Grants from Designated Funds 

    Many of the 175 endowed funds managed by the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation were established by our donors to support one or more specific nonprofit organizations including the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. Likewise, several funds benefit favorite charitable causes. Some of the grants made by these funds require that a proposal be submitted, while others are crafted so that we simply mail checks to the appropriate charities on a quarterly basis. There is great flexibility in grant making when donors establish a fund at the community foundation. If you are interested in learning more please call 304-264-0353 or email 

Applying for a Grant and Reporting on a Grant Received         

    The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation historically accepts grant proposals two times per year. During the spring, competitive grants related to youth, education, housing, and historic cemeteries are awarded.

    In the fall, teachers from schools in the three Eastern Panhandle counties are encouraged to submit applications for our Mini-Grants to Teachers program. Mini-Grants usually range from $60 to $500. Funded last year were proposals for everything from woodcarving chisels for an after-school shop program, to lego robots; speed stackers for a middle school PE program, to supplies for an autism cafe; tricycles for developmentally disabled elementary students, to software and ebooks for tablets.

    Each of our competitive grantmaking funds is different so please spend time downloading and reviewing the fund guidelines to ensure that your program request is a fit.

   Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for one of our grants may do so by using the fillable PDF Grant Application, then either emailing or mailing it to the community foundation.

Grants from Donor Advised Funds

   In addition to our competitive grants, we also award a number of donor-recommended grants, for which no application or final report is required. In these cases, checks and details about the grants are sent to area charities with no advance communication.  So, for those nonprofit organizations that receive an unexpected check in the mail from the Community Foundation, Congratulations!

   Be sure to receive up-to-date information from us.  Email your charity’s email contact information to be put on our eNews mailing list.

     The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation competitive grant program awarded 39 unique grants totaling $109,500 this spring thanks to donors who created endowed funds to support the programs listed below.

     Virtually all of our competitive grants require completion of the funded program prior to a check being issued. Reimbursements are made after the appropriate grant report form is submitted to the community foundation.

      What follows is a list of competitive grant categories within the community foundation.

Youth Grants ($500 to $5,000)

A total of $78,450 in Youth Grants was awarded to 36 area 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Our Youth Grants fund educational, athletic, academic, social, civic, and community based programs serving children in the Eastern Panhandle. Several field of interest funds, including the Tom & Virginia Seely Children's Fund, the C. Scott and Elizabeth C. Shade Youth Fund, and the Jane P. Snyder Youth Fund, underwrite these grants.

Berkeley Education Grants

($500 to $5,000)

Nonprofit organizations, pre-schools, and K-12 public schools serving Berkeley County received $16,750 in grants from the Frada Fine Berkeley Education Fund to support tutoring programs, help develop preparatory skills, assist mentoring programs, provide necessary nutrition to encourage learning, and fund small capital needs within the schools. Special thanks to BB&T Wealth for establishing this fund with the community foundation and for providing continued financial support.

Housing Action Fund Grants

($500 to $2,500)

Nonprofit organizations that address homelessness and/or affordable housing with an emphasis on those serving high need populations and underserved regions of the tri-county area of Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan, shared $3,000 in Housing Action Fund Grants. EWVCF Housing Grants are supported by the Housing Action Fund that was created by Dan Ryan Builders in 2005. 

Jefferson County Historic

Cemetery Grants

($2,500 to $5,000)

Three historic cemeteries in Jefferson County, interested in the maintenance, repair, restoration, preservation, and beautification of Civil War era graves and burial plots received a total of $10,000 in grants from the Helen Parker Willard Fund.


If you’ve received a grant and need to provide us with an interim or final report, download these forms.

Arts In Education Grant Report Form

Berkeley County Education Grant Report

Two Rivers Grant Report.doc

Youth Grant Report Form

Housing Action Grant Report.doc

Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation

229 East Martin Street, Suite 4

Martinsburg, West Virginia 25401

phone:  (304) 264-0353 

facsimile:  (888) 507-8375

Our new Mini-Grants to Teachers program was introduced in Berkeley County last year. We received 166 Mini-Grant proposals and funded 37 of them. Grant amounts ranged from $60 to $500 and programs included robotics, PE “Stackers”, an Alto Xylophone, the Autism Cafe, chemistry equipment, Kindle readers, wood chisels, and so much more. The program was so successful that it is being expanded to include all three Eastern Panhandle counties during the 2014/15 school year. More than $20,000 will be awarded to area teachers this November. For more information, visit our Mini-Grants to Teachers Web Page.

The Two Rivers Giving Circle recognizes individuals who dedicate time and talent to conservation and preservation causes. In the fall, the Giving Circle provides grants to nonprofit organizations working in these fields. Check out the Two Rivers Giving Circle Web Page to become a member or to apply for a grant.