Grants to Washington County, Pennsylvania
Nonprofits for Community Benefit Projects
Nonprofits for Community Benefit Projects
Foundation / Corporation
Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF)
Grants of up to $1,000 to Washington County, Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit the community in the areas of arts and humanities, education, environment and animal welfare, health and fitness, and human needs. Projects that promote interdenominational sharing and emphasize spiritual growth are also eligible.
Funding Areas Details:
- Arts and Humanities – Projects that benefit arts education and arts appreciation, including the performing, visual, and creative arts, as well as cultural and historic projects in the community.
- Education – Projects to enhance the education experience for persons of any age, including literacy and lifelong learning.
- Environment and Animal Welfare – Projects to protect the environment and to ensure biodiversity, including conservation, protection of ecosystems, agricultural projects, protection of wildlife, and the care of domesticated animals.
- Health and Fitness – Projects that promote the physical and emotional health of the community, including medical services, counseling, fitness, and wellness programs.
- Human Needs – Projects that give aid, comfort, support or assistance to children and youth, senior citizens, or the indigent.
- Religious / Faith Based – Projects that promote interdenominational sharing and understanding and that emphasize the importance of spiritual growth and development.
Particular consideration will be given to applicants which:
- Improve the effectiveness of existing organizations. Proposals to establish new charities will receive particular scrutiny.
- Encourage inter-agency cooperation. Proposals from multiple applicants which address a single community issue are encouraged.
- Have multiple funding sources. Multiple funding sources help validate a proposal. Normally, the Foundation will not be the only source of support for a particular project.
- Have a broad impact upon the community.
- Leverage additional money as a challenge grant.
- Enable an existing organization to establish a new project.
Grant requests should be limited to $1,000.
The Foundation does not normally make ongoing commitments, though a large grant may be spread out over more than one fiscal year.
- Applicant organization should be legally constituted and exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation may, from time to time, and at its sole discretion, consider applications from non 501(c)(3) entities provided that the nature of the project clearly is charitable in nature.
- Applicant organization must have a charter and/or by-laws which clearly define the organization’s purpose, structure, and the duties, authority and responsibilities of the governing body of the organization.
- Applicant organization must have a duly constituted volunteer Board of Directors which meets regularly and has full power to establish operating policy; to employ and dismiss employees; to control and be responsible for other groups operating in or using the name of the organization; to enter into contracts; and to acquire, manage and dispose of real and capital properties obtained in the name of the organization.
- Applicant organization must demonstrate that it is fiscally responsible and that it is in compliance with all legal requirements of legislative bodies.
- Applicant organization must adhere to a policy mandating that all of the income of the organization be used for its particular stated charitable purposes and none for its members.
- Applicant organization should seek to assure accountability, operating efficiency and responsiveness to community needs.
- Applicant organization should publish an annual report which provides its goals, objectives, services, and such financial information as required by the PA Charitable Purposes Act for that organization.
- Applicant organization must operate a project which meets a demonstrated and documented need and which can be carried out principally within the county of Washington, Pennsylvania. Grants from Donor Advised Funds are permitted to benefit communities outside of Washington County.
The Foundation does not:
- Award grants to political candidates, for use in political campaigns or for lobbying of elected officials
- Support organizations that practice or advocate discrimination by race, color, creed, sex or national origin
- Make loans
- Make grants to individuals. Interested individuals are encouraged to work with and through existing incorporated not-for-profit entities
- Normally make grants to re-granting organizations or to private charities
- Normally make ongoing commitments, though a large grant may be spread out over more than one fiscal year
- Generally support land acquisition projects.
The Foundation discourages requests for routine projects, to pay off deficits, or for endowment funds.
Particular consideration will be given to applicants which have multiple funding sources. Multiple funding sources help validate a proposal. Normally, the Foundation will not be the only source of support for a particular project.
Application review criteria:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Betsie Trew, President & CEO
Phone: (724) 222-6330
Online contact form:
The Washington County Community Foundation
1253 Route 519
P.O. Box 308
Eighty Four, PA 15330
USA: Pennsylvania: Washington County
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