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Revitalizing Westmoreland Grants Program

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Groups in Eligible Regions for Community Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County

Conf. Date:

01/31/20

Deadline Date:

02/28/20 11:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $40,000 Pennsylvania nonprofits, government agencies, faith-based and neighborhood organizations, and civic and community groups to improve infrastructure and benefit communities in eligible regions. Funding is intended to support small and medium-size capital projects in Westmoreland County. In 2020, funding priority will be placed on communities that have a majority of households with low to moderate income levels.

Revitalizing Westmoreland will provide unique opportunities for community benefit organizations and residents to create change and to improve the quality of life in Westmoreland County. 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
  • Connect projects to formal and informal community benefit plans as well as the county comprehensive plan, Reimagining Our Westmoreland.

Examples of eligible projects:

  • Main Street Initiatives
  • Façade Improvement Programs
  • Streetscape or Planter Programs
  • Beautification Programs
  • Public Art
  • Green Space Developments
  • Playgrounds
  • ADA Compliance Projects
  • Residential Stabilization Initiatives

For information about the characteristics of successful projects, see: https://cfwestmoreland.org/sites/default/files/RW%202020%20Grant%20Guidelines%20FINAL.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 $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Funds must be expended and projects completed by July 1, 2020.

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. 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
- Public schools
- Individuals
- Political groups
- Religious organization for religious purposes
- Businesses

Examples of ineligible projects and expenditures:
- 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An RFP info session will be held on Jauary 15 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Community Foundation of Westmoreland County
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center
951 Old Salem Rd.
Greensburg, PA 15601

An RFP info session conference call will be held on January 17 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM:
Call: 877-977-1977
Participant code 3138569#

RSVP for information sessions with Allison Womer (see details below).

Two Consultation Open Houses will be held as follows:
Jan. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Community Foundation of Westmoreland County
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center
951 Old Salem Rd.
Greensburg, PA 15601

Jan. 31 from 9 to 11 a.m.
Community Foundation of Westmoreland County
Greensburg Garden and Civic Center
951 Old Salem Rd.
Greensburg, PA 15601

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications are due by 11:00 PM on February 28, 2020
- Grantees will be announced on March 27, 2020

Applications must be submitted online through the online application portal.

Only one application per organization can be submitted.

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.

Please note, staff of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County will be available from January 6 to February 21 to consult with applicants and conduct site visits as scheduling permits.

How to apply: https://cfwestmoreland.org/how-to-apply

Mapping tool for eligibility: https://arcg.is/5WCmL

Contact Information:

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

Online grant portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=pittsburgh

For technical assistance regarding the use of the online application please contact Jennifer Steinmetz at SteinmetzJ@pghfdn.org or 412-391-5122 x 272.

For questions and guidance regarding the application please contact Phil Koch, Executive Director at PKoch@cfwestmoreland.org.

RSVP for Information Sessions:
Allison Womer
awomer@cfwestmoreland.org

Community Foundation of Westmoreland County
951 Old Salem Rd,
Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: 724 836 4400

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Westmoreland County

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