Apply for a Grant
Open Grant Cycles
Below are the funds that are accepting grant applications at this time. Please review each link for application information, deadlines, etc.
If you have additional questions or if your program or project does not align with any of the funds below, feel free to schedule an appointment with Sharon Alexander, CCCF President, to discuss.
If you are a student looking for information about 2023 Scholarship Opportunities, please click here.
Fund for Carbon County
The Fund for Carbon County is the discretionary fund, overseen by the CCCF Board of Directors, to award grants on a competitive basis to a variety of causes and charities in our community and to support Foundation operations. Applications are due April 9, 2023.
Carbon County Creative Arts Fund
The Carbon County Creative Arts Fund supports all manner of artistic pursuits for the benefit of the Carbon County region, including nonprofit organizations, charitable programs, and individuals pursuing the creative arts. Applications are due April 9, 2023.
Please note: you will be directed to complete the Fund for Carbon County application. Be sure to select “Arts & Culture” as an answer to the question, “Which funding/focus area best describes the area your project/program addresses?” in order to have your application eligible for a Creative Arts Fund grant.
Penny Allison Early Childhood Fund
To honor the legacy of its namesake, the Penny Allison Early Childhood Fund is dedicated to advancing the cause of Early Childhood Education. The Fund welcomes applications for grants from teachers and staff representing school programs such as Kindergarten, Pre-K Counts, Head Start, and other nonprofit organizations serving children and families in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Applications are due April 9, 2023.
Scouting Support Fund
The Scouting Support Fund is intended to support all manner of scouting activities particularly in the Carbon County region and in lower Luzerne and northern Schuylkill Counties, especially the Greater Hazleton area. Scouting organizations/troops and individuals are invited to apply. Applications are due April 9, 2023.
Guidelines for Grants
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply. If you do not have a 501(c)(3) status, please contact CCCF’s director to see if it might still be possible for you to apply.
- If applicant is not the Chief Executive Officer themselves, he or she should have authorization from the CEO to apply on the organization’s behalf.
- Applicants are welcome to request all manner of support, including program, capital, and operational support.
- All fields of community service are eligible for funding consideration.
- The project, program, or activities for which funding is sought should be completed within the 12 month period following the grant award. As part of the grant agreement, the organization should expect to provide a brief follow-up report (see report template/guidelines)
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to list other resources, including in-kind support, in their budgets. CCCF may fund a project 100%, however, we encourage collaboration and like to see other resources committed.
Grant Application Evaluation
Each fund at the Community Foundation is different, but generally, we take into consideration five key areas when evaluating your grant application:
Strategy/Feasibility: Does the proposal have clear goals, including a well-thought-out timeline? Does the proposal present a solid strategy for achieving anticipated goals?
Community Need: Is there a significant, critical, localized, and timely need for the program or project proposed?
Impact/Return on Investment: Will the program or project have a significant, far-reaching, and/or long-lasting impact on Carbon County and its residents?
Sustainability: Is the proposal realistic and attainable? Does the organization have the intent and capacity to sustain the program?
Budget/Organizational Health: All project expenses and other revenue sources are realistic considering audience size and stated goals? Is the organization financially secure? Is the leadership/board actively engaged in organizational governance and success?
2023 Grants Info Session
We hosted a virtual info session on Monday, February 13th to go over the general guidelines for grants, as well as specific information and requirements for the funds accepting grant applications in Spring 2023.
Click here to watch the recording of that info session.
If you have additional questions or would like to discuss your application before submitting, click here to schedule an appointment with Sharon Alexander, CCCF President.