Call for Applications

The CSEwL invites Lancaster County community leaders to apply to our Community Leadership Award. Three awards of $15,000 each will be granted each academic semester to community leaders for the implementation of four-months-long projects focused on alleviating community issues and maximize impact on all members of our diverse community. Through this program CSEwL will build our College’s capacity to serve as a key catalyst in Lancaster County.


  • Projects must fit within three focal areas of CSEwL’s support: Poverty & Social Inequality, Environmental Sustainability, and Social Practice and Community Based Art.

  • Individuals employed or sponsored by an organization located and/or serving Lancaster County.

  • Maximum stipend: $5,000. At least $10,000 of the award must be budgeted for the implementation of the proposed community project.

  • Funds may not be used for any other purpose than pursuit of the CSEwL’s Community Leadership Award.

  • Applications are limited to one applicant per organization.

Application Process

  • Submit complete applications by January 6, 2023

  • The review process will be completed by January 20, 2023

  • Awarded applicants will be informed by January 23, 2023

  • Program starts by February 13, 2023

  • Project implementation: four-months, unless otherwise agreed with CSEwL. 

Evaluation Criteria

Each application will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Community issue. Relevance of proposed project to the mission of the CSEwL and community needs

  • Leadership capacity. How much does  this project increase the applicant’s leadership capacity?

  • Organizational support. Does the applicant demonstrate support from the sponsor organization?

  • Community benefit. How much will  this project impact the sponsoring organization and the community it serves?

  • DEI. Does the applicant demonstrate a commitment to racial, equity, inclusion, and social justice?

Each evaluation criteria will be provided the following score and a brief evaluator’s feedback note:

  • [N/A] No score

  • [1] Unsatisfactory

  • [2] Needs improvement

  • [3] Average

  • [4] Very good

  • [5] Exceptional

Application required documents

  • Summary of project. 800 words

  • Applicant’s resume

  • Letter of support from sponsoring organization


Submit your application  in Word  or PDF to by Friday January 6, 2023


Required reporting if awarded

Bi-weekly reports/updates

Final presentation/report at completion of project



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