TGKVF: Proactive Collaborative Grants

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

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Next deadline: Jul 8, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Aug 3, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Sep 28, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Pre proposal), Oct 26, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Jan 6, 2021 1:00pm PST (Pre proposal), Feb 3, 2021 1:00pm PST (Full proposal), Apr 6, 2021 1:00pm PDT (Pre proposal), May 4, 2021 1:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $3,000 - US $62,000

Fields of work: Addiction & Substance Abuse Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Environmental Education Workforce Preparation & Job Readiness Education Food Access & Hunger Recreation Economic Services & Development Entrepreneurship Civic Engagement & Education Greening & Beautification Physical Fitness Parks & Public Spaces Dental Health Early Childhood Development Agriculture Preventative Healthcare Community Development & Revitalization Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in West Virginia: Boone County, Clay County, Fayette County, Kanawha County, Lincoln County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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New projects are required to submit a Project Summary form to their assigned TGKVF Program Officer in advance of an invited DRAFT application and it generally takes several months of working with a Program Officer before a project is ready to apply.

Applicants must work with a program officer prior to receiving an invitation to apply. Applicants please note that it generally takes a couple of months of working with a TGKVF program officer before a collaborative project is ready to submit its first application draft.

Make sure that you contact a program officer at least 2-3 months before an application’s first draft due date to discuss your proposal idea. DRAFT applications (NOT project summary forms) are due at the "pre-proposal" deadlines above. Final proposals are due at the "full proposal" deadlines above. 

TGKVF: Proactive Collaborative Grants

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation has a bold vision for the region it serves: to be a forward-thinking and closely connected community that fearlessly works together to promote the prosperity of all.

In order to make this vision a reality, the Foundation is working to carry out its new mission of “making thoughtful and proactive investments that grow the multiple forms of wealth necessary for our community to thrive.” The seven forms of community wealth TGKVF seeks to grow include: 

  • Individual: Skills, Health, Confidence, & Income
  • Intellectual: Shared Knowledge, Innovation, & Technology
  • Social: Trust, Relationships & Mutual Support
  • Natural: Resilient Natural Resources
  • Built: Community Infrastructure
  • Political: Influence & Voice
  • Financial: Community Investments & Household Savings

By working to grow multiple forms of community wealth, we believe the Foundation and our grantee partners can have substantial and lasting impact on the root cause issues that continually undermine better outcomes in our education and health systems while fostering civic engagement and community building throughout our region. More specifically, TGKVF’s new strategic direction is focused on cultivating community wealth that will address the following priority impact statements:

Focus Areas


Our community is a place where students, from early childhood to post-secondary, build the skills, knowledge, and credentials to become productive and successful.

Priority Areas in Proactive Collaboration Applications:

  • Increase access to proven out-of-school time tutoring, mentoring, and/or learning programs that focus on Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and  Math (STREAM) education 
  • Deepen the impact and scale of programs at home,  school, and community centers that connect families  to their children’s development
  • Expand the efforts of proven post-secondary guidance,  career advisory and vocational programs that train students for jobs in promising economic sectors


Our community supports the healthy choice.

Priority Areas in Proactive Collaboration Applications:

  • Increase the capacity of communities, organizations,  and social entrepreneurs to develop healthy  recreational opportunities and/or expand access to  locally grown, healthy foods
  • Expand the amount of public greenspace, access to streams and bikeable/walkable paths within our community
  • Improve access to preventative, behavioral, and/or oral healthcare in marginalized communities

Community Economic Development (CED)

Our community offers a safe, welcoming, energizing environment that promotes an excellent quality of life and positive economic growth for residents, businesses, and institutions.

Priority Areas in Proactive Collaboration Applications:

  • Increase in number of local residents who are economically whole, including access to discretionary income (income available after paying necessities) and  wealth (savings and assets).
  • More thriving local businesses that are profitable and  growing.
  • Access to high quality of life, including communities  that have a great appearance, safety, networks, gathering places, and positive momentum.

Identified Root Cause Issues

  • Underperforming education system and ill-prepared students
  • Poor health of our population
  • Not enough strong and visionary leadership – at all levels of society
  • Weak community connections and lack of collaboration
  • Apathetic attitudes and unhelpful cultural beliefs
  • Economic disparities and lack of a diverse economy

Our analysis of the root cause issues and the development of the Foundation’s new strategic direction were completed in collaboration with over 300 of our grantees, donors, and advisors. During this process, our partners not only helped identify the root cause issues, but also defined the places where the Foundation can have the greatest impact on these hard-to-solve problems. This process resulted in our new Strategic Plan and an organizational shift to being a more proactive and deliberate investor in social change.

During the planning process, the Foundation Board and staff also realized that the issues we seek to address are too deep and complex for any one organization to solve. For this reason, we seek to fund collaborative efforts that target the goals and objectives found in TGKVF’s Strategic Plan. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation has shifted from solely supporting individual organizations and programs to supporting the multiple organizations and intersecting networks that will advance our Strategic Plan. Once you become a grantee partner, the Foundation will work to strengthen the collaborative capacity of your team as well as foster supportive relationships and strategic thinking amongst grantee partners working on similar goals.

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


  • Proactive Applicants must:
    • be 501 c3 nonprofit organizations or public  government entities as determined by the IRS
    • demonstrate their ability to build community wealth
    • address one or more of TGKVF’s goals, objectives, and  indicators of success
    • be part of a collaborative effort amongst multiple agencies and intersecting networks
  • Applicants who apply through our discretionary grantmaking process must be located and/or operate within our six-county region of Kanawha, Putnam, Clay, Boone, Fayette, and Lincoln  counties in West Virginia.
  • To become part of this new and exciting effort, start by answering the following questions:
    • Are you part of a collaborative effort or do you have an idea for one? 
    • Can members of your collaborative answer the questions on the “who should apply” sheet?
      • Exploratory Group- An exploratory group consists of two or more organizations interested in working together, but need time to strategically explore their connections.
      • Coalition- A group of organizations, agencies, institutions, or businesses who are coordinating their efforts around a common issue, cause, or campaign. 
      • Network- A broad-based web of organizations, agencies, institutions, or businesses that cooperate with one another toward a shared set of goals.
      • Collective Impact -A more narrowly defined set of organizations, agencies, institutions, or businesses that collaborate to move a shared vision for change. 
  • Applicants may request up to 25% of the lead organization’s annual operating budget (or collaborative organizations’ combined operating budgets).


  • The following items are generally not funded:
    • National or statewide proposals that do not focus on  our 6-county service area
    • General operating budgets established for  organizations
    •  Annual campaigns or membership drives
    • School uniform purchases
    • Consultants, consultant fees, conferences or workshop  speakers
    • Staff costs only
    • Individuals, student aid, or fellowships
    • Endowments
    • Religious activities
    • Purchases prior to the grant decision
    • Debt retirement/reduction
    • Passenger vans for transportation to activities
    • Individual school classrooms or individual schools that  do not enact a system-wide or county change
    • Individual athletic organizations (i.e. school boosters,  community-based leagues, etc.)
    • Requests that are more than 25% of the agency’s (or combined agencies’) annual budget(s)
    • Requests that include indirect costs exceeding 10%
    • Any organization that discriminates on the basis of age,  race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability,  sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief