Our Community's Foundation - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and the Regional Affiliate Foundations of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason Counties and the Little Kanawha Area - is currently accepting applications for grants for the spring cycle of its Community Action Grant Program.

The Foundation's application process is online; all applications must be submitted online no later than midnight on March 1.

Organizations apply to PACF and/or any of the affiliates on the same online application form, the Foundation's Community Action Grant Application. To access the online application form, visit the Foundation's web site www.pacfwv.com and go to the Grants section. Under "Applications and Forms" you will find a link to the online Community Action Grant application.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, non-profit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution. To be eligible for a grant either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation's eleven-county geographic service area (Wood, Wirt, Doddridge, Ritchie, Pleasants, Roane, Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson, and Mason Counties in West Virginia, and Washington County in Ohio).

The Foundation provides support for capital and equipment projects; program development; technical assistance, training, and capacity building projects; and operating support. Operating support grants target organizations that provide essential community services or offer programs that meet basic human needs and that seek to increase their financial stability and/or expand their capacity to provide services. To be eligible for operating support, an organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (operating support is not available to governmental entities, schools, or entities that do not have 501(c)(3) status); have been in continuous operation for at least five years; have a proven track record; have an overall sound financial history (at least prior to the present need); be able to demonstrate strong management; and must have previously received support from the Foundation.

Organizations serving Mason County residents also have an opportunity to be considered for grants from the Gordon E. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation Advised Fund administered by Our Community's Foundation/Mason County Community Foundation. The Jackson Foundation Advised Fund provides grants to support projects that benefit Mason County residents, with a particular interest in educational and community development projects. Organizations interested in being considered for support from the Jackson Foundation Advised Fund must submit an application using the Foundation's Community Action Grant application form; all organizations submitting requests for projects benefiting Mason County will be considered for support from the Jackson Foundation Advised Fund, along with other Foundation funds.

Two Foundation affiliates have unique educational support opportunities available in the spring grant cycle. The Ritchie County Community Foundation Affiliate (RCCF) has funds available to support professional development or post-graduate studies (i.e. coursework beyond undergraduate studies) for Ritchie County educators, as identified by Ritchie County schools, and/or for academic school improvement needs of Ritchie County schools. The Doddridge County Community Foundation Affiliate (DCCF) has funds available to support projects at Doddridge County Schools that focus on student, faculty and facility development and improvement; requests must be related to academic projects that are innovative and enhance the education process (funds are not available for athletic-related projects).

Schools in Ritchie and Doddridge Counties apply for grants for these purposes using the online Community Action Grant Application form. The Foundation's grantmaking guidelines provide more specific information on eligibility and priorities for all types of grants; visit the Foundation's web site at www.pacfwv.com to access the spring grant guidelines and application form.

For more information on the Community Action Grant Program, contact Marian Clowes at 304-428-4438 or info@pacfwv.com

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