Grants & Scholarships

Christine Humphreys Impact Grant

About the Grant

Christine and Robert Humphreys were long-time West Chester residents and valued members of the community.  After the passing of her husband, Christine knew she wanted to make a greater impact in her community. She wanted her fund to support “parks, pets, and quality of life.” In 2017, Christine lost her battle with cancer.  We are honored to have been able to help Christine fulfill her charitable giving goals, and are grateful to be able to carry out her legacy in support of the causes that were closest to her heart. The Christine Humphreys Impact Grant will be awarded annually by the Foundation's board of directors to support projects and programs in West Chester and Liberty Township that align with the funding priorities listed below.

Interested organizations should review the information below and contact Karen Gibbs at 513.682.8061 no later thanFriday, December 2nd to schedule a pre-application phone interview. The grant recipient will be announced in late spring 2018. 

Funding Priorities

This grant does not support schools, youth organizations, or programs serving residents 18 years of age or younger.

Parks

  • Restore or improve existing parks and green spaces.
  • Create new parks or green spaces.
  • Engage citizens with the outdoors by supporting good stewardship and appreciation.

Pets

  •  Support no-kill animal shelters and foster programs.
  • Promote pet health through spay/neuter campaigns, medical equipment and supply purchases, emergency    medical services, and education programs.
  • Create community dog parks.

Quality of Life

  • Increase citizen access to amenities such as libraries, arts organizations, entertainment, etc.
  • Encourage community health & wellness.
  • Support economic development and sustainability.

Eligibility

  • Funding requests will only be considered if the Foundation receives the organization’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determination letter verifying that the organization is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code.
  • The mission, programs and services of the organization requesting funds must be consistent with the mission and purpose funding priorities, and the CFWCL.
  • An organization that has an active grant with the Foundation is not usually eligible to receive funding through a new grant until the conclusion of the current grant.
  • Consideration is given to programs with demonstrated evidence of collaboration in West Chester and Liberty Township, as well as programs with multiple funding sources, non-duplication of services and financial sustainability.
  • Impact grant requests must contain specific measurable outcomes. Measurable outcomes are defined as significant growth or change, or value added.
  • Funding requests for new programs or program expansions that require adding staff, expanding hours of current staff, or that result in increasing program expenses by $5,000 or more must demonstrate sustainability through a business plan to be considered.

Limitations

  • Ongoing operations, overhead, operational deficits or debt reduction
  • Endowments or scholarships
  • Projects where the Community Foundation would be the principal source of support
  • Schools, parishes, churches, religious organizations or youth development organizations
  • Annual appeals, membership drives, or fundraising campaigns
  • Sponsorship for events
  • Partisan political advocacy or for lobbying purposes
  • Programs or projects that result in duplication of services
  • Organizations or projects that use grant funds to make grants to other organizations
  • Raffles, bingo or gambling-related activities