CFGC Community Grants

Community Foundation of Greene County


Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Next deadline: Oct 1, 2018 1:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Jun 1, 2019 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Greene County, Pennsylvania

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Mission

Our mission is to strengthen Greene County by building charitable endowments, maximizing benefits to donors, making effective grants and providing leadership to address community needs.

Vision

The Community Foundation of Greene County will partner with others to address current and emerging needs through leadership and philanthropy.

The storefront of the Community Foundation officeThe Community Foundation of Greene County (CFGC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation, was formed in 2000, by a group of citizens with a commitment to investing in the future of the community. The CFGC is the central philanthropic vehicle in Greene County for donations of various types and sizes and continually strive to serve the interests of our donors.

We maintain and enhance the educational, social, cultural, health and civic resources of the community through support of qualified nonprofit organizations. We serve as a leading catalyst and neutral convener to meet a wide range of community needs in Greene County. We are public and non-sectarian in our structure and governance and primarily support organizations that are not affiliated with a particular religious faith or denomination.

Focus

Recognizing that community life can be enhanced or improved in many different ways, CFGC supports projects and programs that improve the quality of life in Greene County, PA through: 

  • Produce from the Flenniken Library garden;
  • Animal welfare, agricultural, horticultural, environmental protection and/or beautification;
  • Arts, culture and humanities;
  • Community and economic development for public and societal benefit;
  • Education and literacy;
  • Health, fitness and safety ; and
  • Human needs.

Types of Grants

Community Grants are awarded from the Field of Interest Funds and other funds set aside by the CFGC Board of Directors from various discretionary funds, including, but not limited to:

  • The Good For Greene Fund, and
  • The Francis “Bob” Bradford Fund.

Community Grants from the Field of Interest Funds must meet the intended purpose of the specific fund. These funds include:

  • Discretionary Endowment Funds (Unrestricted) - These are the most flexible gifts that a donor makes. The Board of Directors is given discretion to make grants from annual earnings for a broad range of community needs. Discretionary (unrestricted) gifts enable the Community Foundation to respond to changing community needs from year to year while perpetuating donor generosity. The fund may be named after a donor, or become part of a common pool of similar gifts.
  • Field-of-Interest Endowment Funds - Field-of-Interest funds are established to support a class of charitable beneficiaries or institutions. A donor who establishes a field-of-interest fund may stipulate that a gift be directed to a particular field, such as assistance to children, support for the arts or energy conservation. In addition to limiting distribution to a particular “field,” donors may limit distribution of funds to a specific neighborhood or town within the Community Foundation’s service area. The Community Foundation decides which organizations or programs in the field specified by the donor will receive the funds.
  • Donor-Advised Endowment Funds - A Donor-Advised fund permits the donor to suggest specific grants to be made from the fund. The distinguishing feature is that the donor expresses the desire to make specific recommendations to the Community Foundation regarding how the fund will be used. These recommendations are not legally binding, but are taken into consideration when grants are made.
  • Designated Endowment Funds - The donor specifies beneficiaries of designated funds at the time the fund is established. The Community Foundation assumes oversight responsibility for ensuring that these funds are distributed as the donor intends. Many designated funds name a specific organization-the YMCA or the local community college, for example-although funds can be intended for a specific purpose, such as scholarships. The Community Foundation specifies that should the designated organization cease to exist or the specific purpose become obsolete, the fund will be reallocated to another similar purpose.
  • Agency Endowment Funds - A nonprofit organization places its endowment funds irrevocably with the Community Foundation for management and investment. The nonprofit organization may choose this type of fund to provide a relatively constant source of annual income, to obtain funds for current operations more easily and to increase investment yield. In addition, if the nonprofit organization ceases to exist, then the Community Foundation is responsible for finding an alternative organization with similar purposes. This kind of fund is subject to Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) guidelines concerning its ownership.
  • Scholarship Funds - Scholarship Funds provide gifts for scholarships for students. Scholarships can be established to benefit students attending Pre-Kindergarten programs, K-12 private schools, and for college or other post-secondary educational programs.
  • Donor-Advised Pass-Through Funds - Donors actively participate in these funds just as they do in Donor-Advised Endowment Funds. The difference is that the principal may be distributed rather than held permanently as endowment.
  • Special Projects - Donors establish the special project fund for a particular time-limited common purpose.
  • Operating Fund - The operating fund is essential for a young community foundation such as the Community Foundation of Greene County, to manage start up operations and continue to strengthen the resources needed to grow assets and achieve its mission.

Cindy's Wind Fund Grants are awarded during the Community Grant cycles with due dates of June 1 and October 1. Cindy’s Wind Fund awards two $500 grants – one award in each Community Grant Cycle. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations (including churches, educational organizations, and government agencies). The Cindy’s Wind Fund seeks proposals for projects that aim to help women and girls fulfill their full potential, which may include activities such as information programs, direct service programs, special activities, and more.

Organizations may submit one application for consideration under the Community Grants program. If the application is selected for a grant award, the CFGC Grantmaking Committee will determine which Fund or Funds will make up that grant. 

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Eligibility:

  • The Foundation does accept grant applications from:
    • Tax-exempt nonprofit entities whose purposes and programs benefit Greene County residents;  
    • Governmental bodies;
    • Municipalities; 
    • Schools; and
    • Religious and faith-based projects for non-sectarian, community projects.
  • Grants to Faith Based and Religious Programs
    • Community Grants are only made to faith-based and religious organizations for projects which serve broad and non-sectarian purposes, regardless of the faith of those they serve. Examples include:
      • churches, synagogues, or other religious organizations that have food or clothing pantries for the poor or support work among the poor;
      • hospitals or colleges serving broad areas such as health care and education.

Preferences:

  • The Foundation will give preference to proposals which:
    • Have identifiable and measurable impact upon the Greene County community; 
    • Promote cooperation among existing agencies ;
    • Avoid program duplication ;
    • Improve upon the effectiveness of existing organizations ;
    • Incorporate preventive and/or curative approaches to addressing significant community problems ;
    • Have multiple funding sources and can leverage other financial sources ; and
    • Utilize volunteers effectively.

Ineligibility:

  • We do not accept grant applications for:
    • Annual campaigns or endowments; 
    • Routine operating expenses (i.e., salaries, rent, and/or utilities);
    • Political purposes;
    • Loans; or
    • Individuals or for the benefit of an individual.


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