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Revitalizing Westmoreland Grants Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Groups, Municipalities, and
Faith-Based Organizations for Capital Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Conf. Date:

03/04/21

Deadline Date:

03/26/21 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, groups, municipalities, and faith-based organizations to improve the quality of life in eligible regions. Funding is intended for small to mid-sized capital projects. Programs serving vulnerable populations will be given priority. Eligible projects must benefit residents of Westmoreland County.

The program was created to engage, educate, strengthen, and improve the quality of life for residents of the county through funding that promotes Westmoreland County as a clean, safe, and productive place to live. Additionally, it was developed to stimulate partnerships between neighborhood residents, business associations, civic groups, nonprofits, and local government. 

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the needs of vulnerable populations in the county while helping to develop the places in which they live. In 2021, funding priority will be placed on communities which have a majority of households with low to moderate income levels.

Goals of the program include:

  • Create partnerships between municipalities, community benefit organizations, and residents,
  • Leverage funds through matching dollars,
  • Expand infrastructure, resources, capital upgrades, and assets that are a catalyst for additional community improvements, and/or
  • Connect projects to formal and informal community benefit plans as well as the county comprehensive plan, "Reimagining Our Westmoreland". 

Eligible projects:

  • Demonstrate Transformational Characteristics
  • Include Collaboration
  • Connect to a Formal or Informal Plan

For more detail about the above and examples of eligible projects, see: https://cfwestmoreland.org/sites/default/files/Final%20RW%202021%20Grant%20Guidelines.pdf#page=4

For information about the characteristics of a successful project, see: https://cfwestmoreland.org/sites/default/files/Final%20RW%202021%20Grant%20Guidelines.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149400

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grant awards typically range in size from $2,000 to $40,000.
- Historically, the average grant size has been $20,000.

Term of Contract:

- Funds will be distributed directly to organizations by May 15, 2021.
- Funds must be expended, and projects completed, by June 1, 2022.
- Any costs incurred before the start of the project are not reimbursable.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organizations
- Cities, Townships, Boroughs, or Municipalities
- Community Development Corporations
- Faith-Based Organizations
- Civic or Community Groups
- Neighborhood Organizations

Any city/neighborhood-based group is eligible to apply, even if they are not an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Groups without nonprofit status will need to partner with a 501(c)(3) group or a local governmental entity to serve as the Fiscal Agent (see below).
A Fiscal Agent must:
- Be a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (or a local governmental entity) and in good standing with the IRS
- Provide a letter indicating a willingness to function as a fiscal agent, and
- Provide a 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter.

Revitalizing Westmoreland will not provide grants to:
- For-profit entities
- Individuals
- Political Groups
- Religious Organization for Religious Purposes
- Individual Businesses (unless they are working in collaboration)

Ineligible projects:
- Capital Campaigns
- Endowment Funds
- Lobbying
- Operating or Administrative Support
- Human Services Programs
- Community Programs, Grassroots Organizing, or Public Service Activities
- Computers, Printers, or Office Technology
- Staff Support for Governmental Units or Public Agencies
- Salaries/Wages, including Fringe Benefits
- Scholarships

- Organizations may not use grant funds to support inherently religious activities such as evangelism, worship, or religious instruction.
- Individuals businesses may not apply if the intention of the grant is to solely benefit that specific business.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Community RFP Information Sessions (virtual):
Session 1: February 2, 2021 from 4:00-5:00 PM
Register at:
https://pghfdn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqfuygqT4jEtWBQQu21fzAS_CFHF--EsGI

Session 2: Feb 11 from 10:00-11:00 AM
Register at:
https://pghfdn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpc-CoqDosEte1LekkMEDK0SgNjXvE87T_

Consultation Open Houses (Virtual) - February 23 from 1:00-4:00 PM; March 4 from 9:00 AM to Noon. Consultations will be pre-scheduled in 30-minute increments. Please email Allison Womer to schedule a 30-minute session during one of the listed dates. Requests must be made at least 24 hours before the consultation window block.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: March 26, 11:59 PM

Dates and times subject to change.
- RFP Released and Application Process Opens - January 19
- Please note, the staff of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County will be available from January 19 – March 19 to consult with applicants and conduct site visits as scheduling permits.
- RFP Info Sessions (Virtual) - February 2 from 4:00-5:00 PM; February 11, from 10:00-11:00AM
- Consultation Open Houses (Virtual) - February 23 from 1:00-4:00 PM; March 4 from 9:00 AM to Noon.
- Applications due - March 26
- Grants announced - April 30

- Applications must be submitted online through the online application portal.
- For technical assistance, please contact Jennifer Steinmetz.
- For questions about the application itself, please contact Phil Koch, Vice President of Policy and Community Impact for the Pittsburgh Foundation.
- Only one application per organization can be submitted.

Please use the following mapping tool to verify if your Revitalizing Westmoreland project falls
within these identified areas - https://arcg.is/5WCmL
For instructions regarding the mapping tool, see: https://cfwestmoreland.org/sites/default/files/Final%20RW%202021%20Grant%20Guidelines.pdf#page=2

Organizations must provide match funding in the form of cash, volunteer hours, or in-kind support. The match requirement is $1 for every $2 awarded and must be secured before beginning the project.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=pittsburgh

Jennifer Steinmetz
SteinmetzJ@pghfdn.org
412-391-5122 x272

Phil Koch
Vice President of Policy and Community Impact for the Pittsburgh Foundation
kochp@pghfdn.org

Allison Womer
Administrative Assitant
awomer@cfwestmoreland.org

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County
41 W. Otterman Street, Suite 520
Greensburg, PA 15601
724 836 4400

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