Grant Requests

Grant-Making Guidelines for Permanent Funds

The Foundation issues grants year-round and has established specific application procedures and deadlines for different types of permanent funds. All grant requests must be submitted electronically using the Community Foundation's online grant application. Any direct solicitation of any member of the Allocations & Programs Committee or any member of the Board of Trustees will result in immediate termination of applicant consideration.

Designated Agency Funds (Processed in the first quarter)

The annual distribution is sent to the designated agency or agencies for each fund.  No application is required. Grant reports are not required for distributions from designated agency funds.


Designated Field of Interest, including Geographic Funds and the Women of Philanthropy Giving Circle Grants (Deadline is July 1)

A grant report is required for all grants from Designated Field of Interest and Women of Philanthropy Giving Circle Funds. The report should be submitted when the grant monies are fully expended or within one year of the date of the grant using the appropriate online grant report

Funds include:

  • Abernathy Fund for Conservation – (grants totaling $2,500) 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;  
  • Canonsburg Community Fund – (one grant of $100) requests are accepted for charitable projects benefiting the community of Canonsburg; 
  • Craig Gnagey Memorial Fund – (one grant of $750) 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 $250) requests are accepted for projects providing art services for the youth of Washington County;
  • McBride-McMaster Fund – (grants totaling $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; 
  • Neighborhood Drug Awareness Corps Fund – (one grant of $1,000) requests are accepted for community drug & alcohol prevention programs;
  • Joseph Perkins Fund – (one grant of $100) requests are accepted for youth projects in Burgettstown area;
  • Community Endowment for Peters Township – (one grant of $2,000) requests are accepted for projects benefiting the community of Peters Township; 
  • Judge Samuel Rodgers Fund – (one grant of $250) requests are accepted for literacy projects in Washington County; 
  • Vitullo Family Fund – (one grant of $150) requests are accepted for charitable projects benefiting the community of Canonsburg;
  • Washington County Youth Conservation Camp Fund – (one grant of $125) requests are accepted for conservation projects, particularly those that educate youth about conservation;
  • Mother's Fund  – (grants totaling $16,000, including 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.

Discretionary Funds (Deadline is September 1)

A grant report is required for all grants from Discretionary Funds. The report should be submitted when the grant monies are fully expended or within one year of the date of the grant using the appropriate online grant report.

Grant requests should be limited to $1,000. Funding areas include:

  • Arts & Humanities – projects that benefit arts education and arts appreciation, including the performing, visual, and creative arts, as well as cultural and historic projects in our community.
  • Education – projects to enhance the education experience for persons of any age, including literacy and lifelong learning.
  • Environment & Animal Welfare – projects to protect the environment and to ensure biodiversity, including conservation, protection of ecosystems, agricultural projects, protection of wildlife, and the care of domesticated animals.
  • Health & Fitness – projects that promote the physical and emotional health of the community, including medical services, counseling, fitness, and wellness programs.
  • Human Needs – projects that give aid, comfort, support or assistance to children and youth, senior citizens, or the indigent.
  • Religious / Faith Based – projects that promote interdenominational sharing and understanding and that emphasize the importance of spiritual growth and development.

Donor Advised Funds

Direct application to Donor Advised Funds is not permitted. Grant recommendations from advisors to Donor Advised Funds, after staff review, shall be forwarded for approval at the next meeting of the Board of Trustees or Executive Committee, whichever occurs first. A grant report is required for all grants from Donor Advised Funds. The report should be submitted when the grant monies are fully expended or within one year of the date of the grant using the appropriate online grant report.