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    The Fig Tree

    Fig Industries has been on a mission for nearly two decades to celebrate entrepreneurs and contribute to the vitality of Lancaster City through the small magazine with a big heart called Fig.


    To expand our mission, Fig has partnered with our friends at Lancaster County Community Foundation to plant The Fig Tree, a Donor Advised Fund that will award grants each year to support small business owners so new ideas can take root and grow, and Lancaster City can continue to thrive. These grants will boost improvements, expansions, and innovations.


    It’s our way of leaving a legacy of support and encouragement for small business owners, to help ensure the Lancaster City small business community continues to thrive, and to provide a way for other businesses and individuals (like you) to get involved.


    At Fig Industries, we believe every business, even a small one like ours, has the power to have a positive impact on their community.


    Join Us


    Your tax-deductible donation will go through the Community Foundation to benefit small business owners. Grants will be determined by a community panel and will be awarded each fall starting in 2024. You can give directly here.


    Stay tuned for updates as The Fig Tree grows!


    Apply for a Fig Tree Grant


    If you own a small business in Lancaster City and have big plans to grow, apply for a Fig Tree grant. Grant applications open in March with grants being awarded each November in the winter edition of Fig. Grantees will be determined by an independent community panel based on answers to a short list of questions.


    Fig Tree Facts

    • Grant Amount: $5,000 each
    • Number of Grants Available in 2024: 7
    • Fund Partner: Lancaster County Community Foundation
    • Fiduciary: Lancaster City Alliance

    Grant Requirements

    • Must be within Lancaster City limits
    • Must have a physical location
    • Must have 1+ years in business
    • Must have revenue of under $2 million annually
    • Must use funds for improvements, innovative new ideas, or expansion

    Annual Grant Cycle

    • Grant cycle opens March 1
    • Applications due May 1
    • Grantees awarded September 1
    • Grantees announced in the November issue of Fig


    Fig Industries is granting two $5,000 grants in this first grant cycle. Due to generous donations from our friends and community partners, The Fig Tree is able to increase total grants in 2024 to 7 grants of $5,000 each for a total of $35,000!


    Thank you to the following for making this possible: Cargas, Work Wisdom, Trout CPA, Kevin and LouAnn McCaughey, Chris Kennedy and Bob Bowman, and Jill Sherman.


    The next application cycle will begin March 1, 2025.