OVERVIEW: The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation supports human services, health, youth, education, STEM education, arts and culture, homelessness, veterans, job training, parks and recreation, and other community needs in 11 counties surrounding Parkersburg, West Virginia.
FUNDING AREAS: Community benefit, human services, health, youth, education, STEM, arts and culture, homelessness, veterans, job training, parks and recreation
IP TAKE: This is an approachable and all-encompassing community foundation that is in tune with nearly every type of nonprofit need in the region and that also makes its staff available for grantseekers.
PROFILE: Established in 1963, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) is a community foundation based in Parkersburg, West Virginia. PACF manages over 350 charitable funds and serves an 11-county region. The foundation aims “to serve our region's citizens by providing leadership and inspiring people to build permanent resources for the betterment of their communities through the foundation. It funds local efforts for human services, health, youth, education, STEM, arts and culture, homelessness, veterans, job training, parks and recreation, and other community needs.
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation awards both grants and scholarships in the local community. PACF awards community action grants twice per year through a competitive process that is facilitated through unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. The foundation also makes special and urgent needs grants of up to $4,000 to help nonprofits during times of emergency. It also administers donor-advised grants through funds established by individual donors. Overall, the foundation provides program, project, capital, equipment, capacity-building, and general operating support. Foundation initiatives include a civic leaders fellowship program, a 24-hour online giving challenge, and regional affiliate funds.
Grants range between about $1,000 and $10,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, as well as Washington County in Ohio. Past local grantees include Ritchie County Integrated Family Services, Parkersburg Area Coalition for the Homeless, and the Washington County Career Center.
This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. There are two grant cycles, which occur in the spring and fall each year, and that have applications due February 15 and September 15. The application process is conducted online via the foundation website. Direct general questions to the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 866-428-4438.
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