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In-Kind Grants of Tax Vouchers to West Virginia Nonprofits Serving Low-Income Residents

Neighborhood Investment Program


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Funding Source
West Virginia Development Office
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Geographic Focus
USA: West Virginia

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/30/23 Save

Grant Description
In-kind grants to West Virginia nonprofit organizations serving low-income residents. Grantees will receive tax vouchers that they may distribute to donors. The purpose of this program is to promote charitable giving and to increase the capacity of local organizations. Additionally, funding is intended to create local partnerships between nonprofits and businesses and to encourage charitable organizations to support community development activities. Eligible project types include neighborhood assistance, community service, crime prevention, job training and education, and other projects that serve low-income individuals and distressed areas.

When awarded, the organization can distribute the vouchers to business and individuals who contribute a minimum of $500 to organizations, receiving up to 50% in tax credit, allowing the donor or corporation to reduce their West Virginia tax liability no more than 50%. Contributions can be in the form of cash, personal property, real estate, stock and in-kind professional services. 

 Preference will be given to organizations that:

  • Offer emergency assistance
  • Are community based
  • Are direct needs
  • Serve highly distressed neighborhoods or communities
  • Serve primarily low-income individuals
  • Collaborate with other organizations
  • Are novel, creative or unique in approach
  • Have a history of maintaining low administrative costs
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver the proposed services
  • Demonstrate a strong need for the proposed services

NIP Project Types

  • Neighborhood Assistance is the provision of financial assistance, labor, materials, and/or technical advice in the physical or economic improvement of the project location. Neighborhood Assistance also includes providing technical advice to promote higher employment in the area.
  • Community Service is to provide at no charge: a) Any type of counseling, b) Emergency assistance or medical care, c) Recreational or housing facilities, d) Economic development assistance, or e) Community technical assistance and capacity building.
  • Crime Prevention includes any project whose aim is to reduce crime.
  • Job Training and Education is to provide instruction to individuals within the project area that enables them to acquire the vocational skills needed to become employed or to seek a higher grade of employment. This type of project would also include any other forms of scholastic instruction with the exceptions of physical training, physical conditioning, sports training, and sports camps.
  • Other Project Types are those that would meet the overall goals of the NIP--serving low-income individuals and distressed areas. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Non-profit organizations apply annually to the West Virginia Development Office (WVDO). The applicant must be registered with the Secretary of State as a 501(c)3, have a letter from the IRS stating they are non-profit, serve citizens in the state of West Virginia, have a local board, submit various financial documentation and attend a mandatory workshop to apply by June 30th each year.

Pre-Application Information
Applications will only be accepted in the online format. Applications and attachments are due on or before June 30.

All certified projects will receive an email notification of their award amount by September 1st.

The organizations pay a 3% fee on the donation, which offsets the administrative costs of NIP.


Number of Grants
Up to 200 projects may receive an initial allocation.

Estimated Size of Grant
- $3 million in tax credit is allocated annually.
- The maximum initial award allowed is $50,000, however, it may be a little less.
- The base award is $2,500 or the amount requested if lower or penalized.
- The minimum donation eligible to receive tax credit is $500, and the maximum total annual NIP eligible donation is $200,000.
- The maximum tax credit allowed in any one year to any donor is $100,000.

Term of Contract
Funding Cycle: July 1 to June 30

Contact Information
Apply online:

Cathy L. Durham, Grant Management Specialist

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