Applicants to TGKVF’s responsive grantmaking program must focus on Arts & Culture or Basic Needs.  Before applying, applicants must discuss their intended project with a program officer; if, after this discussion, it is determined that the project in question does not align with one of TGKVF’s three goals in education, health, or civic engagement & community building, the applicant may apply through the competitive, responsive process.  All applicants must demonstrate their ability to build one or more forms of community wealth.  For more information about community wealth, please click here.

Arts & Culture Responsive Grantmaking

TGKVF believes that arts and cultural activities are integral to a community’s success. Arts & Culture priority will be given to organizations seeking to increase opportunities for marginalized communities to participate in diverse and artistic experiences and particularly those that foster creativity, self-expression, and cross-cultural exchange.  Those projects that demonstrate their ability to achieve measurable results and involve goal-oriented, flexible partnerships among nonprofit, public, and private sectors will also be prioritized.

Basic Needs Responsive Grantmaking

TGKVF believes that without caring for its residents’ basic needs, a community is incapable of thriving.  For this reason, the Foundation will continue to support basic needs projects through a competitive, responsive grantmaking process.  Basic needs, as we define them, are shelter, food, and clothing.

Basic Needs priority will be given to organizations that demonstrate the potential to expand or deepen their impact or those that are already achieving measureable impact. Efforts that involve goal-oriented, flexible partnerships among the nonprofit, public, and private sectors are most compelling.  Initiatives that take a long-term view of what is required to move people and places out of poverty will also be prioritized.

Responsive Grantmaking Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • be 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations or public government entities as determined by the IRS
  • demonstrate their ability to build community wealth
  • exhibit multi-agency collaboration
  • serve Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Clay, Lincoln, and/or Fayette counties

Application and Review Sequence and Flow

  • Applicants are invited to apply on a rolling basis
  • Applicants must work with a program officer prior to applying
  • Applications are reviewed by the Distribution Committee which makes funding recommendations to our Board of Trustees
  • Funding decisions will be made quarterly (March, June, September, December) by our Board of Trustees
  • Funded projects typically have a one-year timespan; final and interim reports are due at the appropriate times throughout the grant period