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Fall Grant Programs Announced

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) is pleased to announce several competitive grant programs will be accepting applications over the next several months.

The Harry E. & Olive T. Barth Charitable Trust grant cycle is currently open and will close September 21.  The Barth Charitable Trust, administered by Wesbanco Bank, Inc., seeks to make annual grants for use by non-profit organizations in West Virginia with preference, though not exclusively, to those organizations from the City of Sistersville, West Virginia and Tyler County, West Virginia areas that seek program support within stated policies and procedures guidelines.  Civic and governmental entities may also be considered.

The SWN Mini-Grant opportunity, established this year in partnership with Southwestern Energy, will accept applications between September 3 and October 16.  These will support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.  This partnership will provide mini-grant opportunities for K-12 educators in Brooke, Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel county public school systems who seek to incorporate STEM concepts into the classroom.

The Chevron Community Fund application period will open September 4 and close October 12.  Chevron created this opportunity to direct philanthropic resources to the needs of the communities where the company conducts business.  Nonprofit organizations in or serving Marshall County may apply.  Basic human needs, STEM education and workforce development are the preferred areas of focus.

The Community Impact Fund, an opportunity funded through various unrestricted, field of interest and donor-advised funds of the Foundation, will accept pre-applications between September 10 and October 19.   Any 501(c)(3) organization, faith-based organization or government entity (schools, libraries, etc.) serving Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel or Tyler counties in West Virginia or Belmont or Jefferson counties in Ohio is welcome to submit a letter.  Newly established areas of focus include substance abuse prevention/treatment, next generation leadership/mentoring, youth recreation/activities and economic development. Organizations seeking support for projects beyond those focus areas are welcome to express interest.  Selected organizations will be invited to submit a full grant application, which will be due December 14.

The Women’s Giving Circle will accept grant applications October 1 through November 9.  The Women’s Giving Circle seeks to fund organizations that increase life skills for women and girls, encourage the healthy development and personal authority of young girls or raise awareness of gender disparities in our communities.  Applicant organizations must hold 501(c)(3) status and serve Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel or Tyler counties in West Virginia or Belmont or Jefferson counties in Ohio.

The Belmont County Enrichment Fund, previously known as the Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund, is an affiliate fund of CFOV comprised of Belmont County landowners and industry stakeholders.  Grants made from the fund are to be for the benefit of nonprofit organizations in or serving Belmont County.  Applications will be accepted November 5 through December 14.

All CFOV competitive grant programs are diverse in focus and process.  Interested organizations are encouraged to visit www.cfov.org/grants to learn more about the structure of each opportunity and access application instructions.  For more information, please call the Foundation at 304-242-3144.