The Fund supports nonprofit organizations with programs and projects that impact children and youth in Columbia, Lycoming and/or Montour counties.

Available to Grant

Three grants will be awarded in the amount of $4,500 each
One grant for each applicable county: Columbia, Lycoming, and Montour

Deadline and Notification

Online application will be available for submission through OCTOBER 1
Final funding notification will be made after the DECEMBER FCFP board meeting

Who May Apply

  • Nonprofit organizations that are qualified to receive tax-exempt contributions as defined by the IRS – in the vast majority of cases, applicants will be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or a unit of government as described in section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Nonprofit organizations without 501(c)(3) status may work through another qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is willing to serve as a Fiscal Sponsor
  • Nonprofit organizations with programs and projects that benefit children and youth in Columbia, Lycoming, and/or Montour County

Ineligible Requests

  • Annual campaigns
  • Costs that were or will be incurred prior to the anticipated grant approval date
  • Endowments
  • General operating expenses such as: salaries for current staff positions, rent, utilities, office expenses/supplies
  • Salaries for new staff for new programs or program enhancements may be considered
  • Multi-year funding requests
  • Operating or program deficits
  • Re-granting, on a case-by-case basis
  • Religious organizations may only apply through a secular qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for community-wide programs/projects
  • Cemeteries, School Districts and School District Foundations, Volunteer Fire Companies
  • School Districts and School District Foundations may apply if collaborating with one or more other districts
  • Clubs, sports teams, or services limited to a select membership
  • Loans, scholarships, fellowships, honorary awards, or travel grants
  • Requests from individuals

General Criteria for Reviewing Requests

  • Impact a broad range and diverse group of people in the services area(s)
  • Address community needs and/or opportunities in innovative and creative ways
  • Result in attainable and measurable goals
  • Illustrate financial strength to ensure long-term self-sustainability, especially when seeking start-up or seed funding
  • Show collaboration with other nonprofits without duplicating efforts
  • Leverage or generate other funding sources and/or propose use of grant to attract matching funds

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