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In response to requests from nonprofit organizations like yours, we have launched an online grant application portal that streamlines the application process, reduces paperwork and increases the transparency of the funding process. Organizing and submitting letters of inquiry, applications and support materials is now easier than ever before. Through the portal, you can check the status of applications, communicate directly with the Foundation, and review progress reports.

ELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS

To qualify for unrestricted grant support, your nonprofit organization must be located within Westmoreland County or demonstrate service to Westmoreland County residents. The Foundation only makes grants to nonprofits designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3) organizations (including churches) or to public entities such as towns, public schools or state agencies. All others must utilize a fiscal agent. For questions about your organization’s eligibility, please contact Caleb Crousey at ccrousey@cfwestmoreland.org

ESTABLISH A SINGLE ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE

The grant portal will maintain a record of your organization’s application history, which your organization may access any time. Before you start the setup process, we recommend that you carefully read the instructions and watch this video tutorial about how to create an account.

You may begin the process by entering your organization’s information, which creates the organizational profile. Be sure to enter your organization’s information accurately at setup. Once your profile is created, it can only be edited by the Foundation’s staff. We require that everyone within your organization use the same user account so that you may all easily view your organization’s full grant request history.

If you need assistance at any point of the process please contact our Grant Support Team at grantsupport@pghfdn.org.

REQUIREMENTS

We recommend that you create your account well in advance of grant submission deadlines in order to avoid last-minute issues. For best results, we recommend you use Google Chrome 14 or higher, Firefox 9 or higher, or Safari 4. Internet Explorer is also acceptable, but you may encounter some minor technical issues. We encourage you to watch this video tutorial about how to navigate the portal. We also recommend that you read these Frequently Asked Questions before you begin the application process.

When establishing your organizational account, you will be required to provide:

 

  • An email address as your username.
  • Your contact information.
  • Your organization’s information, including its EIN number.
  • Contact information for your organization’s executive officer.

Once your account is established, representatives from your organization may log in anytime to edit contact information, review the list of available grants and write letters of inquiry. You may save your inquiry as a draft and log back in later to revise and add supplemental materials before submitting. You may also review the status of your application. If a grant is awarded, check due dates and submit progress reports directly from your account.

SUBMITTING LETTERS OF INQUIRY

The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County will accept and review letters of inquiry that fall outside of our special funding initiatives: Capacity Building, Greensburg Foundation Fund, Healthy Communities, and Revitalizing Westmoreland. After carefully considering the previously stated grantmaking interests, if you believe that your organization fits our funding priorities, please use the link below to submit a letter of inquiry. You will be asked to write a brief statement about your organization, your proposed program or project, its intended outcomes and a draft budget/cost analysis. You will be notified by email once your inquiry has been received. Within 6 weeks, you will be notified of the status of your request.

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If CFWC staff determines that your inquiry is in line with the grant requirements, CFWC will contact your organization to discuss your proposal in detail to gather more information. Your organization will be given next steps to fund your project, or will be provided with feedback and direction for future funding opportunities.
Written and mail letters of inquiry are no longer be accepted. All inquiries must be submitted using the online platform. If this is not an option for your organization, please contact Caleb Crousey, CFWC Program and Development Officer to discuss other options.