The Beckley Area Foundation (BAF) is seeking applications for its Community Grant Program to address the community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities.
The Beckley Area Foundation, Inc. was established in January 1985 by ten community-minded citizens. It began with a gift of $1.1 million from the Dr Thomas Walker Memorial Health Foundation as “seed” money for this Raleigh County project. BAF assets have grown to nearly $42 million in 474 different funds managed by our three trustee banks. Today, the Beckley Area Foundation is one of West Virginia’s largest community foundations.
BAF makes annual discretionary grants to charitable organizations serving Raleigh County in the areas of:
- Health and Human Services;
- Public recreation;
- Civic beautification;
- Economic Development.
- At the current time, no more than $7,000 per year will be awarded to an individual organization through the discretionary grant process.
Types of Projects
BAF places priority on the following types of projects:
- Innovative special projects not part of the ongoing maintenance or operation of the organization.
- Seed money for pilot projects or for a new organization designed to respond to unmet or emerging community needs.
- Projects that either serves a significant number of residents or reach a group of under-served residents of Raleigh County.
- Capital and equipment needs.
- Matching grants to provide leverage for additional funding.
- Projects that empower organizations to obtain on-going financial support from other sources.
- Sudden or urgent needs where prior planning for such needs could not reasonably have been made.
- The Foundation considers grant requests from organizations which are:
- Designated as a non-profit under Section 501-c-3 of the Internal Revenue Code or are public institutions, school or municipality. An IRS determination letter verifies 501-c-3 status.
- Programs funded must benefit Raleigh County. While the proposed program itself must serve Raleigh County, the applicant organization is not required to be headquartered in Raleigh County.
- Project or program must occur within the defined grant period: April 1, 2021 — March 31, 2022.
- Submission of an application, including all required documents and information, by the application deadline.
- Grants are not considered for:
- Projects outside the grant period of April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022;
- Political Purposes or Lobbying;
- Sectarian religious programs;
- Annual Campaigns;
- On-going maintenance & operating expenses;
- PPE items or materials.
How to apply:
- Go to their Grant Portal.
- If you are a new user, you will need to create an account. Previous grantees will use their previous log-on information.
- At the top of your screen, click on Apply. Select the Community Grant Program 2021-2022 application to begin.
For more information, visit https://www.bafwv.org/community-grant-program.html