Lancaster Clean Water Fund

Lancaster Clean Water Partners is working with the Lancaster County Community Foundation to accept applications from municipalities and non-profits for grants from $2,500 to $50,000. 

Applications are due July 26.

Grants are designed to enable more partners to improve efficiency and effectiveness of projects using technology, cultural sensitivity, and science-based practices to clean and protect local streams.

Applications are available online at 

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Lancaster’s Clean Water Fund

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Community Grant Fund – $2,500-5,000 application range

These grants are intended to stimulate smaller, implementable projects that are lead by locally based conservation organizations, municipalities and community groups. Projects need to have a focus on streambank stabilization, riparian forest buffers, community tree plantings, green infrastructure, and/or environmental education while prioritizing collaboration with new partners. With the intention of being part of the collective effort for clean water, projects are encouraged to highlight how work with other Lancaster County partners will protect water, create habitat, and enable people to explore outdoors.

Water Quality Impact Fund – $10,000-50,000 application range

These grants are intended to support large-scale, high priority restoration projects that create a measurable and positive impact on water quality. Projects could include design and must include implementation of agricultural conservation practices, stormwater practices, riparian buffer implementation, and/or ecological restoration (stream, wetland, or floodplain restoration). Costs to write conservation plans for agriculture lands can be covered. Buffer installation is required for a project on land that includes a stream if no buffer exists currently (buffer installation can be covered by this grant).

Lancaster’s Clean Water Fund applications are available online at