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!
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.
PLEASE NOTE: All of our grant programs now utilize our new web-based applications. The best way to stay up-to-date about our grant opportunities and deadlines is to follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter!
From January 12th to February 16th 2024, applications for Animal Welfare, Housing, Healthcare, Human Welfare, Senior Citizens, and Historic Jefferson County Cemeteries will be accepted. These grants can range from $300 (Animal Welfare) to up to $12,000 (Senior), depending on the category, and will be awarded in late March.
From early June to early July, applications for our Youth and Education grants will be accepted. These grants will go towards organizations with programs and projects serving the youngest members of our community and supporting educational opportunities. Youth grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000; Education grants will range from $1,000 to $3,000. These will be awarded in early August.
From mid August to mid September, we will accept Two Rivers Giving Circle grant applications for programs related to natural resources conservation and historic preservation; and Berkeley County Industrial Park Development Fund grant applications which focus on workforce development, job training, business recruitment, and employability initiatives. Two Rivers grants go up to $2,000; BCIPD Fund grants range from $2,000 to $10,000. Both of these types of grants will be awarded in October.
From mid September to early October, 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. These grants will go up to $500 and be awarded in early November. Checks are made payable to the appropriate schools and given to the principal.
Finally, towards the end of the year, we will accept applications for our new Frank C. Fischer Veteran Fund grants from organizations across the Eastern Panhandle providing great services to Veterans in our area.
Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for one of our grants may do so by applying online using our new web-based application system!
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To file a grant report, please visit Grantee Reporting Forms and Information.