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Grant Application Deadline February 15

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates of Doddridge County, Ritchie County, and the Little Kanawha Area (PACF) is currently accepting applications for grants for the spring cycle of its Community Action Grants Program.  The Foundation’s application process is online; the application deadline is midnight on February 15. Organizations apply to the Foundation and/or any of the affiliates on the same online application form, the Foundation’s Community Action Grants Application.  To access the online application form, visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Grants.

The PACF also announces that it has launched a new platform for online applications. To learn about the new application process and to hear updates on the Foundation’s grantmaking priorities, organizations are invited to attend one of two free webinars offered by the PACF in January:

  • Wednesday, January 13, 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 19, 10:00 a.m.

To register, send an e-mail to marian.clowes@pacfwv.com. Registrants will be provided with a Zoom link for the webinar.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution.  Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio). Priority counties for grant support are: Wood, Wirt, Doddridge, Ritchie, Roane, Calhoun, and Gilmer.

The Foundation provides support for capital and equipment projects, program development, technical assistance, training, capacity building projects, and, under special circumstances, operating support.  Submitted applications are considered for support from a wide variety of grant funds available to support charitable projects throughout the region.

The Foundation’s grantmaking guidelines provide additional information on eligibility and priorities for all types of grants; visit the Foundation’s website at to access the grant guidelines and application forms. For more information, contact Marian Clowes at 304-428-4438.

Lewis County Community Foundation Fund Created to Support Area

Teach and encourage philanthropy, promote community development, inspire leadership, and deliver meaningful long-term impact in Lewis County.  Those are the goals of a group of area residents who have partnered together to create the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund.  

The Lewis County Community Foundation Fund is a permanent endowment in which the principal remains intact and invested, forever, generating earnings to help support Lewis County needs.  Annually, an advisory committee of Lewis County residents will award a portion of the Fund’s earnings as grants to local organizations and causes.  The fund founders have established the Fund within the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), a nationally accredited, highly regarded, and widely supported public charity with more than 57 years of experience. 

“Partnering with the PACF to manage this Fund just makes sense,” said Agnes Queen, a founder of the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund.  “The PACF stepped-up earlier in the year to secure $12,000 in COVID-19 relief funding for six area agencies. The PACF has had successful relationships with Doddridge and Ritchie counties, and those of the Little Kanawha Area (Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt counties) for more than twenty years now.  The benefits of our partnership include significant cost advantages for administrative, management, and investment purposes.  At the same time, it will allow our advisory committee to focus our own efforts on development and grantmaking specifically for Lewis County.”

The initial three founders and advisory committee members of the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund include Agnes Queen, Ray Smith, and Rod Wyman.  To encourage others to give to support the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund, donors who support the Fund between now and January 31, 2021 will be recognized as founders of the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund.  Donations may also be made anonymously or in memory/honor of a special person.

“We’re excited to form this endowment for our county,” say Ray Smith.  “This Fund enables individuals who want to make a difference in Lewis County the opportunity to make a gift that will make an impact now and forever.  We’re planning for the future.”

Recently recognized as a Blueprint Community, Lewis County community leaders are working to make a lasting impact on the economic well-being and quality of life for fellow residents; the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund is one of their outcomes.

“We know there are both needs and opportunities in Lewis County,” said Rod Wyman.  “This Fund will allow local citizens to collaborate and to direct resources that will address these issues.  Our results can be significant when we work together and join our efforts for the greater good.”

Individuals who wish to make a tax-deductible donation to support the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund may send a check made payable to the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund or to the PACF with the Fund name on the memo line and mailed to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102 or made online at www.pacfwv.com/donate.  Individuals with questions may contact Julie Posey, PACF’s Development and Communications Officer, at 304-428-4438.

Special Tax Deduction Helps Individuals Give to Charity

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation reminds taxpayers of a special new provision that will allow individuals to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities this year.  Following Internal Revenue Service tax law changes, cash donations of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020 are now deductible when individuals file their taxes in 2021.

Our region’s charities are diligently working to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Julie Posey, Development and Communications Officer for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF).   "We want to remind the community that we’re still seeking support for our Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund, which are our region’s two COVID-19 relief funds designed to provide meaningful support our area agencies and individuals.”

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes several temporary tax changes helping charities, including the special $300 deduction designed especially for people who choose to take the standard deduction, rather than itemizing their deductions.  Under this new change, individual taxpayers can claim an "above-the-line" deduction of up to $300 for cash donations made to charity during 2020.  This deduction lowers both adjusted gross income and taxable income – translating into tax savings for those making donations to qualifying tax-exempt organizations.

Cash donations include those made by check, credit card, or debit card.  They don't include securities, household items, or other property.

“100% of what is given to support the Foundation’s COVID-19 relief funds will be returned to our community,” said Posey.  “Because of the work of the PACF and these two funds, we’re able to quickly and resourcefully allocate funding into our region.”

Individuals who wish to make a donation to the PACF and/or one of its COVID-19 relief funds that qualifies for this special tax deduction may send a check made payable to the “PACF” mailed to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102 (postmarked by 12/31/20) or make a gift online (made by 12/31/20).  Individuals with questions may contact the PACF at 304-428-4438. 

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