The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation accepted Winter/Spring Competitive Grant applications through February 25, 2022. The Community Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations providing a wide range of direct benefits in Morgan, Berkeley, and or Jefferson counties of West Virginia. Organizations with programs that celebrate diversity and/or promote equity and inclusion are encouraged to apply. Grants will be awarded in April in the following categories thanks to donors who established field of interest funds at the Community Foundation.
The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation’s Winter/Spring Grant Programscover a wide range of funding categories: Animal Welfare, Healthcare, Historic Cemeteries, Housing Action, Human Welfare, Jefferson County Housing, and Senior Programs.
Eligibility, Deadline, Reports, and Requirements
Eligible Organizations: The Community Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations providing a wide range of direct benefits in Morgan, Berkeley, and/or Jefferson counties of West Virginia. Programs that celebrate diversity and/or promote equity and inclusion are encouraged. Please note: Organizations will only be able to submit one application per funding category.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- An already existing nonprofit, 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(13) organization in good standing with the IRS, or
- An existing government/quasi-governmental agency, or public school applying for a project that is not funded by tax revenue, or
- A religious organization requesting funding for a non-sectarian charitable purpose, or
- A civic group that is not a 501(c)(3) organization requesting funding for a charitable community cause.
Required Financial Information for 501(c)(3) Organizations
Applications must include financial information for the organization as a whole, and in addition:
- Applicants with charitable contributions over $300,000 but less than $500,000 must provide the most recent financial review performed by an independent certified public accountant.
- Applicants with charitable contributions over $500,000 must provide the most recent audit performed by an independent certified public accountant.
In addition, 501(c)(3) organizations must be in good standing with:
- West Virginia Secretary of State’s Business & Licensing and also the Charities Division: http://apps.sos.wv.gov/business/corporations/ & https://sos.wv.gov/business/Pages/Charities.aspx
- IRS, as assessed via IRS Pub 78 and GuideStar: https://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/ & https://www.guidestar.org/Home.aspx
Application Period: January 14 – February 25, 2022.
Grant Notification: Grantees will be notified and grants will be awarded by March 31, 2022.
Trust-Based Philanthropy Reporting Requirements: In an effort to streamline the grants process for nonprofit organizations, the Community Foundation has adopted trust-based philanthropy and will award and pay the Winter/Spring grants upfront. A final report, including a summary of grant expenses, must be provided to the Community Foundation by December 7, 2022, and grantees agree to attend a Zoom meeting to discuss their grant on December 8, 2022, at 3 PM. Extensions may be allowed with prior approval.
EWVCF Winter/Spring Grant Funding Categories
Eastern Panhandle CARE Fund – Healthcare grants will be awarded to support Eastern Panhandle healthcare programs that provide one or more of the following: Empowerment through health education; connection to community healthcare resources; or access to affordable, high-quality, patient-centered care. Grant range: $5,000 to $10,000
Kings Daughters Senior Citizens Charitable Fund – Grants to organizations that provide elderly persons living in the Eastern Panhandle with housing facilities and services specifically designed to meet their physical, social, and psychological needs and to promote their health, security, happiness, and usefulness in longer living. Grant range: $5,000 to $12,000
Housing Action Fund – Grants to address homelessness and affordable housing will be awarded from this fund to support programs in Jefferson, Berkeley, and/or Morgan counties. An emphasis will be placed on programs that promote inter-county collaborative efforts, increase community knowledge, serve high-need populations, and/or focus on underserved towns or counties. Grant range: $1,000 to $2,000
Apply Here: Housing Action Fund – Grant Application
Joan Roach Volunteer Fund for the Needy – Human Welfare Grants will be awarded to support Eastern Panhandle programs that provide assistance to sick, needy, dependent, neglected, or disadvantaged persons. Grant range: $1,000 to $2,000
Don and Polly Roach “Friends of Animals” Free Spay & Neuter Fund – will award grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that focus on Animal Rescue in the Eastern Panhandle and work with local veterinarians to help pet owners who cannot afford to spay or neuter their cat or dog. Grant range: $500 to $1,000
Partnership for Affordable Housing Fund – Grants that support housing activities in Jefferson County that benefit households at or below the median household income for Jefferson County. Funding for Feasibility studies for housing serving the target group, assistance with security deposits for low-income renters, materials & equipment for a homeless shelter, financial assistance for purchasing or rehabbing a home, and more may be considered. General guidelines to follow would be the eligible housing activities under two HUD-funded programs CDBG & HOME. Charitable organizations, including nonprofit housing developers, Community Organizations registered as nonprofit with the State of West Virginia, local governments including their subsidiaries within Jefferson County, and religious institutions serving Jefferson County, may apply. Grant range: $1,000 to $3,000
Helen Parker Willard Fund – Historic Cemetery Grants will be awarded to Jefferson County 501(c)(13) historic cemeteries and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with a strict adherence to the following purposes; maintenance, repair, and restoration of monuments, headstones, and grave markers of historical or architectural significance to the community, emphasizing notable Civil War-era history; preservation, beautification, and maintenance of abandoned or deteriorating graves of deceased persons, focusing on areas open to the public, and/or maintenance of semipublic areas that lessen the burden of government. Grant range: $1,000 to $5,000