EWVCF Awards a Wide Variety of Grants
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 grantmaking 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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Grants from Field of Interest Funds
Many donors have established field of interest funds to help support favorite causes in perpetuity. Through a competitive grant application process, our field of interest funds award grants to 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 include Youth, Education, Housing, Healthcare, Human Welfare, Workforce Development, Job Training, Natural Resources Conservation, and Historic Preservation.
Applying for a Field of Interest Grant and Reporting on a Grant Received
The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation accepts applications for a variety of competitive grant programs throughout the year. To apply for a grant, please visit EWVCF Competitive Grant Programs.
From May through July, applications are accepted for our Berkeley County Industrial Park Development Fund grants which focus on workforce development, job training, business recruitment, and employability initiatives. These reimbursable grants generally range from $2,000 to $10,000 and are awarded in August.
In late summer we accept Two Rivers Giving Circle grant applications for programs related to natural resources conservation and historic preservation. The Two Rivers Giving Circle grants are awarded in November.
In September (during normal years), PreK through grade 12 teachers from public schools in the three Eastern Panhandle counties are encouraged to submit applications for our Mini-Grants to Teachers program. With schools facing great challenges and much uncertainty in 2020, we have decided to postpone the Mini-Grants to Teachers until early 2021. 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.
Instead of Mini-Grants to Teachers in 2020, this year we will be holding a second round of Youth and Education Grants in the early fall. From mid-September to late October, applications for competitive grants related to Youth and Education will be accepted, and grants for these programs will be awarded in late November.
In February and March, applications for Housing, Healthcare, Human Welfare, Senior Citizens, and Historic Cemeteries are accepted.
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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To file a grant report please visit Grantee Reporting Forms and Information.