Our Community's Foundation - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) and the Regional Affiliates of Doddridge, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason Counties and the Little Kanawha Area - is currently accepting applications for grants for the fall 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 September 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, go to the Grants section, and click on the link to "Applications and Forms."

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. 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, and technical assistance, training, and capacity building projects, and, under special circumstances, operating support. Submitted applications are considered for support from a wide variety of grant funds available to support charitable projects through the region.

Organizations submitting requests through the Community Action Grant Program for projects benefitting Mason County also will be considered for support from the Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation advised fund, which supports projects benefiting the residents of Mason County. Organizations submitting requests through the Community Action Grant Program for projects serving residents of the Ripley area of Jackson County also will be considered for support from the Bob and Helen Lester Community Fund.

To be eligible for support from the Lester Fund, the applicant must be located in or the program to be funded must serve residents of the Ripley area, which for purposes of grant eligibility is defined as the City of Ripley and the area within a five mile driving distance for postings of the City of Ripley limits. No separate application form is required for consideration for support from the Jackson Foundation Fund or the Lester Fund; applicants use the Foundation's Community Action Grant Program application.

Two Foundation affiliates have unique educational support opportunities available in the fall grant cycle. The Doddridge County Community Foundation Affiliate (DCCF) has funds available through the Doddridge County Education Fund to provide grants to Doddridge County schools for projects 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 apply for support through the Foundation's online Community Action Grant application.

The Mason County Community Foundation Affiliate (MCCF) has funds available to provide mini-grants of up to $1,000 to Mason County Schools to support teacher-initiated educational projects and programs that benefit Mason County students through the Dickens Family Fund for Mason County Schools. Grants from this fund support innovative classroom projects that enhance the education of Mason County students. Schools apply using the Foundation's mini-grant application form, available on the Foundation's web site. The application deadline is September 1.

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 grant guidelines and application forms. For more information, contact Marian Clowes at 304-428-4438 or info@pacfwv.com

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