General Funding Topics
Is your funding restricted to a particular geographic area?
Yes. We only make grants to organizations in the five-county region historically served by St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon. These counties include Barbour, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur, and Webster.
My organization is headquartered outside the five-county region served by Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon, but we provide services to those living within that area. Can we apply for funding from PFB?
Yes, as long as the project provides services in one or more of the five PFB counties. Regional or statewide organizations should check with PFB before applying for funding, particularly under the Leadership Development Focus Area.
What should I do if I’m not sure if my project fits within the scope of one of your Focus Areas?
Contact Laura Boone at email@example.com or 304-397-5955 ext. 103 or Susan Aloi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-397-5955 ext. 104 to see if your request is a good fit for our Foundation.
What legal status must my organization have in order to apply?
PFB makes grants to nonprofit, tax exempt, and governmental organizations. To be eligible, an organization must have received an Internal Revenue Service Determination Letter indicating that it is an organization described in Section 501(c)(3), 509(a)(1), or 509(a)(2).
Does the Foundation make grants to individuals?
No, grants are made only to qualified organizations.
Does the Foundation fund scholarships?
No, the Foundation does not fund scholarships.
Does PFB fund indirect costs?
Currently, we do not fund indirect costs.
Can a church apply to PFB for funding?
Most churches are defined as tax-exempt in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code and would thus be eligible to apply to PFB. Please note that PFB does not make grants in support of religious purposes.
What is the size of a typical gift from PFB? Is there a limit on the amount I can request?
Each PFB Initiative has its own funding range and limits. Within each Initiative, award sizes vary. Under the Healthy Communities Initiative applicants may apply for funding awards up to $25,000. The Core Priorities Initiative has a range of $5,000 – $50,000.
Can I request funding for more than one year? Can my grant be renewed?
Healthy Communities Initiative and Core Priorities Initiative awards can be spent over a period of up to one year. Grants are not renewable; however, grantees may apply again in future funding cycles for additional funding for the same project or a new project.
How often can I apply to PFB for funds?
Each PFB Initiative has a set application cycle window when an organization can apply for funds. Applications are only accepted during these specific windows, and an organization only may apply once during each application cycle.
Can I apply for another PFB Grant Initiative if I currently have an open grant with PFB?
PFB will allow organizations to have more than one open grant with PFB. These open grants may be from the same initiative if funded in different years or across Initiatives funded in the same or different years.
I am uncertain about which Initiative is the best fit for my project. Whom should I contact for help with these project questions?
Please contact Laura Boone at 304-397-5955 ext. 103 or email@example.com or Susan Aloi at 304-397-5955 ext. 104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would it help my request if I have others (agencies, volunteers, funders, etc.) who are willing to partner with my organization to implement my project?
Yes. Whether it is financial assistance, in-kind donations, or volunteer efforts, we look for others who demonstrate commitment to your project.
I have requested a certain dollar amount from PFB. Will you fund requests at amounts less than requested?
PFB may choose to support requests at a level equal to or less than the amount requested. If an amount less than requested is approved, PFB will discuss this thoroughly with the applicant and make sure that the award can be done with appropriate adjustments to the original proposal.
Are small organizations with small budgets (less than $250,000) required to have an audit to apply?
No. While it is preferred, we understand that there are legitimate reasons why having a certified audit done may be difficult.
What do you look for in a successful grant application?
We encourage you to review our Focus Areas and the resources on our website to determine if it is appropriate for you to submit a proposal. We direct our resources toward those organizations that align with our Mission, Vision, and Values, and Focus Areas as well as demonstrate a level of sound leadership and infrastructure.
What does PFB look for in terms of measuring impact and evaluation?
Successful applicants are able to clearly articulate the goals they hope to achieve and exactly what infrastructure or process they have in place or will establish to measure those goals. PFB will work with the grantees to ensure mutually agreeable goals and measures.
Funding Application Topics
How do I apply to PFB?
We only accept applications through our grant management system. Each PFB Initiative only accepts applications during specified application windows each year. To learn more about the application process, visit the Criteria section of our website.
What are your application deadlines?
Our application deadlines are posted on the Criteria section of the website.
Do I need to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) prior to applying?
The Healthy Communities Initiative does not require the submission of an LOI before submitting a full application. The Core Priorities Initiative does require an LOI, which will be reviewed by PFB prior to inviting an organization to submit a full application.
Do I have to complete the entire application in one sitting?
No. Our online system will allow you to save and return to your application in progress. You will have one year from the time you begin an online application to finalize and submit it.
Are all fields on the application required?
Most application questions are required and are marked with an asterisk. If a required question does not apply to your organization or request, please indicate such in the response field. The application also contains some optional questions.
Can I copy and paste information into the online application?
Are there word limits on my responses to application questions?
Yes. Word limits are enforced on all questions. The application will count words for you as you enter text (note the tally at the bottom of the text field), but it will not stop you from entering more than the word limit. When you reach the final submission stage, the system will not accept your application until you reduce the size of any answers that exceed a required limit.
Can I upload additional supplemental materials apart from the required attachments?
No. We appreciate that you may have additional materials that you wish to share with us and suggest materials not requested on the application be mailed to PFB.
Will site visits be conducted before or after I apply?
If necessary, site visits will be requested and held after an application is received.
Whom do I contact for technical support with the online application?
If you need technical assistance with the grant management system please contact Janell Ray at 304-397-5955 ext. 101 or email@example.com.