In 2020, the Pallottine Foundation of Buckhannon opens its inaugural Core Priorities Initiative. The Foundation believes that while there are many health challenges in our community, three of the most pressing areas of need are food insecurity, substance use disorder, and tobacco use prevention and cessation. This Initiative will provide significant support for projects that align with one or more of these three Core Priorities:
Applying for a Core Priorities Initiative grant is a two-stage process that consists of submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and, if invited, submitting a full application. A potential applicant also should review our Criteria section to ensure your organization meets the Foundation’s basic eligibility requirements. The 2020 Core Priorities Request for Proposal (RFP) and application guidance is posted HERE. Additionally, a potential applicant should review the Core Priority Focus Areas to ensure your proposed project is appropriately aligned with at least one of the Core Priorities.
LOIs will not be accepted before the application posting date. The expected funding distribution date will be September 30, 2020, and the grant period will be for one year. Key dates for the Initiative are:
|Request for Proposals Issued||May 11, 2020|
|Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Submission Deadline||June 15, 2020|
|LOI Acceptance & Invitation to Apply||July 1, 2020|
|Application Submission Deadline||July 31, 2020|
|Funding Decision Announcement||September 15, 2020|
|Grant Agreements & Funding Awards||September 30, 2020|
|Grant Performance Period||October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021|
Before submitting a LOI you should contact Laura Boone, Senior Program Officer, at 304-397-5955 ext. 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Aloi, Health Program Officer, at 304-397-5955 ext. 104 or email@example.com to discuss the proposed application.
Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Guidelines
An applicant seeking funding through the Core Priorities Initiative first must submit a LOI through the Foundation’s grant management system. A LOI submitted through any other format will not be accepted. Click here to establish an Organization Account or login to your existing account to begin the LOI process. For questions about using the grant management system, you may contact Janell Ray, Executive Director, at 304-397-5955 ext. 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of the LOI is to provide the necessary information for the Foundation staff to determine if the proposed project meets the Foundation’s minimum criteria. An organization is encouraged to submit the LOI well in advance of the posted deadline to provide enough time for the Foundation staff to review and respond to the request.
The following information will be requested for the LOI:
- Project Description and Goals
- Geographic Area of Service
- Amount of Funding Request
- Organizational Budget
All LOIs will receive full consideration and a prompt response indicating whether your organization should move forward with a formal grant application.
Grant Application Guidelines
If your organization’s LOI is approved, you will be invited to submit an application through the same grant management system that was used for the LOI. Click here to begin the application process.
The following information will be requested on the Application:
Grant Application Information:
- Organization’s full name, address, phone number, and email address.
- Contact name, address, phone number, and email address.
- Brief description of the organization’s purpose and mission.
- Brief summary of the organization’s accomplishments and ability to address the identified needs for which the proposed project will be implemented.
- Description of the issue or challenge the project will address
- Definition of the population the project will target
- Desired goals and measures for the project and how those measures will be evaluated
- Timeline for achieving the project goals and measures
- Supporting facts and data for the project
- Compatibility of the proposed project with the Foundation’s Mission, Vision, Values, and Core Priorities
- Short bios of key staff who will be involved with the project.
Grant Funding Request, Financial Information, and Other Supporting Data:
- Total cost of the project, including amount of request from PFB and other funding sources
- Other funders of the project including community support and in-kind donations
- Current year financial statements
- Description of how the project will be sustained when grant funding ends
- Audit reports, if conducted
The Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff will review the application for approval and funding level and notify each applicant of the decision.