Program and Planning Grants
PATH Foundation’s Program and Planning Grants are 12-month grants for new or existing projects related to one or more of the Foundation’s four priority areas: access to health, childhood wellness, mental health, and senior services. Applicants may request funding for up to $100,000, though most grants will be lower. Unrestricted general operations are not eligible for funding in this grant cycle.
To apply, organizations must submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) no later than November 3, 2017. The LOI is a preliminary proposal submitted through the Foundation’s online grant portal. Accepted applicants will receive an invitation in late January 2018 to submit a full application, which are due February 26, 2018. Award recipients will be notified in June 2018. Successful grantees must use funding within one year of award.
Eligible applicants include 501(c)(3) nonprofits, religious institutions for non-religious purposes, or local government entities in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper Counties. The PATH Foundation will consider requests that reflect its mission, vision and values.
Review the Program and Planning grant criteria below to ensure that your organization’s project aligns with the grant program’s parameters. Download the Sample Outcomes Matrix and the Working Outcomes Matrix here.
The PATH Foundation recognizes that funding for programs and planning is very important to nonprofits. Careful strategic planning, board cultivation and the uninterrupted running of core organizational activities are essential to the success of thriving community institutions. Annual planning grants will be offered to nonprofits and public agencies with a track record of community impact and sound fiscal management.
- Provide financial support for effective and essential programs for nonprofits
- Encourage nonprofit boards and staff to engage in capacity building and leadership cultivation
- Facilitate critical, long-range strategic planning
The PATH Foundation will consider requests that reflect its mission, values and four areas of focus:
- Access to Health
- Childhood Wellness and Nutrition
- Mental Health
- Senior Services
Organizations and their proposals must be engaged in addressing one or more of these specific areas. Funding is given greater consideration when the application demonstrates the intersection of four areas: need, opportunity, potential impact and collaboration. The PATH Foundation strongly encourages applicants to base their requests on demonstrated project design, rather than the allowable funding maximum.
- Provide an IRS determination letter confirming that they are exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- The recipient can be a fiscal agent for others, as long as the purpose is charitable.
- Government entities may apply for planning grants but are not eligible for general operating funds.
- Organizations requesting funds for strategic planning may be established or emerging/new institutions.
- Proposals must benefit people and organizations within the Foundation’s service area of Fauquier County, Rappahannock County and northern Culpeper County.
- Applicants may submit only one application per grant cycle.
Types of Requests Not Supported:
- Grants to individuals, private foundations, event sponsorship, or fundraising
- Faith-based institutions for religious purposes
- Multi-year requests
- Short-term or temporary projects
Process for Successful Grant Requests
The grant process consists of two steps: a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) open to all eligible applicants, and a full application by invitation. All applications must be submitted through our online grant portal. Paper submissions will not be considered.
Timeline and Process
- Applicant Requests Meeting with PATH Foundation Staff (optional)
- Submit Letter of Inquiry (September 21 – November 3, 2017)
- PATH Foundation Issues Invitation to Submit Full Application (January 2018)
- Applicant Submits Full Application (due by February 26, 2018)
- Final Determination and Notification (June 2018)
Letter of Inquiry
The LOI is a preliminary proposal that asks the applicant to submit basic information about the organization, its history and mission, audience served and core activities. Additionally, applicants will be asked to provide information about finances, volunteers, staff and board. Organizations requesting funding for strategic planning will be asked to provide details about the goals and process proposed. Applicants will be invited to submit a Project Outcomes Matrix provided by the PATH Foundation for benchmarking purposes. The matrix is optional during the LOI phase, but highly recommended.
In all cases, applicants will be asked to consider and address three key questions:
- What do you want to accomplish?
- How do you plan to do it?
- How will you measure your outcomes?
Applicants who are invited to submit a full proposal following successful review of the LOI will have one month to complete the application. Building on the LOI, the application requests more detailed and expansive information about the organization, board participation, use of resources, budget and sustainability. Additionally, the Project Outcomes Matrix must be submitted with the full application.
Funding and Reporting
Funding to successful grantees must be used within one year of award. Grantees will be required to submit two reports during the grant cycle: an interim progress report and a final analysis detailing process, outcomes and lessons. Additionally, the Project Outcomes Matrix must be submitted or updated before the end of the grant cycle.
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