Revitalizing Westmoreland Grant

Community Foundation of Westmoreland County


Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $40,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 23, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

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Overview:

The Revitalizing Westmoreland initiative is a city-based program designed to encourage new, creative ways to revitalize the seven cities of Westmoreland County: Arnold, Greensburg, Jeannette, Latrobe, Lower Burrell, New Kensington and Monessen.

The program was created to engage, educate, strengthen and improve the quality of life for all residents of the county through funding that promotes the county as a clean, safe and productive place to life. Additionally, it was developed to stimulate partnerships among neighborhood residents, business associations, civic groups, nonprofits and local government to support revitalizations efforts.

Organizations of all types will compete for grants and must match funds awarded by the Foundation. Matching contributions can be volunteer time, cash or in-kind donations of goods and services.

Grants ranging from $500 to $40,000 will be awarded. 

Program Goals

Revitalizing Westmoreland will provide unique opportunities for community benefit organizations and residents to create change and to improve the quality of life in the cities of Westmoreland County. Goals of the program include:

  • Creating partnerships between The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County, residents, community benefit groups, and city government;
  • Engaging and increasing involvement of local residents, community groups, and organizations;
  • Leveraging funds to carry out city and neighborhood projects and activities; and
  • Improving infrastructure and resources.

Matching Funds and Contributions

Organizations must match the funds they request from the Revitalizing Westmoreland program. The value of the contribution must be equal to or greater than ¼ of the total project budget. Make sure that each element used as match is needed to complete the project. For example, if $30,000 is requested, matching funds required would be $10,000 or greater.

Matching contributions are not reimbursable. However, they may be obtained in a variety of ways:

  • Volunteer labor (valued at $23 per hour) – value of citizen volunteer time,
  • Donated supplies or equipment (indicate dollar amount for each donated supplies),
  • In-kind donated supplies and equipment,
  • Pro-bono professional services valued at the commercial rate of the product or service, and/or
  • Cash.

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Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants are:
    • 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations
    • Civic or Community Groups
    • Neighborhood Based Organizations
    • Church Groups 
    • City Agency or Department
    • Community Development Corporations 
  • Any city/neighborhood-based group is eligible to apply, even if they are not an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Groups without nonprofit status will need to partner with a 501(c)(3) group to serve as the Fiscal Agent.
  • The Revitalizing Westmoreland initiative is a city-based program designed to encourage new, creative ways to revitalize the seven cities of Westmoreland County; Arnold, Jeannette, Greensburg, Latrobe, Lower Burrell, Monessen and New Kensington.
  • To be eligible, projects must:
    • Provide clear benefit to the public, residents, neighborhood, or economy of a defined area/city;
    • Have matching resources (cash, donated goods and services, volunteer time) to cover funds
    • requested through the Revitalizing Westmoreland program. The matching requirement is $1 for every $3 awarded, up to a maximum of $40,000 in grant funds.
    • Specify a time frame for completion within the year.
  • Examples of eligible projects:
    • ADA compliance projects
    • Beautification programs
    • Façade improvement
    • Streetscapes or planter programs
    • Community art/Murals
    • Play equipment/Playgrounds
    • Community gardens
    • Community park/Space rejuvenation
  • Beautification Projects: Beautification projects on city-owned property must be coordinated via the City to determine if existing plans or projects exist for the site. 

Preferences:

  • Based on the first two years of this initiative, we believe that the following characteristics demonstrate our most successful projects.
    • Projects that serve as a catalyst for additional revitalization efforts. How can your project spark additional growth within the city?
    • Projects that are designed and implemented through meaningful community partnerships.
    • Projects that leverage the grant dollars to access additional resources for revitalization.
    • Projects that are visible, accessible, and beneficial to a significant portion of the population. 

Ineligibility:

  • Faith Based Organizations: Organizations may not use grant funds to support inherently religious activities such as evangelism, worship, or religious instruction. We believe that faith based organizations play a vital role in our communities and are encouraged to participate in other ways. 
  • Revitalizing Westmoreland will not provide grants to:
    • Capital campaigns
    • Individuals
    • Endowment funds
    • Political groups
    • For-profit entities
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes
    • Fundraising events
    • Businesses
    • Public schools
    • County agencies or departments
  • Examples of ineligible projects and expenditures:
    • Lobbying or fund raising activities
    • Public Service activities that are not new
    • Basic operating and/or administrative support
    • Human services programs
    • Projects which primarily support staff and other costs to a governmental unit or public agency
    • Projects cannot be an extension or duplication of a social service agency program
    • Construction of new, or purchase of, buildings
    • Nonspecific equipment
    • Computers and printers
    • Salaries/wages, including fringe benefits
    • Payments to individuals
    • Scholarships
  • Staff time/wages cannot be used as a matching resource.


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