Grant Guidelines and Deadlines

Statement to Grantees and Applicants

The Steinman Foundation believes that the diversity of the Lancaster County community is a fundamental strength.  Only through intentional integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion as values and practices can philanthropic and charitable endeavors ensure substantive change our community.

The Steinman Foundation requires all applicants to establish and maintain a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This commitment must be evident in principle, as well as in organizations’ practices, ensuring that services and opportunities are extended to all individuals, regardless of age, disability, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other identifying characteristics.  The integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a grant application is an important proposal evaluation criterion.  The Steinman Foundation reserves the right to withhold funding to, or omit from consideration applications from organizations that appear to engage in discriminatory practices or behaviors.

Criteria and Eligibility for Support

The Steinman Foundation grantmaking currently highlights two strategic program areas: Early Childhood Education and Economic and Workforce Development with a focus on STEM education. In addition, we have a Community Stewardship Grants Program, through which we support a broad array of important local nonprofit work within Lancaster County.  The Foundation only supports organizations serving residents of Lancaster County, PA.

The Foundation awards grants only to nonprofit, charitable organizations designated as exempt from income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and identified by the IRS as a public charities and whose activities and programs are compatible with the mission and objectives of The Steinman Foundation.

The Foundation may award grants for specific programs and general operating support.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or for profit entities.

Grant Application Process

Our application process begins with a letter of inquiry (LOI) which may be submitted to Please include a brief summary of your organization’s mission and goals, and outline how grant funding would be used to support the Lancaster County community.

LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis. LOIs submitted before the deadlines listed below will be reviewed at the upcoming quarterly board meeting. If your LOI is approved, you will be invited to submit a grant application. Grant applications submitted before the next deadline will be reviewed at the following quarterly board meeting.

(For example, LOIs submitted by February 15th will be reviewed at the 1st quarter board meeting. Accepted LOIs will be notified within two weeks following the board meeting, and could submit a grant application by May 15th for consideration at the 2nd quarter Board meeting. Ultimately receiving a grant decision approximately six months after submitting an LOI.)

For more information specific to STEM grants, please visit

LOI and Grant Application Deadlines

LOI and Grant Application Deadline Decision Notification
February 15th End of March
May 15th End of June
August 15th End of September
November 15th Mid December

Note: Grant applications are accepted by invitation only. If you have received an invitation to submit a grant application, you must submit your application via our online grants application portal per the instructions in your invitation.

Grant reports may be required. The Steinman Foundation reserves the right to request information such as progress toward goals stated in your application, community impact, lessons learned, significant changes and future plans. Financial reporting will require a budget showing the use of grant funds. Additionally, the Foundation is to be notified if the funding goal has been reached prior to the Foundation’s decision, or if the project has been cancelled.

If a site visit is considered necessary or desirable at any stage of the grant process, a Foundation representative will contact your organization.