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, feel free to schedule an appointment with Sharon Alexander, CCCF President, to discuss.
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 5, 2024.
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 5, 2024.
If you are a student looking for information about 2024 Scholarship Opportunities, please click here.
Spring Grants Cycle: Info Session
If you have additional questions or would like to discuss your application before submitting it, click here to schedule an appointment with Sharon Alexander, CCCF President.
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?