General Funding Topics
Is your funding restricted to a particular geographic area?
Yes. We only make grants to organizations that provide services in the following West Virginia counties: Upshur, Barbour, Webster, Lewis, and Randolph.
My organization is headquartered outside the five county region served by St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon but we provide services to those living within that area. Can we apply for funding from the PFB?
Yes, as long as the project provides services in the five-county PFB region.
What should I do if I'm not sure if my project fits within the scope of one of your priority areas?
Contact Janell Ray at 713-560-7451 or email@example.com to see if your request is a good fit for our foundation.
What legal status must my organization have in order to apply?
The PFB makes grants to nonprofit, tax exempt 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) and is not a private foundation within the meaning of Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Does the PFB make grants to individuals?
No, grants are made only to 501(c)(3) organizations.
Does the PFB fund scholarships?
No, the PFB does not fund scholarships.
Does the PFB fund indirect costs?
Currently, we do not fund indirect costs.
Can a church apply to the 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 the PFB. Please note that the PFB does not make grants in support of religious purposes.
Is there a limit on the amount I can request?
While the PFB has not set a limit on funding requests at this time, it is the intent of PFB to fund multiple programs which, of necessity, may limit grant awards.
Can I request funding for more than one year?
Not at this time.
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.
Does the PFB accept grant applications electronically?
Yes. All grant applications must be submitted electronically. See the Grant Programs section of the website for more information.
How often can I apply to the PFB for funds?
An organization can apply for the PFB funds once during each funding cycle. Whether your request is funded or declined, you will need to wait until the next funding cycle to reapply.
I have requested a certain dollar amount from the PFB. Will you fund requests at amounts less than requested?
The PFB may choose to support requests at a level equal to or less than the amount requested.
Are small organizations with small budgets (less than $250,000) required to have an audit to apply?
This is preferable but we understand that there are legitimate reasons why having a professional audit done may be difficult. These cases will be considered on an individual basis.
What does the PFB look for in terms of measuring impact and evaluation?
Successful applicants are able to clearly articulate the outcomes they hope to achieve and exactly what infrastructure or process they have in place or will establish to measure those outcomes.
Funding Application Topics
What are your application deadlines?
Letters of Inquiry must be received by May 31, 2016. Applications from organizations invited to submit full applications must be received by August 15, 2016.
What do you look for in a successful grant application?
We encourage you to review our funding priorities and the resources on our website to determine it is appropriate for you to submit a proposal. We focus our resources on those organizations that align with our mission, vision, and funding priorities as well as a demonstrable level of sound leadership and infrastructure.
How do I apply to the PFB?
We only accept applications through our online grants system. To learn more and start that process, visit the Grant Programs section of our website.
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.
Are all fields on the application required?
No. The majority of questions are required but there are some optional questions that may or may not be applicable to all applicants.
Can I print a copy of the application before I start?
Yes. You can download and print a copy of the application questions here.
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?
Yes. We appreciate that you may have additional materials that you wish to share with us.
Will site visits be conducted before or after I apply?
If necessary, in most cases site visits would be requested and held after a Letter of Inquiry is received but may be requested at any time during the process.
How can we contact the PFB?
Call Janell Ray at 713-560-7451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whom do I contact for technical support with the online application?
If you need help while you are in the application itself please contact Janell Ray at 713-560-7451 or email@example.com.