Grant FAQs

What counties does the Foundation’s grantmaking cover? Are grants made outside of those counties?

The PACF's grant programs serve ten West Virginia counties (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood) and Washington County, Ohio.  Community Action Grants are not made outside of the service region.  

The PACF places priority for Community Action Grants to projects serving communities where the PACF is the only community foundation in operation - priority counties for the Foundation support are:  Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia.  

Some specialized grant programs, such as the Ruth Hornbrook Memorial Fund, may make grants to organizations located in other counties.  


If I live in an affiliate community should I complete separate forms for PACF and my Affiliate?

No. Complete just one application – the Community Action Grants Program Application, which is an online process. Once received, the Foundation will ensure that your request is reviewed by all appropriate entities, based on the location of your organization/project and on which entities have grant funds available.


Are grant applications from individuals accepted?

No. To receive a grant, an applicant must be a private, non-profit organization tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution, such as a public school or government agency. Requests from individuals are not accepted for Community Action Grants.

Does the Foundation make multi-year grants?

The Foundation is unlikely to make multi-year grants at the present time (the only exception is for operating support grants). If you would like to apply for multi-year support, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation’s Senior Program Officer to discuss your proposal prior to submission.

What is the largest grant that will be considered?

Generally, $15,000.  Requests for more than $15,000 may be considered for projects that are highly collaborative or have regional broad-scale impact; you must contact the Foundation’s Senior Program Officer prior to submitting a request in excess of $15,000. 


Does the Foundation focus its grant making? What types of things does it fund?

The Foundation provides grants in the following focus areas: Capital and Equipment Projects; Program Development; Technical Assistance, Training, and Capacity Building; and Operating Support (please note that the Foundation expects to award only a limited number of operating support grants).

Eligibility and review criteria are very different for the type of support requested, so please review the application Guidelines for Grantseekers (PDF) carefully before applying.

If my organization has multiple projects may I apply for more than one project?

An organization may submit only one application per grant cycle for support of projects directly related to its programs or operation. An organization may submit additional applications for community-based projects for which it is serving as a fiscal or sponsoring agent provided that it contacts the Foundation’s Senior Program Officer first, to discuss the sponsored project before submitting an application. If an organization receives a grant in one grant cycle for a project related directly to its programs or operations, it may submit a request in the subsequent cycle for a project for which it serves as fiscal or sponsoring agent (and vice versa).

If my organization has more than one site, with each having its own board, may we submit separate applications?

Possibly. Organizations who believe they meet this criterion must contact the Foundation staff prior to submission to discuss their eligibility to submit more than one application.

If my project was denied in a previous cycle, may I apply again for the same project?

Organizations that do not receive a grant in any grant cycle may apply one more time for the same project, but they must contact the Foundation to discuss their proposal prior to resubmission. If the Foundation declines to support a project twice, the organization may not submit another proposal for support of that particular project.

How do I access the online application?

Use the link provided on the Foundation’s Grants page to access the online application. You will need to create an account, with a user name and password, in order to begin your application. Once you create your account, you can access your application at any time. Return to your application using the same link and login information. You do not need to complete your application in one sitting. You may begin your application and then return at another time to complete it. Once you are satisfied that your application is complete, hit the submit button at the end of the application.

What happens if I forget my password?

If you no longer remember your password, click on the link to the online application, then when you "Login" enter your e-mail address and click on "Forgot Password?"  A reset link will be sent to that email address. 


How will I know if my online application has been received?

You will receive an e-mail confirmation from the Foundation upon receipt of your online application. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation of receipt, contact the Foundation to confirm receipt of your application.

What if I am not able to submit the application online?

Applications must be submitted online. If your organization believes that it is unable to complete the application online, due to technology limitations, please call the Foundation staff to discuss your situation.

May I submit the application late?

No. We will not accept applications submitted after the deadline.

Are grants considered at other times of the year?

The Foundation offers Special and Urgent Needs (SUN) Grants, up to $4,000, can be requested outside of the Community Action Grants Program cycle.



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