Applying for a Competitive Grant        

    The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation historically accepts grant proposals two times per year. During the spring, competitive grants related to youth, education, housing, workforce development 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 (download applications by clicking on the grant headings on the left of this web page)..

   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 Designated Funds  

    Several of the180-plus endowed funds managed by the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation were established by donors to support one or more specific nonprofit organizations. Other 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

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.



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

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 Mini-Grants to Teachers program was introduced in Berkeley County last year and expanded to include Jefferson, Morgan, and Hampshire counties in 2014. This past November we awarded more than $28,500 in mini-grants to deserving teachers during our Partners in Philanthropy Receptions in Martinsburg, Charles Town, and Romney.  The success of the program has far exceeded our wildest expectations and we are already planning for 2015.  Applications will be available on our web site in September.  For more information, visit our Mini-Grants to Teachers Web Page.

Now Accepting Grant Proposals

March 13th Deadline to Submit EWVCF Grant Applications

The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation’s competitive grants programs will award more than $100,000 this spring thanks to donors who have created field-of-interest funds that support the various program types listed below. Deadline for submitting applications is March 13th.
We have simplified the grant process, which now includes a 1-page fillable pdf application and up to three pages of narrative about the organization applying for the grant, and the program for which funding is being requested.

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.
A list of competitive grant categories being funded by the community foundation follows. Click on the grant title to download an application.
Youth Grants
($500 to $5,000)
Approximately $55,000 in Youth Grants will be awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving Jefferson, Berkeley, and/or Morgan counties. 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.
Frada Fine Berkeley County
Education Grants

($500 to $3,000)
Nonprofit organizations, pre-schools, and public schools serving Berkeley County are eligible to apply for a total of $15,000 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 $2,000)
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, will shared $3,000 in EWVCF Housing Grants, which 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)
Historic cemeteries in Jefferson County, interested in the maintenance, repair, restoration, preservation, and beautification of Civil War era graves and burial plots can apply for a total of $12,000 in grants from the Helen Parker Willard Fund.
Berkeley County Industrial Park
Development Fund Grants

($3,000 to $8,000)
501(c)(3) Nonprofit organizations, public schools and government agencies serving Berkeley County may apply for grants to encourage economic development, business creation, workforce development, career training and/or job creation. A total of $25,000 in grant funding is available this year for programs of this type.