The Williamsport Lycoming Competitive Grant Cycle considers requests from qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the residents of the City of Williamsport and Lycoming County, with missions relating to art & culture, education, health & human services, youth, environment, and economic development.
About This Grant Round: FCFP is using its leadership platform to address critical issues impacting the quality of life for all members of the community it serves. FCFP’s values include visionary leadership, which is further defined by creative, resourceful thinking that leads a community through action to achieve a common goal.
In June of 2020, the FCFP Board of Directors endorsed the staff’s selection of “Systemic Racism” as the critical issue to be addressed in the inaugural “First Focus Project”. The First Focus Project will serve as FCFP’s leadership platform to bring diverse groups together across the region through education and conversation with a goal of creating a collective community response to a critical issue.
FCFP values organizations that demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their staff, board, program partners/service providers, and constituencies. We are seeking an understating of potential grantees’ capacity and hopes to effectively navigate DEI issues. Additional questions within the application will address your organization’s DEI efforts.
Deadline and Notification
Submission deadline is June 1 at 11:59 P.M.
Final funding notification will be made after the September 20 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) organizations, or a unit of local 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
- Applicants must apply with a minimum request of $10,000 – maximum request of $250,000
- A majority of applicants’ programs must benefit the residents of Lycoming County
- General operating expenses such as salaries for current staff positions, rent, utilities, insurance
- Salaries for new staff may be considered
- Costs that were or will be incurred prior to the anticipated grant approval date
- Indirect costs: costs not directly related to carrying out the funded project
- Multi-year funding requests
- Operating or program deficits
- Re-granting, on a case-by-case basis
- Religious organizations may only apply through a partnering secular qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
- School Districts and School District Foundations
- School Districts may apply if collaborating with one or more other Districts
- Political advocacy that supports or promotes the interests of any one political party or candidate
- Loans, scholarships, fellowships, honorary awards
- Requests from individuals
- Organizations with outstanding or overdue final reports from previous grants cannot apply
General Criteria for Reviewing Requests
- Impact a broad range and diverse group of people
- 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
- FCFP values organizations that demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in their staff, board, program partners/service providers, and constituencies. We are seeking an understanding of potential grantees’ capacity and hopes to effectively navigate DEI issues. Additional questions within the application will address your organization’s DEI efforts
- Preference will be given to organization that have facilitated DEI strategies into their work