Grant Requests

Grant-Making Cycles and Guidelines

The Foundation administers several grant cycles throughout the year and has established specific application procedures and deadlines for each cycle. Open grant cycles are posted to this page and are announced via the Foundation’s e-newsletter, Charity Matters. If you are not already a subscriber to Charity Matters, please send an email to allocations@wccf.net to subscribe. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation at allocations@wccf.net or 724-222-6330 with questions regarding a specific project, in advance of submitting an application for a competitive grant. All grant requests must be submitted electronically using the Community Foundation's online grant application.


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.


Range Resources Good Neighbors Fund (Deadline March 19, 2021)

The Range Resources Good Neighbors Fund was established to support fire departments and emergency management services organizations in Range’s core operating area. Requests should be limited to $10,000. The 2020 grants were awarded in the second quarter.


Grants Program for Washington County Libraries (Deadline May 15, 2021)

This special $150,000 grants program from the Community CARE Fund (CCF) was created to support independent, community-based libraries in Washington County, as the libraries work to reopen after the pandemic. School libraries, medical libraries, and other libraries which operate as a part of another institution are not eligible to participate. Community libraries may submit one grant request of up to $25,000 using the Foundation’s online grant application below.

Grants will be announced in June and will range from $5,000 to $25,000.


Capacity-Building Grant Cycle I and Capacity-Building Grant Cycle II (Deadlines of August 1, 2021 and October 1, 2021)

Grants in these two cycles shall range from $5,000 to $50,000 and shall be awarded in any of the following areas:

  • Arts & Humanities – projects that benefit arts education, arts appreciation, and cultural and historic projects in our community.
  • Community Improvement and Economic Development – projects that focus on strengthening, unifying and building the economic, cultural, educational and social services, and the spirit of any community or neighborhood. Community improvement projects include, but are not limited to, agricultural fairs, community festivals, community parks, green space projects and walking trails. Economic development projects include, but are not limited to, blight removal, increased entrepreneurism, improved low-income housing, job creation, and workforce development.
  • 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.

Eligible Grantees: Any exempt non-profit organization providing charitable services in Washington County is eligible to apply.

Eligible Requests: In these two cycles, only capacity-building projects will be considered. Capacity building is defined as any activity that increases the nonprofit’s operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity.

Examples include but are not limited to: equipment or material purchases, capital campaigns nearing completion of the campaign, facility upgrades, strategic plans, succession plans, marketing plans or marketing materials, improvements to accounting and financial systems, constituent management software, websites with content management systems, and program design or program expansion. Requests must be submitted in increments of $5,000, up to a maximum grant request of $50,000. Applicants may only submit one request in each capacity-building cycle, and the request must be exclusive to one capacity-building project, not a combination of unrelated projects. Applicants who receive a capacity building grant must wait for a minimum of one year to apply for a second capacity building grant. Applicants must have utilized all money from a previous capacity-building grant before they may submit for a new capacity-building grant. Applicants who have any outstanding grant reports are not permitted to apply for a capacity building grant until all delinquent grant reports have been received.

Ineligible Requests: In these two cycles, the WCCF will not accept applications for routine projects, to support existing programs, for general operating support, to reduce deficits, for regranting projects, for endowment projects or for event sponsorships. The WCCF will not accept applications from private foundations or from individuals.

Process: Requests must be submitted electronically via the WCCF website. Applicants will be required to provide a clear, concise and compelling project narrative regarding (1) the need for the project and describing who/what will benefit from the project (2) the goals to be achieved (3) the measurable outcomes expected, and (4) details of how the project will be executed. Applicants will also be required to provide a comprehensive project budget, that details all expected revenues and expenses for a project, not just for the amount being requested from the WCCF.

To assist applicants with the preparation of their requests, the Foundation will a host workshop in advance of each capacity-building cycle's deadline. Details on the workshops will be announced as soon as they become available.


Donor Advised Funds

Direct application to Donor Advised Funds is not permitted.


Grant Reports

With the exception of unrestricted grants, a grant report is required for all grants of $5,000 or more. 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.