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Community Grants Fund

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits for Transportation, Education, and
Workforce Development in West Chester and Liberty Township

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty (CFWCL)

Deadline Date:

09/20/19 - Deadline for Workforce Development applications


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations for projects and programs related to transportation, education, and workforce development in West Chester and Liberty Township. Applicants are required to contact the funding source prior to applying. Grants are intended to improve the quality of life for local residents.

The Community Grants Fund operates in three cycles throughout the year. Each cycle will focus on a particular area.

Education (spring cycle) grants: 

- Enhance educational opportunities for K-12 students in West Chester/Liberty

- Focus on improving K-3 reading proficiency

- Foster community engagement and school-community partnerships with Lakota Local Schools

- Address the widening achievement gap among students based on factors like socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity

Transportation (summer cycle) grants: 

- Increase community accessibility for residents who do not drive, or do not have access to a car.

- Provide micro-solutions to transportation barriers faced by key groups of citizens – the elderly, low-income, high school students.

- Focus on the development of biking and walking trails that connect different sections of the community.

Workforce Development (fall cycle) grants: 

- Develop workforce training programs based on local business needs, focusing on areas such as technical and manufacturing skills, to fill the growing number of available jobs in the area

- Provide solutions to barriers, particularly among the hourly wage earners, that prevent individuals from obtaining and holding a job including lack of transportation, childcare, and other personal obstacles.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159905

Estimated Size of Grant:

The CFWCL is seeking to fully-fund projects and programs up to $30,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible parties must be a tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and must be located in or provide services in West Chester or Liberty Township. 100% of services for the project or program for which you are applying must take place in West Chester or Liberty Township to be eligible for funding through the Community Grants Fund.

Organizations may only receive support through the Community Grants Fund once in a calendar year. If your initial application does not receive funding, you may resubmit the request in a subsequent grant cycle.

Other Limitations:
- Ongoing operations, overhead, operational deficits or debt reduction
- Endowments or scholarships
- Annual appeals, membership drives, or fundraising campaigns
- Sponsorships for events
- Partisan political advocacy or for lobbying purposes
- Programs or projects that result in duplication of services
- Organizations or projects that use grant funds to make grants to other organizations
- Raffles, bingo or gambling-related activities
- Programs that result in the duplication of services (collaborative efforts are strongly encouraged)

Pre-Application Information:

Interested organizations should contact Karen Gibbs for instructions on how to apply. All grant requests will be submitted online through the SmarterSelect application portal; please plan to upload electronic copies of all supporting documentation. Paper or email grant requests will not be accepted.


Spring deadline:
Funding focus: Education
Grant Submission Deadline: March 22

Summer deadline:
Funding focus: Transportation
Grant Submission Deadline: June 21

Fall deadline:
Funding focus: Workforce Development
Grant Submission Deadline: September 20

The Foundation advises that you contact the CFWCL upon submission to verify that your application was received.

Contact Information:

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

Karen Gibbs
Director of Programs & Marketing

Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty (CFWCL)
8366 Princeton Glendale Rd.
Suite A2
West Chester, OH 45069

513.874.5450 - phone
513.874.5472 - fax

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: West Chester and Liberty Township