Philosophy and Guidelines

Since 1942, The Springs Close Foundation and its predecessor foundations have provided close to $150 million to nonprofit organizations in our communities.

The Springs Close Foundation continues to serve Colonel Springs’ legacy of giving back to the communities where Springs Mills plants were originally located. The Foundation has created Community Boards – one each in Chester, Lancaster, and York Counties. They are responsible for reviewing all grant applications, conducting site visits, and making the final grant decisions in their respective counties. Each county also has a Consultant on staff to assist grantees with the application process and to answer any questions you may have.

These boards are an integral part of what we do. They were created to more closely connect us with the communities we serve and to better understand the needs and solutions that exist in each county.

Before you Apply

Please keep in mind we are a project-based funder. On the application, you will be asked to breakdown your project by all the expenses involved and to list any current and potential funders. Along with this, please have a letter of inquiry that fully explains your project in detail. Please do not submit your organization’s yearly budget as a project. Applications will be considered year-round.

Please consider if you meet the following qualifications:

The Foundation follows a philosophy that resources are here to assist community groups and agencies with programs and projects that will contribute the most to improving the quality of life for the people in its service area. Funds are never adequate to meet all the identified needs in the area and the Foundation must carefully set its priorities. Each need will continue to be evaluated on its own merit and weighed against other requests.

If you have never applied for a grant, please contact the consultant that serves your area.


Lucille Mackey


Tammy Woods


Michele Lineberger


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*If you have a true emergency and need funding of up to $5,000, please contact the consultant in your county for further information.

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