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Community Nonprofit Pooled Fund Grant

Grants to Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia Nonprofits for Arts,
Community, Education, and Health in the Tri-State Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Shepherd University Foundation and Women Investing in Shepherd (WISH)

Deadline Date:

03/01/19 12:00 PM


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Grants to Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia nonprofits for programs that address critical needs in the tri-state community and strive to make a state or local impact. Projects may be in the categories of arts and culture, education, environment, health and wellness, and community and family.

WISH funds projects that address at least one of the following criteria:

- Responses to urgent and critical needs
- Bold new ventures; and/or
- New approaches to ongoing challenges

Applications are also accepted from students, staff, or faculty of Shepherd University. For the Shepherd University Learning Program, programs may be in the areas of academics, athletics, culture, or community service.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178114

Number of Grants:

Women Investing in Shepherd (WISH) is offering up to two community non-profit and up to two Shepherd University learning project grants for 2018.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each grant award for the 2019 cycle is estimated to be $30,750. Applicants must show a need for use of the entire high impact amount in a time span of no greater than three (3) years.

Term of Contract:

The grant application stipulates that the organization must expend the full amount of the WISH grant in a time span of no greater than three (3) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the grant from the community nonprofit pooled fund, a grantee must be a 501 (c) (3) organization and provide services in the following counties: Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, and Hampshire counties in WV; Frederick, Loudoun, and Clarke counties in VA; and Frederick and Washington counties in MD.

To be eligible for a grant from the Shepherd University pooled fund, a grantee must be recognized as an approved academic, athletic, cultural, or community service program carried out by students, faculty, and/or staff, and sanctioned by the supervising Vice President or Dean.

Applications from organizations that are part of a government agency will not be considered for a WISH grant.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit an online letter of inquiry (LOI) by March 1, 2019.

Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are requested as the initial step in the grant process. Submission of LOI does not guarantee formal consideration for funding. Only groups selected by the Grants committee will be invited to submit full proposals.

Request for Proposals will be issued by the end of March.

In May through June, the Foundation will select projects/organizations for further vetting, site visits, interviews, as well as conduct site visits and other due diligence.

In June through July, the Foundation will present projects to grants committee members, and the committee selects projects/organizations for ballot.

Contact Information:

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

Please e-mail (preferred) or print and mail one copy of the LOI, a copy of IRS Determination letter (nonprofits only), a signed Statement of Sanction (Shepherd University Learning Projects only), and all attachments to:

Shepherd University Foundation
PO Box 5000
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Meg Peterson
Phone: 304-876-5021

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland: Frederick and Washington Counties;   Virginia: Frederick, Loudoun, and Clarke Counties;   West Virginia: Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, and Hampshire Counties