CWB Underwrites Senior, Community Development Projects

Funder: Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation; Opportunity: 2017 grants; Funding Focus: Education, seniors and economic development; Geographic Focus: WV& PA; Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies (the foundation made $17 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.

Info:; Maggie Martin, grants administrator, at 412/246-3636, 412/288-0360,

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Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education.

Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government.

Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.

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