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Attention area nonprofits seeking grant funding for law-related programs serving residents and/or delinquent/dependent youth in York County:


The York County Bar Foundation (YCBF) is seeking IMPACT GRANT proposals (concept papers 1-2 pages) from interested organizations for innovative law-related programs/projects which serve the York County community by:

  • Increasing access to justice for all people, particularly those struggling with poverty and abuse;
  • Improve the administration of justice;
  • Promote public understanding of and respect for the law;
  • Encourage careers and diversity in the legal system;
  • Improve the quality of life for York Countians through support for law-related community initiatives.


And from the HENRY LENZ MEMORIAL FUND,  proposals (concept papers 1-2 pages) from interested organizations for innovative law-related programs/projects which serve to improve the circumstances of children who become subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system of York County.  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 proposals dealing with juveniles or juvenile delinquency.  Such programs may include but are not limited to:


  • 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 unique 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.


What is the process to apply for funding  See attached forms (Impact Grant, Lenz Memorial Fund) for full details. Proposals are due by 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, May 1 at York County Bar Foundation, 137 East Market Street, York PA 17401 or by e mail to Following review of proposals by the YCBF Lenz Fund Advisory and Grants Committees, those submitting proposals will be notified by July 1 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 854.8755 (ext. 206) or


In 2018, the Bar funded $310,833 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

Covenant House (Rabbit Transit Gift Cards) $195
Truancy Prevention Initiative (United Way) $10,000
County of York Adult Probation $25,000
Closet2Career        $15,000
Hard Bargains 1777
Leave A Legacy® York County - Marketing $2,000
Richard P. Noll Scholarships - two $2,400
PA Bar Foundation - from War of the Roses proceeds $500
JROTC - one award - Jose Velazques  $150
Clarence "Chuck" N. Patterson Diversity Internship(2) $13,297 

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 $93,985 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 $76,806 supported efforts related to the delivery of Pro Bono and Legal Services to the York County community. With this funding, two expungement clinics were held serving 79 people; 143 modest means clients and 117 pro bono cases referred to the York County Bar Association were successfully placed with its attorneys. 

Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center

The Bar gave $45,500 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. That number includes a contribution in honor of Jan Herrold for her work with their staff. 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.

County of York Adult Probation

The York County Bar Foundation granted $25,000 to York County Department of Probation Services to assist in the development of a plan for early identification and referral to services for individuals with behavioral health needs to create an effective and efficient delivery system of services.

Truancy Prevention

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

The York County Truancy 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 39th.

Closet 2 Career

Closet 2 Career (C2C) received $15,000 to support its goal of identifying individuals (with an emphasis on women incarcerated) who will have difficulties transitioning back into society by offering positive options and skills to avoid living in poverty, re-offending, or relapsing. The focus is different for each individual, but the long-term goal remains the same for all – empower, educate, mentor, and support those in need to help them achieve the best possible improvements for themselves, their future and our community.

Hard Bargains 1777

This project received a $15,000 grant and will make possible a unique blend of history and art that shines new light on pivotal actions happening in York during October and November of 1777. It is a collaboration of a small group of committed volunteers, the York County History Center and the York County Bar Foundation.

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.

The County of York received $6,000 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, $500 in proceeds from the 2nd Annual War of the Roses charity softball game was donated to the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. And $15,847 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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