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.
2017 FPW calendar is as follows:
Spring Grants March 28
Spring Decisions May 9
Fall LOIs August 15
Fall Grants September 19
Fall Decisions November 14
All grant LOIs and Convening requests need submitted digitally. You will need to set-up a FPW Grantee Profile prior to submitting you request. We hope to have online application submittal capabilities online shortly.
Convening Grants (submitted digitally):
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. 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 (submitted digitally):
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. 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:
If your LOI is approved, you may formally apply for a grant (unsolicited grants will not be reviewed). FPW is only accepting online grant submittals. To complete your proposal utilize the username and password you created in the previous step, and follow any directions provided by FPW staff.
NOTE: Neither hard nor digital copies are required. AMD projects will be required to upload a copy of their Datashed Account registration. 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 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. 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. Click here for grant reporting information. Please complete the entire process and send a link to a cloudbased service for our downloading (e.g. GoogleDrive or DropBox)–no express deliveries accepted.
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.