Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation: Grants for West Virginia

OVERVIEW: The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation supports youth, education, healthcare, human welfare, housing, senior citizen, and historic cemeteries in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

FUNDING AREAS: Youth, education, healthcare, human welfare, housing, senior citizen, historic cemeteries

IP TAKE: There are many different grant opportunities here for local nonprofits, and EWVCF has a straightforward website that details each one.

PROFILE: Established in 1995, the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation (EWVCF) is a community foundation based in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Community leaders in Jefferson, Morgan, and Berkeley counties created this foundation to address local needs in the rural areas here. EWVCF aims “to improve the quality of life for all people in Eastern West Virginia.” The foundation funds local efforts for youth, education, healthcare, human welfare, housing, senior citizen, and historic cemeteries.

The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation supports nonprofits, schools, and government agencies in the local region. It provides a wide variety of competitive grants, including grants from designated funds, donor-advised funds, and field-of-interest funds. The foundation welcomes grant proposals at various times of year from local nonprofits, and a grants committee reviews those proposals. For example, the funder accepts applications for the Berkeley County Industrial Park Development Fund, Two Rivers Giving Circle, Mini-Grants to Teachers Program. EWVCF also has an affiliate foundation, the Hampshire County Community Foundation, which is based in Romney, West Virginia.

Grants range between about $1,000 and $5,000 for youth grants, $500 to $3,000 for Frada Fine Berkeley County Education Grants, and $500 to $2,000 for Housing Action Fund Grants. Human welfare grants range from $500 to $2,500, healthcare grants range from $2,500 to $10,000, and Jefferson County Historic Cemetery Grants are between $2,500 and $5,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Past local grantees include Blue Ridge Community & Technical College, Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, and the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. EWVCF typically posts application for grant programs on its website between early October and early December. Each competitive grant cycle at EWVCF has its own application guidelines and deadlines. Direct general questions to the staff at info@EWVCF.org or 304-264-0353.

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