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Community Action Grants Program

Grants to Ohio and West Virginia Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
in Eligible Counties for Arts, Education, Health, Youth, and Recreation

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and Regional Affiliates

Deadline Date:

02/15/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Ohio and West Virginia nonprofits and public institutions, such as public schools and government agencies, in eligible counties for programs and projects that focus on arts and culture, education, health and human services, recreation, youth and family services, and community and economic development.

Geographic Focus:

The applicant must be located in any of the eleven counties in the Foundation’s service area or the program to be funded must serve residents of one or more of those counties. Counties in the service area are Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio.

Please note that the PACF places priority for grant funding on projects that serve communities where the PACF is the only community foundation in operation –priority counties for Foundation support are Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood Counties in West Virginia.

Priority is given to projects that:

- Have significant impact on the people and communities served by the applicant organization;
- Reach new audiences, expand existing programs or services, or respond to emerging needs;
- Strengthen the organization’s capacity to deliver its services and meet community needs;
- Are well-planned and can reasonably be achieved;
- Have a matching grant opportunity or seek a matching grant to leverage more funding;
- Have limited access to other sources of support;

Eligible Types of Requests:

Funding will be provided for capital and equipment projects, program development, capacity building, and operating support. Please note that the Foundation expects to award only a limited number of operating support grants. Additional information for each of these types of requests is provided below.

Capital and Equipment: Support the renovation or construction of facilities, purchase of major equipment, major repairs to facilities.

Program Development: Support the development of new services or programs designed to respond to unmet community needs and the expansion of existing programs to serve new audiences.

Capacity Building: Support projects that provide an organization with technical assistance and/or training to be able to more effectively meet their mission and/or provide services.

Operating Support: Support projects designed to: Increase financial stability (Type 1); Help a strong organization increase its capacity (Type 2).

For all operating support requests, the applicant must:
- Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (operating support is not available to governmental entities, schools (public or private), or entities that do not have 501(c)(3) status);
- Provide essential community services or offer programs that meet basic human needs;
- Have been in continuous operation for at least five years and have a proven track record;
- Have an overall sound financial history (at least prior to the present need);
- Be able to demonstrate strong management;
- Have previously received support from the Foundation.

Applicants seeking Type 1 operating support (to increase financial stability), must:
- Document increased demand for services, unexpected reduction in sources of ongoing operating support, or a specific current financial challenge for which a plan is in place to mitigate;
- Show evidence of completion of an internal process of cost-reduction and/or realistic revenue enhancement analysis focused on core service preservation prior to the request.
- Develop a realistic plan for financial stabilization.
- Show how the operating support grant will increase financial stability and/or help the organization make significant progress toward addressing its financial challenge.

Applicants seeking Type 2 operating support (to increase organizational capacity), must:
- Present a realistic plan for organizational growth, outlining how operating support is critical to the growth plan (to expand services, offer new programs, reach new audiences, etc.).
- Include a plan for the organization to have adequate funding at the completion of the grant.

Organizations may request renewal of an operating support grant for up to three years (total) of support. However, grants will be considered one year at a time and renewal is not automatic. The organization must submit a renewal application annually, outlining progress made toward goals. After an organization receives operating support for a three-year period, it may not request additional operating support for at least one year. The Foundation expects to award only a limited number of operating support grants each grant cycle.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170130

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grantees may request up to $15,000. The Foundation's average grant is approximately $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation is unlikely to make multi-year grants at the present time (the only exception is for operating support grants). If you would like to apply for multi-year support, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation’s Senior Program Officer to discuss your proposal prior to submission.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To receive a grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution, such as a public school or government agency.

Requests from individuals are not accepted for Community Action Grants.

Grant applicants also must have completed their most recent grant-funded project in order to be eligible for another grant.

Additional Criteria Regarding Operating Support Requests:

Please note specifically that operating support requests are open to 501(c)(3) designated private nonprofit organizations only. Schools and public entities are not eligible for operating support. Please also note that to be eligible for operating support, your organization must have been in existence for at least five years and must have previously received a grant from the Foundation.

Generally, Community Action Grants will not be made for:
- Annual campaigns; endowments;
- Sectarian religious purposes;
- Political purposes or lobbying activities;
- Retiring existing obligations, debts or liabilities;
- Student travel or student participation in meetings, seminars or study exchange programs.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Marian Clowes, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 304-428-4438
Toll-free: 866-428-4438
Fax: 304.606.3030

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
PO Box 1762
1620 Park Ave.
Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Washington County;   West Virginia: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood Counties (priority); and Jackson, Mason, and Pleasants Counties