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STRATEGY IN ACTION

The Community Foundation supports the work of nonprofits through grants to organizations directly from our donors and competitive grantmaking in Bedford, Cambria, Somerset, and Indiana counties. If you are interested in applying, you can preview opportunities in our grantee portal after you create a login. If this is your first visit, CLICK HERE to open a PDF of tips and guidelines for how to use our online application system.

 

Grant FAQs

The Community Foundation offers annual Fall and Spring grant award rounds, as well as grantmaking aimed at strategic initiatives.

Our Spring 2022 Grant Round opens in late November. Check back for additional information.

The Community Foundation offers annual Fall and Spring grant award rounds, as well as grantmaking aimed at strategic initiatives. Our Fall Grant Round deadline is always the last Friday of August (with decisions made by mid-November) and our Spring Grant Round deadline is always the last Friday of January (with decisions made by late April). 

Please note: The maximum grant amount that may be requested from the Spring and Fall grant rounds is $7,500. Additionally, grants toward strategic initiatives such as Community and Economic Development and Early Childhood Care and Education will be announced as funding becomes available. Please subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow our social media for alerts about these opportunities. 

If you received a grant from the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies prior to June 2020 (Spring or Fall grant rounds, the Early Childhood Education Fund, or the Community Initiatives Fund), OR if you received a grant from the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund at any time, please CLICK HERE to fill out a Final Grant Report. After you register or log-in, you will need to click on "APPLY" and then enter this access code to fill out this report: CFA$Report.

If you received a grant from the Community Foundation (other than a COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grant) after June 2020, you will receive an email on how to access your final grant report via your dashboard in our application system. (In that system, below your application, you will see the final grant report form listed. Click on the blue “Edit” link to the right of the form to access the form. You can save the form as often as you need but remember to submit by the due date.)

CLICK HERE for a link to helpful tips and guidelines about the online system. If you have any additional questions, reach out to CFA Grants Administrator Emily Wood at ewood@cfalleghenies.org.

All applicants can periodically check their dashboard within the application system to verify the status of their request. Declinations as well as grant award winners will be notified of the results via email. The email will be sent to the email address of the person who was listed as the contact person in the grant application.

The following are eligible for Community Foundation grants: nonprofit organizations that serve Bedford, Cambria, Somerset, and/or Indiana counties with evidence of IRS designation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; governmental entities; volunteer fire companies with a 501(c)(4) status; and organizations that the IRS has determined to be tax-exempt, such as a church.

Projects and expenses that will not be funded by the Community Foundation:

  • Debt
  • Activities that occurred prior to the beginning date of the grant
  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Government entities for basic services
  • Projects that discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, or any veteran status.

The Community Foundation publicizes grants and grant stories through media relations, social media, publications, and our website. We find this helps bring communities together on common interests and activities. We encourage you to also share success stories and photos so we can create additional partnerships to help make the Alleghenies an even more enjoyable place to live. Please CLICK HERE for guidelines to help you publicize your program.

CFA's Nonprofit Resource Library provides access to a database of more than 17 million grant opportunities. We have certified staff available to help you navigate the database and find resources to help your organization grow and thrive. CLICK HERE to find out more. 

You can also reach out to CFA Grants Administrator Emily Wood to schedule a visit: ewood@cfalleghenies.org or 814-208-8448.

CLICK HERE for a list of our grantees from the Spring 2022 Grant round.

CLICK HERE for a list of our grantees from the Fall 2021 Grant round.

CLICK HERE to see the full list of grants distributed from all of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ funds during FY 2022.

Applications will be screened for eligibility and completeness by Community Foundation staff. Applications that may fit the criteria for other funding sources that we are aware of may be forwarded to those funders for consideration. Our Distribution Committee will evaluate eligible applications and will forward grant recommendations to the our Board of Directors for final approval.

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ Distribution Committee awards grants twice annually. These grants have a maximum of $7,500, but are typically in the range of $500 to $5,000.

The Community Foundation provides charitable service administration for the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund and the Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation.

CLICK HERE for information about the Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund.

CLICK HERE for information about the Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation.

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