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Responsive Grantmaking Program

Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits in the Kanawha Valley
for Arts and Culture and Basic Needs Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF)

LOI Date:

10/01/18

Deadline Date:

10/29/18 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to West Virginia nonprofits and government agencies for arts and culture and basic needs programs in the Kanawha Valley area. Applicants must discuss their project idea with a staff member at least two to three months before the first draft due date of January 8.

For the purposes of these grants, the Kanawha Valley area includes Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Clay, Lincoln, and Fayette Counties. Applicants must address one of the funding source's three goals in education, health, or civic engagement and community building. Applicants must also demonstrate their ability to build one or more forms of community wealth.

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 we define 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:

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 timespan.

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

The following items are generally not funded:

- National or statewide proposals that do not focus on our 6-county service area
- Organizations’ general operating budgets
- Annual campaigns or membership drives
- School uniform purchases
- Consultants, consultant fees, conference or workshop speakers
- Staff costs only
- Individuals, student aid, or fellowships
- Endowments
- Religious activities
- Purchases prior to the grant decision/reimbursements
- Debt retirement/reduction
- Passenger vans for transportation to activities
- Individual school classrooms or individual schools that do not enact a system-wide or county change
- Individual athletic organizations (i.e. school boosters, community-based leagues, etc.)
- Requests that are more than 25% of the agency’s (or combined agencies’) annual budget(s)
- Requests that include indirect costs exceeding 10%
- Requests from organizations that have one year or more of their expected annual budget available in unrestricted reserves (such as an operating fund, endowment, and/or any special purpose funds)
- Any organization that discriminates on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief
- Please note that an organization may be the lead applicant on one application per year

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are invited to apply on a rolling basis. Applicants must work with a program officer prior to applying. Funding decisions will be made quarterly (March, June, September, December) by the Board of Trustees.

At least two to three months 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 and community building, the applicant may apply through the competitive, responsive process.

Applications must be submitted by 4pm on the days that they are due.

Timeline for Drafts for all Proposals:

- January 8, 2018: Draft Proposals due by 4:00 pm for the First Quarter
- April 9, 2018: Draft Proposals due by 4:00 pm for the Second Quarter
- July 9, 2018: Draft Proposals due by 4:00 pm for the Third Quarter
- October 1, 2018: Draft Proposals due by 4:00 pm for the Fourth Quarter

Timeline for all Proposals:

- February 5, 2018: Invited full applications due by 4:00 pm for First Quarter Consideration
- May 7, 2018: Invited full applications due by 4:00 pm for Second Quarter Consideration
- August 6, 2018: Invited full applications due by 4:00 pm for Third Quarter Consideration
- October 29, 2018: Invited full application due by 4:00 pm for Fourth Quarter Consideration

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

Helpful Links:

- FAQs: https://tgkvf.org/grants/grantmaking-faqs/
- Forms and resources: https://tgkvf.org/grants/forms-and-resources/
- Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download additional information.

Contact Information:

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

Staff Contact:

Sheri Ryder, Senior Program Officer
Email: sryder@tgkvf.org

General Contact Information:

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
1600 Huntington Square
900 Lee St. E., Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: 304-346-3620
Fax: 304-346-3640
Email: tgkvf@tgkvf.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia: Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Clay, Lincoln, and Fayette Counties