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Community Grants Fund

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits for Education,
Transportation, and Workforce Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty (CFWCL)

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Deadline Date:

06/29/18 - Transportation


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Grants of up to $30,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life in West Chester and Liberty Township. Applicants must participate in a pre-application phone call between May 7 and May 10. Program areas include education, transportation, and workforce development.

The CFWCL prioritizes grant requests that align with the three areas of focus identified by the 2017 Community Needs Assessment – education, transportation, and workforce development. The Community Grants Fund operates in three cycles throughout the year. Each cycle will focus on a particular area, as identified below.

Education (spring grant cycle):
-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 grant cycle):

-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 grant cycle):
-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 501(c)3 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.

Reporting requirements from previous grant awards received from the CFWCL must by fulfilled prior to submitting another grant request.

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-proposal Conference:

Applicants must participate in a pre-application phone interview during the dates specified above. You will be notified after the call if you should proceed in the application process.

Summer Cycle: Pre-application phone call: May 7 – May 10

Fall Cycle: Pre-application phone call: Aug. 13 – Aug. 16

Pre-Application Information:

A one-page program description, after the phone call, must be submitted.

Please plan to upload electronic copies on all supporting documentation through the application portal.

Spring Cycle:
-Funding focus: Education
-Pre-application phone call: Jan. 15 - Jan. 18
-Pre-application summary: Feb. 2
-Submission deadline: March 9, 2018
-Notification date: May 2018

Summer Cycle:
-Funding focus: Transportation
-Pre-application phone call: May 7 – May 10
-Pre-application summary: May 25
-Submission deadline: June 29, 2018
-Notification date: September 2018

Fall Cycle:
-Funding focus: Workforce Development
-Pre-application phone call: Aug. 13 – Aug.16
-Pre-application summary: August 31
-Submission deadline: October 5, 2018
-Notification date: December 2018

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

8366 Princeton Glendale Rd., Suite A2
West Chester, OH 45069

P: 513.874.5450
F: 513.874.5472

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: West Chester and Liberty Township