising 3L at Widener University Commonwealth Law School.  The Richard Noll Scholarship Committee awarded two $1,200 scholarships to “deserving, needy law student(s) from the greater York area.” The recipients were Sierrah Beeler and Stephanie Patton. The YCBA Military & Veterans Committee awarded $150 to William Penn High School JROTC member Jose Velazquez for his dedicated involvement in the Youth Court Alliance, $300 was granted to The Pennsylvania Bar Foundation pro bono program and various other small grants were awarded.



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