Community Partnership Grants FAQ
Community Partnership Grants Frequently Asked Questions
The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation awards Community Partnership grants on an annual, competitive basis to publicly supported organizations with 501(c)(3) exempt status located in Lehigh and Northampton Counties for programs provided in those counties. Additionally, the Ben Franklin Trust Fund provides limited funding for non-profit organizations located in Monroe County. For more information about grants to Monroe County please contact the Foundation.
The Foundation alternates its Community Partnership grants focus each year based on six specific areas of grantmaking.
In odd-numbered calendar years, applications will be accepted from non-profits whose missions are focused on:
• Arts, Culture, and Heritage
In even-numbered calendar years, applications will be accepted from non-profits whose missions are focused on:
• Human Services
• Community Development
Applications for Community Partnership grants will be accepted only from organizations with a mission that is within one of the areas being funded that year. If the program for which funding is sought is in one of the areas being funded that year, but the organization's mission is not, the application will not be considered.
Once an organization is placed in an even year or an odd year cycle, it will remain in that cycle.
In determining an organization’s grantmaking area, the Foundation uses the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) Classification System. An organization’s mission (as reflected in its NTEE code), not the program for which it is seeking funding, determines how it is classified. An initial NTEE code is assigned when the IRS grants tax-exempt status.
LVCF has matched NTEE codes to its six grantmaking areas as follows:
• Arts, Culture and Heritage - A
• Education - B
• Environment – C, D
• Healthcare – E, F, G, H
• Human Services – I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P
• Community Development – Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y
Eligibility of an organization with an NTEE code of Z (unclassified) will be determined at the discretion of the Community Foundation.
An organization’s NTEE code can be determined by:
• The organization’s original 501(C)(3) Determination Letter from the IRS
• The organization’s Guidestar profile
• The IRS Exempt Organizations Business Master File
There are no limits to how much an organization can request.
During the 2015 grants cycle, grant amounts requested ranged from $1,400 to $100,000 and grants awarded ranged from $1,500 to $20,000. The average grant request was $12,000 and the average amount granted was $8,000.
LVCF will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary during the 2016 and 2017 grants cycles and will be making special celebration grants. It is expected that the average Community Partnership grant amount during this time will be $5,000.
Community Partnership grants cannot be used for:
• Educational scholarships for pre-K, primary, secondary or post-secondary education
• Capital Campaigns
All applications are given consideration by the Discretionary Grants Committee. With the organizations’ permission, all unfunded applications will be shared with LVCF’s donor-advisors for consideration.
|July 1||Deadline for submitting application to LVCF|
|November||LVCF's Discretionary Grants Committee makes its recommendations to the LVCF board for approval|
|December/January||All applicants are notified and grant checks are processed|
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Any charity that solicits contributions within the State of Pennsylvania is required to register with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations unless exempt from the registration requirements. LVCF will only consider applications submitted by organizations that comply with the filing requirements. Click the link below to view a current copy of LVCF's certificate for reference.
An organization that receives a Community Partnership grant must:
• Announce the grant on the organization’s website and social media and include a link to the LVCF website within 30 days of receipt of the grant. Also, adequately and appropriately publicize the grant through other means
• Use the grant for the program or purpose for which it is granted
• Submit a final report