Apply for a Grant
CFGC has several types of grants that awarded or distributed throughout the year. If you are interested in applying for a grant through the Community Foundation of Greene County, please take the following steps:
- Read through our General Guidelines which provides information about the types of grants we make and who is eligible to apply for those grants.
- Read about the different types of grants that CFGC awards based on an application process:
- Community Grants, which may include grants from several Field of Interest Funds and the Cindy’s Wind Fund for Women and Girls.
- Public School Grants, which may include some Field of Interest Funds, and Restricted Funds.
- Special Initiative Grants for special projects as determined by the Board of Directors
The links above will take you to those pages which include information about the application process and the CFGC Grant Application Form.
Should you feel that your project or organization meets the requirements outlined, complete and submit the Foundation’s Grant Application Form and Proposal Outline.
The Grant Application Form and Proposal Outline can be used for any one (and all) of our competitive grant programs under the Community Grant and Public School Grant programs.
Community Grant Funds Application Procedures and Eligibility (due June 1 or Oct 1)
Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants must be nonprofit, charitable (recognized as Exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code), tax-exempt organizations whose purposes and programs benefit Greene County residents. Eligible applicants also include: schools, churches, support organizations to schools, governmental units, and other publicly supported organizations.
Proposal Deadline: All grant applications must be received by 4:00 pm on the due date for the specific grant period. Electronic and facsimile submissions area acceptable (but we must receive an original signed copy of the application form within 48 hours of the deadline.) (See About CFGC Grants or Grant Cycles and Deadlines sections.)
Grant Amounts: Community Grants range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5,000. Typical grants do not exceed $2,000.
Application Procedures: All grant application packages must include:
I. CFGC APPLICATION FORM: Download a copy of the Application Form and Guidelines.
II. PROPOSAL NARRATIVE: Please be clear and concise; limit your total Application narrative to NO MORE THAN three (3) letter size pages (not including your separate line item budget).
A. INTRODUCTION (Who are you?): Provide a brief, concise description of your organization, its goals, purpose and significant accomplishments (no more than one-half page.)
B. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Include a brief, concise description of the program, project and/or service and the potential impact on the affected Greene County population focusing on the outcome as much as the possible need. Briefly address the following in this section:
1. Brief Description of the Project (What is it you propose to do?)
2. Problem Statement/Assessment of Need (Why are you doing it?). What caused you to prepare this proposal? Include details and data such as changes in community demographics, underserved or unmet needs in the community, new initiatives, etc.
3. Project Design, Goals and Objectives, Evaluation and Sustainability (Where will you do it? When will it take place? Who will benefit? How will you get the project done? How will you know you made a difference? How will it continue?) Describe your program activities, strategies, staffing, partners, timeline, etc., and explain how the design will enable you to address the problem or need. Who and how many will participate and/or benefit from this project? (Please be specific to Greene County residents.) Identify the project as a new or continuing program (how long?) Specify your plans for continuing the project following the grant period. What goals and objectives will be achieved as a result of this grant being funded? Goals are broad statements. Objectives are specific, measurable outcomes. These should directly relate to “Problem Statement/Assessment of Need” as outlined in “B” above.
4. Budget Description (How much will it cost?) Describe the resources (monetary or other) that will be needed to complete this project. Indicate how much you are requesting from CFGC and how you will use the funds requested, alone or in combination with other funding or resources. If other resources will be used, please indicate if those resources are committed or pending.
III. PROJECT BUDGET: In line-item budget form, please provide a list of Expenses including materials, staffing, service delivery, etc. and a list of anticipated income or revenue (i.e., matching funds, collaboration, etc.). This information is a critical component of the Application. A sample budget form is available through CFGC. Click here for the Sample Budget Format
IV. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION:
1. Required Supporting Documentation as listed on the Application Form may be attached or indicate that it is available on your website or other site. (Be sure to include the link.)
2. Attach any information directly related to the project.
3. If the organization has a currently funded project through CFGC (same or different project), please submit an interim report describing that project’s progress. Use the grant evaluation report form that was provided with the grant agreement. Click to download the Grant Evaluation Form
Submission Instructions: Submit 1 copy of the CFGC Application Form, Proposal Narrative, Budget and Supporting Documentation by the stated deadline. NOTE: Cover letter is not required. Staples and clips are fine. Do NOT use binders or individual folders. Pictures, flyers, CDs & DVDs that do not relate directly to the project are not encouraged.
- Postal Mail: CFGC, PO Box 768, Waynesburg, PA 15370
- E-mail: email@example.com (CFGC must receive an Application Form with original signature within 48 hours of the deadline.) Please save your documents as Adobe pdf files which will ensure that your formatting and pages do not change. CFGC will not be responsible for emailed files that exceed page limits.)
- Fax: 724-627-2011 (our fax goes directly to computer – please email or call to make sure we know it has arrived.) (CFGC must receive an Application form with original signature within 48 hours of the deadline.)
- Hand-deliver: 108 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA (must be received by 4:00 pm on the deadline date.) Our office is not staffed full-time so you should call ahead to make sure some one will be there to receive it. Mail slot entries will not be accepted after 4:00 pm on the deadline date.)
- Download a copy of the Application Form and Guidelines
- Sample Grant Application Budget Format
- Grant Evaluation Form
To view the above Grant forms, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Get Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The Foundation follows a quarterly grant-making schedule with the following deadlines for applications (or next business day if deadline falls on a weekend or holiday):
Quarter 1 (January – March)
February 28 – Designated Agency Funds (only for organizations designated as a beneficiary of an endowed fund)
Quarter 2 (April – June)
April 1 – Endowed High School/College Scholarship Funds
June 1 – Community Grants Summer Round grant applications (for projects beginning after August 1)
June 1 – Cindy’s Wind Fund grant applications
June 20 – EITC Educational Improvement (Public School grants)
Quarter 3 (July – September)
August 20 – EITC Pre-K Scholarships (full year)
August 20 – EITC K-12 Scholarships (full year)
Quarter 4 (October – December)
October 1 – Community Grants Fall Round applications (for projects beginning after December 1)
October 1 – Cindy’s Wind Fund grant applications
Note: Requests should be received by the 10th of February, April, June, August, October and December for consideration by the Grantmaking Committee and CFGC Board at their bi-monthly meetings.
Stealth Scholarship (for non-traditional students)
CONSOL Energy Excellence in Education Grants (for public schools)
Donor Advised Funds – As recommended by the donor advisor(s)
William H. Davis Jr. Scholarship (for high school graduating seniors and non-traditional students)
CFGC does not accept applications outside our regular Community Grants process and the Public School Grant process.
If you have a project you would like to discuss, please contact the Foundation office. Please note that discussing a grant project with Foundation staff and encouragement to apply does not in any way imply or guarantee that your project will be selected to receive a grant.
For information about applications and deadlines for scholarships for Pre-K through Post-secondary schools, please see the Scholarship section.