Designated Field of Interest, including Geographic Funds and the Women of Philanthropy Giving Circle Grants

Washington County Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 1, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Washington County, Pennsylvania

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The Washington County Community Foundation (WCCF) was initiated by community leaders to encourage charitable giving. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in Washington County by promoting and facilitating philanthropy.

Field of Interest Funds

Funds include:

Abernathy Fund for Conservation – (grants totaling $4,000) requests are accepted for conservation projects in Washington County;

Arts Fund – (one grant of $10,000) requests are accepted for arts education as well as arts appreciation, including the performing, visual and creative arts, as well as cultural and historic projects in Washington County;

Fund for Animal Care - (one grant of $250) requests are accepted for charitable projects that support the care of domesticated and undomesticated animals with preference given to animal care within the Claysville and Donegal Township area;

Kenneth & Mary Baker Fund - (one grant of $200) requests are accepted for charitable projects that support the arts in Washington County;

Craig Gnagey Memorial Fund – (one grant of $900) requests are accepted for youth projects benefiting the communities served by the Trinity and Washington School Districts;

Hart History Fund – (one grant of $1,000) requests are accepted for historic education and preservation projects in Washington County;

Miss Judy Hopson Arts Fund - (one grant of $300) requests are accepted for projects providing art services for the youth of Washington County;

McBride-McMaster Fund – (one grant of $4,000) requests are accepted for projects which support the needy or promote historic education or preservation;

James C. Miller Memorial Fund – (one grant of $150) requests are accepted for projects benefiting the victims of violent crimes and /or their families;

Malcolm L. Morgan Community Fund - (one grant of $700) requests are accepted for historic education and preservation projects in Washington County;

Neighborhood Drug Awareness Corps Fund – (one grant of $1,500) requests are accepted for community drug & alcohol prevention programs;

Community Endowment for Peters Township – (one grant of $3,000) requests are accepted for projects benefiting the community of Peters Township;

Judge Samuel L. Rodgers Fund – (one grant of $300) requests are accepted for literacy projects in Washington County;

Vitullo Family Fund – (one grant of $200) requests are accepted for charitable projects benefiting the community of Canonsburg;

Washington County Youth Conservation Camp Fund – (one grant of $150) requests are accepted for conservation projects, particularly those that educate youth about conservation;

Mother's Fund – (one grant of $10,000) requests are accepted for projects that benefit disadvantaged women and/or children in Washington County;

Women of Philanthropy Grants – (grants totaling $6,000) requests are accepted for projects that benefit disadvantaged women and/or children in Washington County, as well as other charitable activities in Washington County.

Vision Fund – (one grant of $500) requests are accepted for support of vision services in Washington County, with an emphasis on supporting visually-impaired youth from birth to age 18.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Foundation has adopted basic standards for grant eligibility as follows:
    • 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. 

Ineligibility:

  • The Foundation: 
    • Does not award grants to political candidates, for use in political campaigns or for lobbying of elected officials.
    • Does not support organizations that practice or advocate discrimination by race, color, creed, sex or national origin.
    • Does not make loans.
    • Does not make grants to individuals. Interested individuals are encouraged to work with and through existing incorporated not-for-profit entities.
    • Does not normally make grants to re-granting organizations or to private charities.
    • Does not normally make ongoing commitments, though a large grant may be spread out over more than one fiscal year.
    • Does not generally support land acquisition projects.
    • Discourages requests for routine projects, to pay off deficits, or for endowment funds.