Apply for a Grant
The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds awards grants to citizens groups that have IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit status. Individuals, businesses and government agencies are not eligible for Foundation grants. Our primary service area is from the Ohio boarder to the Susquehanna River’s mainstem.
2016 FPW calendar is as follows:
Spring LOIs February 15
Spring Grants March 28
Spring Decisions May 10
Fall LOIs August 15
Fall Grants September 19
Fall Decisions November 8
All deadlines are considered to be close of business (COB) on specified day. FPW considers this to be 4PM EST. LOIs and grants not post-marked by the deadlines will not be considered. Please complete forms, print, and send a digital and hardcopy (narratives in .doc or .docx format, pictures in .jpg formats, and all others .pdf) to the FPW Office. FPW does not accept ANY means of express delivery for ANY of its grant steps. Incomplete applications will be returned and not reviewed!
Convening Grants (NOTE OUR APPLICATION HAS CHANGED):
These small grants are intended to support project collaboration, and special needs. Convening grants are not subject to LOIs, are accepted on a revolving basis, and cannot exceed $2,000. To apply click here. Be sure to read the entire document, and submit a completed Common Grants Form. Please note that the grant application packet contains more than one page. Grantees are responsible for final reporting. Note: organizations with out of state IRS determination letters must provide a valid certificate of good standing with the Pennsylvania Bureau Of Charitable Giving.
Step One: Letter of Inquiry (NOTE OUR APPLICATION HAS CHANGED):
Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are intended to inform Foundation staff about your grant. The LOI provides a brief framework for evaluating your project, and determining if it fits with the Foundation’s funding objectives. Full proposals are not due with your LOI. Click here for information on submitting your LOI. Please complete the entire process and send a digital and hard copy–no express deliveries accepted. Please note that a completed Common Grants form is mandatory. Incomplete submittals will not be reviewed. Note: organizations with out of state IRS determination letters must provide a valid certificate of good standing with the Pennsylvania Bureau Of Charitable Giving.
Step Two- Application (NOTE OUR APPLICATION HAS CHANGED):
If your LOI is approved, you may formally apply for a grant (unsolicited grants will not be reviewed). Click here to download your grant application packet. Please complete the entire process and send a digital and hard copy–no express deliveries accepted. Incomplete submittals will not be reviewed.
NOTE: A hard and digital copy are required. Digital files should be in the preferred formats. Grant applications must be post-marked by the grant deadline. Foundation will no longer accept express shipped packages of any kind. Lastly, all new AMD projects must create a Datashed account, and provide project information to this online repository. Please submit your Datashed account confirmation with your application. Note: organizations with out of state IRS determination letters must provide a valid certificate of good standing with the Pennsylvania Bureau Of Charitable Giving.
Step Three: Approval
The Foundation Board meets to review grant applications twice a year, in the spring and in the fall (see above schedule). Upon selection, applicants will be notified and funds will be transferred. By cashing your award check you agree to the terms and conditions of the award, and are bound to complying with any grant conditions specified in your award letter. Your submitted scope of work serves as your grant contract. Final reporting is mandatory for all grants!
Step Four: Final Report
All grantees must submit a final report to be fully eligible for future grants. Final reports are due within 30 days of project completion. Projects not completed at the end of a year must provide an interim report following the same reporting criterion. No new grants will be awarded to a grantee until their project reporting is up to date. Click here for grant reporting information. Please complete the entire process and send a digital and hard copy–no express deliveries accepted. Additionally, note that the Rhiza requirement is now linked to www.FPWGrants.org. Please note that Gwen Johnson is no longer the Rhiza contact; contact Branden or Teresa about that reporting obligation.
Note: Failure to follow the grant procedures will result in the disqualification of your proposal. Final reports must be completed prior to requesting any additional funds, except for Convening Grants.