Each of our competitive grantmaking funds is different:
Grants from Field-of-Interest Funds
Many donors have established field-of-interest funds to help support favorite causes in perpetuity. Through these funds we are able to award grants to many local charities for any number of projects and programs. Nonprofit organizations are asked to submit grant proposals at different times of the year, which are then reviewed by our grants committees. Grant categories can include youth, education, housing, and historic cemeteries.
Grants from Designated Funds
Several of the endowed funds managed by the 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 contact us.
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 normally 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!
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Applying for a Grant and Reporting on a Grant Received
The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation accepts grant proposals several times per year. From late November through early January, applications for competitive grants related to youth, education, housing, and historic cemeteries are accepted. Grants of $500 to $5,000 are awarded and announcements are made in March.
We accept EWVCF Unrestricted Grant applications year-around.
In June and July, applications for our Berkeley County Industrial Park Development Fund grants are accepted. These reimbursable grants range from $2,000 to $15,000 and are awarded in late August.
In early fall we accept Two Rivers Giving Circle grant applications.
In September and early October, teachers from public schools in the three Eastern Panhandle counties are encouraged to submit applications for our Mini-Grants to Teachers program. Mini-Grants usually range from $99 to $500. Funded in prior years 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. Mini-Grants are awarded in November during a reception for the teachers. Checks are made payable to the appropriate schools and given to the principal.
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 mailing it to the community foundation or dropping it by our office.
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GRANT REPORTING FORMS
If you’ve received a grant and need to provide us with an interim or final report, download these forms.
EWVCF Unrestricted Grant Report Form