PACF: Community Action Grants

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

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Next anticipated deadline: Sep 15, 2020 9:00pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 15, 2021 9:00pm PST

Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Fields of work: Community Development & Revitalization Family Services Youth Services Recreation Human & Social Services Health & Medicine Education Art & Culture Show all

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in West Virginia: Calhoun County, Doddridge County, Gilmer County, Ritchie County, Roane County, Wirt County, Wood County Other eligible locations: Washington County, Ohio, Counties in West Virginia: Calhoun County, Doddridge County, Gilmer County, Jackson County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Since 1963, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates has served as a model of grantmaking and philanthropic giving in our region. The Foundation manages many separate charitable funds established by caring citizens to improve our local quality of life and to help address key community issues. Thanks to this partnership, the Foundation has been able to award millions of dollars in grant support to our region's regional nonprofit organizations and programs.

Community Action Grants

Twice a year the Foundation's competitive grant process matches community needs with grants available from the Foundation's Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds.

Organizations may request up to $15,000. PACF’s average grant is approximately $5,000

What are the PACF’s Funding Priorities?

Community Action Grants are made in the fields of: Arts and Culture, Education, Health and Human Services, Recreation, Youth and Family Services, and Community and Economic Development. The Foundation focuses on: Capital and Equipment Projects, Program Development, Capacity Building, and Operating Support. Eligibility criteria differ based on the type of support requested, so please review the following descriptions carefully.

Capital and Equipment

Support the renovation or construction of facilities, purchase of major equipment, major repairs to facilities.

Program Development

Support the development of new services or programs designed to respond to unmet community needs and the expansion of existing programs to serve new audiences.

Capacity Building

Support projects that provide an organization with technical assistance and/or training to be able to more effectively meet their mission and/or provide services.

Operating Support

Support projects designed to: Increase financial stability (Type 1); Help a strong organization increase its capacity (Type 2). The Foundation expects to award only a limited number of operating support grants each grant cycle.

Unique Funding Opportunities Available through the PACF

Doddridge County

The PACF’s regional affiliate collection of funds, Doddridge County Community Foundation, supports academic-related projects at Doddridge County schools through the Doddridge County Education Foundation Fund. Proposed projects must focus on student development, faculty development or facility development and improvement (support is not available for athletic programs or facilities through this fund). Schools apply for these grants using the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program.

Ritchie County

The PACF’s regional affiliate collection of funds, Ritchie County Community Foundation, has funds available to support professional development or post-graduate studies (i.e. coursework beyond undergraduate studies) for Ritchie County educators, as identified by Ritchie County schools, and/or for academic school improvement needs of Ritchie County schools. Schools apply for these grants using the PACF’s spring cycle Community Action Grants Program. 

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


  • To be eligible 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, such as a public school or government agency. 
  • The programs the PACF considers for support must be located in the Foundation’s 11- county service area or must directly benefit the residents in its service area.
    • The PACF serves ten West Virginia counties (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood) and Washington County, Ohio.
  • Grant applicants also must have completed their most recent grant-funded project in order to be eligible for another grant.
    • Completion of the project means that the payment request and final report have been submitted
  • For all operating support requests, the applicant must:
    • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (operating support is not available to governmental entities, schools (public or private), or entities that do not have 501(c)(3) status);
    • Provide essential community services or offer programs that meet basic human needs;
    • Have been in continuous operation for at least five years and have a proven track record;
    • Have an overall sound financial history (at least prior to the present need);
    • Be able to demonstrate strong management;
    • Have previously received support from the Foundation.
  •  Applicants seeking Type 1 operating support (to increase financial stability), must:
    • Document increased demand for services, unexpected reduction in sources of ongoing operating support, or a specific current financial challenge for which a plan is in place to mitigate;
    • Show evidence of completion of an internal process of cost-reduction and/or realistic revenue enhancement analysis focused on core service preservation prior to the request.
    •  Develop a realistic plan for financial stabilization.
    • Show how the operating support grant will increase financial stability and/or help the organization make significant progress toward addressing its financial challenge.
  •  Applicants seeking Type 2 operating support (to increase organizational capacity), must:
    • Present a realistic plan for organizational growth, outlining how operating support is critical to the growth plan (to expand services, offer new programs, reach new audiences, etc.).
    • Include a plan for the organization to have adequate funding at the completion of the grant


  • Priority is given to projects that serve communities where the PACF and its affiliates are the only community foundation in operation.
    • Priority counties for Foundation support are: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood Counties in West Virginia.
  • Priority is given to projects that:
    • have significant impact on the people and communities served by the applicant organization;
    • reach new audiences, expand existing programs or services, or respond to emerging needs;
    • strengthen the organization’s capacity to deliver its services and meet community needs;
    • are well-planned and can reasonably be achieved;
    • have a matching grant opportunity or seek a matching grant to leverage more funding;
    • have limited access to other sources of support; 


  • Requests from individuals are not accepted.
  • Generally, Community Action Grants will not be made for:
    • annual campaigns; endowments;
    • sectarian religious purposes;
    • political purposes or lobbying activities;
    • retiring existing obligations, debts or liabilities;
    • student travel or student participation in meetings, seminars or study exchange programs.
  • Organizations may submit only one application per grant cycle.
  • Organizations receiving a Community Action Grant in any grant cycle from an entity that is part of PACF are not eligible for funding in the immediate next cycle from that same entity but may be considered for support from other entities.
  • After an application is declined once, the organization may re-submit the application one time; if an application has been declined twice, then the organization may not submit another request for funding of the same project.