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Responsive Grantmaking Program

Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies
to Address Basic Needs and Support the Arts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF)

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Deadline Date:

10/25/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to West Virginia nonprofit organizations and government entities for projects and programs that benefit the local community in eligible counties. Applicants must discuss their proposal with the Funding Source at least several months prior to submitting an application draft. Proposals must be in the area of basic needs or arts and culture. Projects should serve Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Clay, Lincoln, and/or Fayette counties.

All applicants must demonstrate their ability to build one or more forms of community wealth.  For more information about community wealth, see Discovering the 7 Forms of Community Wealth document in Supporting Documents below, and

Arts & Culture Responsive Grantmaking

TGKVF believes that arts and cultural activities are integral to a community’s success. Arts & Culture priority will be given to organizations seeking to increase opportunities for marginalized communities to participate in diverse and artistic experiences and particularly those that foster creativity, self-expression, and cross-cultural exchange.  Those projects that demonstrate their ability to achieve measurable results and involve goal-oriented, flexible partnerships among nonprofit, public, and private sectors will also be prioritized.

Basic Needs Responsive Grantmaking

TGKVF believes that without caring for its residents’ basic needs, a community is incapable of thriving.  For this reason, the Foundation will continue to support basic needs projects through a competitive, responsive grantmaking process.  Basic needs, as the Foundation defines them, are shelter, food, and clothing.

Basic Needs priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate the potential to expand or deepen their impact or those that are already achieving measureable impact. Efforts that involve goal-oriented, flexible partnerships among the nonprofit, public, and private sectors are most compelling.  Initiatives that take a long-term view of what is required to move people and places out of poverty will also be prioritized.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171490

Estimated Size of Grant:

- There is a wide range of awarded grant dollar amounts. Applicants should request the amount that is actually needed to successfully complete the proposed project.
- Applicants may request up to 25% of the lead organization’s annual operating budget (or collaborative organizations’ combined operating budgets). Please remember that an applicant cannot ask for 100% of the proposed project.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects typically have a one-year time-span.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Be 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations or public government entities as determined by the IRS
- Demonstrate their ability to build community wealth
- Exhibit multi-agency collaboration
- Serve Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Clay, Lincoln, and/or Fayette counties

For a list of Grantmaking Exclusions, see Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Before applying, applicants must discuss their intended project with a program officer; if, after this discussion, it is determined that the project in question does not align with one of TGKVF’s three goals in education, health, or civic engagement & community building, the applicant may apply through the competitive, responsive process. A TGKVF program officer will send you a link to the correct application if the project fits within TGKVF’s grantmaking focus.

Application and Review Sequence and Flow:
- Applicants are invited to apply on a rolling basis
- Applicants must work with a program officer prior to applying
- Applications are reviewed by the Distribution Committee which makes funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees
- Funding decisions will be made quarterly (March, June, September, December) by the Board of Trustees

Quarterly Timeline for All Draft Proposals (Invited draft applications due by 4:00pm):
- Q1: January 6, 2021
- Q2: April 5, 2021
- Q3: July 7, 2021
- Q4: September 27, 2021

Quarterly Timeline for All Final Proposals (Due by 4:00 pm)
- Q1: February 1, 2021
- Q2: May 3, 2021
- Q3: August 2, 2021
- Q4: October 25, 2021

For a detailed proposal timeline, see 2021 Grant Timeline in Supporting Documents below.

Applicant organizations must have some type of match, whether in-kind or cash, to help fund projects.

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Contact Information:

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

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
1600 Huntington Square
900 Lee St. E., Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-346-3620
Fax: 304-346-3640

Education & Art Projects
Stephanie Hyre
Senior Program Officer

Basic Needs and Special Initiatives Projects
Derek Vance
Program Officer

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