The Foundation's Spring Community Action Grant Cycle is now closed. The next application deadline is September 1, 2013. Please note that our application process is now an online process.
Info for Grant Seekers - Community Action Grant Program
Our Community's Foundation works to meet the needs of the communities that we serve through the Community Action Grants program, a competitive grant application process. Community Action Grants help organizations by supporting vital projects in the fields of Arts and Culture, Education, Health and Human Services, Community and Economic Development, Youth and Family Services and Recreation.
Please use your time wisely - verify that your organization and/or project is eligible for a Foundation grant BEFORE submitting an application.
Steps in the Community Action Grant Process
- Review the Quick Eligibility Quiz below to confirm that your organization may be eligible to request a grant.
- Read the detailed Guidelines to learn about the process and to ensure that your project qualifies for consideration.
- Once you have confirmed that it is appropriate to submit an application, click on the link to the online application.
PACF and the Affiliates use a common, online grant application and coordinated grant process; applicants complete this one form to be considered by all entities that are part of the foundation.
Our staff is available to help you to understand the grants process, to assist you with any questions you may have about the online application, and for presentations to groups on topics such as grant proposal writing, as time permits. To request help, use the Contact Us link on the top of this page to communicate with the Program and Development Officer, to whom all inquiries related to Foundation grants, regardless of the applicant's location, should be directed.
Quick Eligibility Quiz for Community Action Grant Seekers
- Will the application be made on behalf of an organization or an individual?
The Foundation does not make grants to individuals except students who may qualify for Scholarship consideration. If you represent an organization, please proceed to Question 2.
- Is your organization a private, non-profit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a public institution (school, municipality/government, church, for example)?
We can only make grants for purposes that legally qualify as “charitable." If your organization is a 501(c)(3) organization or a public institution, please proceed to Question 3. In certain circumstances, the Foundation may be able to consider requests from other types of organizations provided they are undertaking qualified charitable projects; organizations in this situation must contact the Foundation's program officer to discuss their project and tax status before applying.
- Is your organization or the program/project you propose for funding physically located in or serve residents of one (or more) of the following Foundation service area counties: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Pleasants, Mason, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, Wood (West Virginia); or Washington County, Ohio?
Our Community Action Grants program does not make grants to organizations/programs outside of the Foundation’s service region. If your organization or if the program/project you propose for funding is physically within or serves people who reside in one or more of the listed counties, please review our Guidelines to learn more about types of funding available and consider making an Application. You may be eligible for consideration.
To access the grant guidelines and application form, click here.
Other Available Grant Funding
Organizations submitting requests through the Foundation’s Community Action Grant Program for projects benefitting Mason County will be considered for support from the Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation advised fund. No separate application form is required; however, due to the resources available through this advised fund, organizations requesting support for projects benefiting Mason County may be able to submit requests in excess of $10,000 but must contact the Foundation’s Program Officer in the Central Office to discuss the request prior to submission.
Two Foundation affiliates have unique educational support opportunities available in the fall grant cycle. Through the O. Eugene and Mary Scott Smith Fund, the Ritchie County Community Foundation Affiliate (RCCF) has funds available to support professional development or post-graduate studies (i.e. coursework beyond undergraduate studies) for Ritchie County educators, as identified by Ritchie County schools, and/or for academic school improvement needs of Ritchie County schools. Ritchie County Schools apply for grants for these purposes using the online Community Action Grant Application form.
The Mason County Community Foundation Affiliate (MCCF) has funds available to provide mini-grants of up to $1,000 to Mason County Schools through the Dickens Family Fund for Mason County Schools to support teacher-initiated educational projects and programs that benefit Mason County students. Up to three teachers from each school in Mason County may apply for mini-grants; the applications must be submitted through the school. Mason County teachers apply for these grants using the Foundation's mini-grant application form.
Through the Ruth Hornbrook Fund, the Foundation makes grants annually to humane socieities in West Virginia. The focus of this grant program is to support humane education programs and shelter renovations. Funds are not available for spay/neutuer programs. The application deadline is March 1.
Through the Proclaimers Gospel Quartet Fund for Christian Youth, the Foundation makes grants annually to support Christian youth and Christian youth groups in need of financial assistance in order to attend or participate in Christian service-related events. Grants may be made, for example, for attendance at Christian camps, or for participation in educational events or church or community service activities. Please note that persons or groups assisted from this fund generally shall only be eligible every fifth year following receipt of aid. Applications must be submitted through a church, faith-based organization, or non-profit organization.The application period is open from February 1 through June 1.
To access the application form for these programs, click here.