The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation has Five Main Priority Areas: Community Economic Development, Education, Health, Arts & Culture and Basic Needs. The Foundation will occasionally have unique grant making opportunities and those can be found under Special Initiatives. 

Periodically Foundation also has other competitive grantmaking opportunities. These special initiatives currently include Dental Health, Emergency Aid, Advancing Entrepreneurship Program, and West Side 3.0 grantmaking as well as James F.B. Peyton, C.C. Dickinson Family Giving Circle, African American Philanthropy in Action, and Kanawha Valley Council on Philanthropy grantmaking.

TGKVF Five Main Priority Areas

*all grants through TGKVF’s Five Main Priority Areas must serve one or a combination of the following: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln and/or Putnam counties. All grantees must be a 501c3 nonprofit organization or a government entity.

CED Priorities

  • Increase workforce development and career and technical education that result in job opportunities that pay a livable wage and benefits
  • Support small businesses in TGKVF’s service area and/or ensure a robust and effective small business support ecosystem, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship
  • Build upon the community’s social and economic condition through visible improvements, business districts, recreational and cultural enhancements, and support for gathering spaces
Health Priorities
  • Improve access to preventative, behavioral, and oral healthcare for marginalized communities
  • Increase the capacity of communities, organizations, and social enterprises to develop healthy recreational opportunities and/or expand access to locally grown, healthy foods
  • Expand the amount of public greenspace, access to streams and bikeable / walkable trails
Education Priorities
  • Increase access to proven education programs, including out-of-school time, tutoring mentoring, and/or learning programs that emphasize STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, or math) education
  • Deepen the impact and scale of programs that connect and involve families in their child’s education
  • Expand proven post-secondary guidance, career advisory, and/or trade and vocational schools that train students for available jobs
Arts & Culture Priorities
  • Increase the number and reach of programs that foster creativity, self-expression and cross-cultural exchange, especially in underserved areas
  • Advance creative arts and cultural work that takes risks, engages audiences in new ways, and/or crosscuts with other sectors, including education, health, basic needs, and community economic development
  • Support arts and cultural activities that include diverse populations as both audiences and active participants, particularly those that emphasize performing arts and/or youth involvement
Basic Needs Priorities
  • Support and encourage collaboration among nonprofit, public, and private sector efforts to ensure equitable access to basic needs resources such as of food, shelter, and clothing for individuals and communities in crisis
  • Strengthen initiatives that work to reduce food insecurity by increasing access to low-cost or no-cost food for individuals and families in need in underserved, population-dense, and rural communities
  • Engage with programs that provide immediate, adaptive, short-term shelter options and stabilize long-term housing for individuals and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness

Special Initiatives Grants

*Below is an overview of the priorities of TGKVF’s other competitive grantmaking- special initiative grants. Please be sure to visit the individual webpage of each area (linked below) to explore more in-depth requirements. All grantees must be a 501c3 nonprofit organization or government entity.

Anonymous- Dental

Grant funds may be used for the following activities in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln, Kanawha, and Putnam counties:

  • To provide direct care for low-income, uninsured children who are not eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) with the goal of connecting them to a dental home
  • To provide direct care to low-income, uninsured adults with the goal of connecting them to a dental home
  • To purchase equipment that will increase an organization’s capacity to provide dental services to marginalized communities
Anonymous- Emergency Aid

Grant funds may be used for the following activities in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln, Kanawha, and Putnam counties:

  • To provide direct assistance to low-income residents with emergency utility, rent, food, or prescription needs
  • To provide emergency repairs to buildings or mechanical systems (heating/cooling, water service, etc.) of which the sudden and unexpected failure interferes with the nonprofit organization’s provision of services
  • To replace essential equipment and technology of which the sudden and unexpected failure interferes with the nonprofit organization’s provision of services
  • To provide services or obtain a resource that could not have been anticipated or budgeted for (for example, due to public crisis, including SUD epidemic) and which the nonprofit organization’s work will be severely hampered
  • To provide direct assistance to homeless individuals that need general assistance and/or demonstrate a willingness to move into permanent or transitional housing
  • To provide direct assistance to families and individuals impacted by natural disasters

Emergency aid funding is for unbudgeted, unforeseen, and time-sensitive emergencies that require quick granting action to address a community problem or situation that needs immediate attention. This funding is not to compensate for unmet revenue projections, budget deficits, work that is already completed, deferred building, technology maintenance or upgrades, or debts.

Advancing Entrepreneurship Program
  • AEP will provide funding to nonprofits for projects aimed at building the capacity of entrepreneurs, microenterprises and small businesses in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Lincoln, Kanawha, and Putnam counties.
  • For the purposes of this program, a microenterprise is a commercial participating business with five or fewer employees, at least one of whom is the owner, while a small business has no more than 50 employees. Additionally, an entrepreneur is a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.
  • TGKVF is particularly interested in creating and sustaining jobs for low-wealth individuals.  Therefore, applicants to AEP should outline strategies to stimulate job growth through entrepreneurship, microenterprises and small businesses.
Westside of Charleston 3.0
  • Investment is still needed on the Westside, particularly in TGKVF’s original footprint: (1) Hunt Avenue to Grant Street, (2) 3rd Avenue to Bream Street and (3) the Kanawha Boulevard area situated between Hunt Avenue and Bream Street. However, the entire West Side should be included in Westside Initiative 3.0.
  • Through West Side 3.0, TGKVF will invest $150,000 per year for three years in Community Economic Development (CED). CED can be defined as the actions taken by an organization or a group of organizations representing an urban neighborhood/community in order to:
    • Improve the economic situation of local residents (disposable income and assets) and local businesses (profitability and growth); and
    • Enhance the community’s quality of life as a whole (appearance, safety, networks, gathering places, and sense of positive momentum)
  • Projects eligible for funding will:
    • Increase workforce development and career and technical education that result in job opportunities that pay a livable wage and benefits
    • Support small businesses in TGKVF’s service area and/or ensure a robust and effective small business support ecosystem, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship
    • Build upon the community’s social and economic condition through visible improvements, business districts, recreational and cultural enhancements, and support for gathering spaces
James F.B. Peyton
  • Improve the quality of life, involve, or benefit the residents of Greenbrier County, WV
C.C. Dickinson Family Giving Circle (CCDFGC)
  • Priority in education and/or conservation or women transitioning out of substance abuse treatment (see the CCDFGC page for details in each priority
  • Must serve one or more of the following counties: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Greenbrier, Lincoln, Logan, Putnam, or Raleigh counties).
African American Philanthropy in Action (AAPA)
  • AAPA will provide grants for organizations serving African American children, youth, and families in West Virginia. This is a statewide funding opportunity.
  • Priorities are in education, arts & culture, and community economic development (see the AAPA page for details in each priority)
Kanawha Valley Council on Philanthropy-Charleston West Side Initiative

Projects must demonstrate the ability to impact one or more of the following areas in Charleston’s West Side Community.

  • Community/Economic Development- a project that influences growth and restructuring of an economy to enhance the economic well-being of a community or region.
  • Health- a project that seeks to improve the health of community members through education, services, or other interventions.
  • Quality of Life- a project that provides support to families through parent and/or guardian skills training, education, or other interventions.