GRANT APPLICATION WINDOWS: Open as long as funds are available.

PERIOD 1: January 1 – April 30
PERIOD 2: May 1 – July 31

The York Community Foundation awards grants to both private and public services. The grants are made only to agencies classified as a 501(c) (3) by the Internal Revenue Service organization and government agencies using the grant for capital expenditures and/or capital improvements

Charitable Areas of Interest

The Foundation awards grants from the six basic areas of philanthropy:

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Community / Civic

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arts / culture

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human services

Eligibility Requirements

Grants are awarded to organizations in the York community, or those serving a significant number of York County residents.
Except in unusual circumstances, the Foundation does not award grants for:

Operating expenses
Annual fund drives
Elimination of previously incurred deficits
Established or new endowment funds
Travel or related expenses for individuals or groups
Religious organizations where funds would be used in whole or in part to further the organization’s sectarian purposes

Funding Limits

The Foundation does not normally fund entire projects or programs. Preference is given to organizations that have raised a portion of the required funds, and/or enlisted the financial support of other organizations.

Applicants must have a plan for future funding and support from other sources if funding is for an ongoing program.

Grants are usually awarded only for a definite purpose within a specified time period – normally for 12 months or less.

Application Process

The Grants Committee is responsible for reviewing grant applications and making recommendations to the Foundation Board of Directors, in accordance with the wishes of the donor, as to which grant applications should be approved. The Grants Committee meets on an as needed basis. A grant application is available to download online. Additional information is available by contacting the Foundation office at 402-362-5531.

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Grant Application

The Grants Program of the York Community Foundation, Inc. (YCF) is a means by which not-for-profit charitable organizations may secure financial assistance for programs and/or projects which will enhance the quality of life for all residents of the York area and surrounding communities. The YCF is a “community” foundation, in that we collect and administer charitable funds under Section 509 (a) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are technically a charity. We channel gifts from donors to a variety of non profit organizations.

The YCF serves the York area in three major ways: 1.) seeking and soliciting gifts and bequests from individuals, families, corporations, and other not-for profit organizations, 2.) managing assets for preservation of principal, optimum return, and perpetuity of the donor’s intentions, and 3.) distributing funds through grants. This application form pertains to request for grants from the unrestricted assets of the YCF. Unrestricted assets are those assets that have not been designated for a specific purpose or beneficiary and over which the YCF Board of Directors has full discretion. The YCF awards grants in six fields of interest: education, arts/culture, human services, community/civic, health, and recreation.

Grants are made for such charitable purposes which will enhance the quality of life for the residents of the York area, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, national origin or age, and must be consistent with such specific charitable areas of interest as recognized by the YCF. Grants are not made to individuals or organizations that operate for profit. A grant cannot be used for political purposes.

Mail to: York Community Foundation
603 N Lincoln Ave.
York, NE 68467

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