General Guidelines for CFGC Grants
Recognizing that community life can be enhanced or improved in many different ways, CFGC supports projects and programs that improve the quality of life in Greene County, PA through:
- Animal welfare, agricultural, horticultural, environmental protection and/or beautification
- Arts, culture and humanities
- Community and economic development for public and societal benefit
- Education and literacy
- Health, fitness and safety
- Human needs
The Foundation does accept grant applications from:
- Tax-exempt nonprofit entities
- Governmental bodies
- Religious and faith-based projects for non-sectarian, community projects
The Foundation will give preference to proposals which:
- Have identifiable and measurable impact upon the Greene County community
- Promote cooperation among existing agencies
- Avoid program duplication
- Improve upon the effectiveness of existing organizations
- Incorporate preventive and/or curative approaches to addressing significant community problems
- Have multiple funding sources and can leverage other financial sources
- Utilize volunteers effectively
We do not accept grant applications for:
- Annual campaigns or endowments
- Fundraising events or activities
- Routine operating expenses (i.e., salaries, rent, and/or utilities)
- Political purposes
- Individuals or for the benefit of an individual
Grants to Faith Based and Religious Programs
Community Grants are only made to faith-based and religious organizations for projects which serve broad and non-sectarian purposes, regardless of the faith of those they serve. Examples include: churches, synagogues, or other religious organizations that have food or clothing pantries for the poor or support work among the poor; hospitals or colleges serving broad areas such as health care and education. We are public and non-sectarian in our structure and governance and primarily support organizations that are not affiliated with a particular religious faith or denomination.
Application Review Process
The CFGC Grantmaking Committee, composed of experienced community volunteers, will conduct thorough evaluations of completed grant applications, which may include telephone interviews or on-site visits, if appropriate/necessary. Applicants should be aware that the Grantmaking Committee may consult with other funders and community leaders when considering various grant applications. The Grantmaking Committee will make grant recommendations to the Board of Directors for their final approval.
Please submit applications well before funding is needed. Requests to fund projects that have begun prior to a grant application deadline will not receive full consideration.
CFGC has limited funds available for community grants and public school grants. Please consider these limitations when making your request.
Should you feel that your project or organization meets the requirements outlined, complete and submit the Foundation’s grant application.