Funder: Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation; Opportunity: 2016 grants; Funding Focus: Education, seniors and economic development; Geographic Focus: WV& PA; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies (the foundation made $15.2 million in awards last year). Deadline: Rolling.
Summary: The foundation supports nonprofits in West Virginia and in southwestern Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties). Specifically, the priorities for both geographic areas include: education, from pre-kindergarten to post-secondary education for adults; and economic development. The grants have a special emphasis on the creation of innovative businesses and jobs in distressed communities and civic engagement, with a focus on enhancing participation in civic life by all citizens, especially older adults. In West Virginia only, the foundation also provides grants in the areas of health and human services, and community development. Before applying for a grant, applicants should carefully review the foundation’s Mission and Guiding Principles, as well as its West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania grant program descriptions.