Children’s Behavioral Health Grants

Based on research, including our Youth Behavioral Health Study, we have learned that child and adolescent mental/behavioral health services exist, but that the system is fragmented. Families are overwhelmed and confused, and providers lack the tools to refer families for therapy, counseling, and treatment. Therefore, our grant-funding invests in practical solutions that elevate the mental well-being of youth and children in Lancaster County.


We fund programs that measurably elevate the mental well-being of youth and children in Lancaster County. We value caring, collaboration, a whole-person approach, advocacy, and visibility. We’re interested in supporting targeted workforce development for providers, and improving access to behavioral healthcare for youth and children (age birth to 26 years) in Lancaster County.

Tax-exempt community benefit organizations serving Lancaster County are eligible to apply. Funds awarded total $100,000 annually.


Funded activities must focus on one or more of the following outcomes and impacts. We recommend that applicants view and download our logic model before applying.

Care Coordination

Improved delivery of children’s behavioral healthcare services, resulting in one or more of these outcomes:

  1. Increased access to behavioral healthcare for youth and children
  2. Ensures seamless transition of behavioral healthcare services for youth into young adulthood (ages 14-26)
  3. Helps families navigate mental/behavioral healthcare and resources

Family/Caregiver Education

Equipping of parents, families, and caregivers, resulting in one or both of the following:

  1. Integration of behavioral healthcare in primary care practices
  2. Building parent/caregiver confidence to use strengths-based approaches

Access to Providers

Enhancing the capacity of professionals (in physical healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and/or education) resulting in one or both of the following:

  1. Train professionals in methods that enhance youth/child mental/behavioral health
  2. Expand behavioral health screenings in primary care


How to apply

Applications open twice a year (each spring and fall), and must be submitted online. Spring applications must be submitted by March 1. Fall applications must be submitted by September 1.

  1. Apply online for our Spring 2019 grant cycle
  2. Suggested range of grant request is $5,000-$25,000
  3. Letters of support from community partners along with a list of any collaborative partners will be requested

How we decide

These are the questions we ask our community volunteers when we review grant applications. Each question is scored, and we award funding to the highest scored applications.

  1. To what degree will children’s behavioral health be enhanced by this?
  2. To what degree will this fill an existing gap in services?
  3. How viable is this in terms of the organization’s staff capacity?
  4. How much impact can our funding have based on the overall project?
  5. How much of a positive return on investment will there be for Lancaster County?
  6. To what degree does it align with our values?
  7. How well will we be able to measure the success of this project?
  8. To what degree does this utilize data-driven best practices?

To learn more, please schedule a meeting with our Executive Director, Anna Kennedy. We encourage all applicants to discuss your project with us before submitting your application.

Agreement and Reporting

Organizations awarded grants are required to sign a grant agreement before funds can be distributed. A 6-month interim report, and 1-year final report will be required. LOHF staff and volunteers will visit each grantee for a site visit at least once during the 1- year grant period.

Grantee Reporting Access

LOHF grantees can access our online grants management system to sign agreements, submit reports, and track progress towards achieving your grant goals.