New Ohio River Valley Participatory Fund

The Water Network’s fiscal sponsor, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, has a new funding program available, the Ohio River Valley Participatory Fund.

The fund is now accepting grant applications from nonprofit groups serving communities in eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia that have been adversely impacted by the fossil fuel industry. This is a new resource for northern Appalachia. There are two types of grants with various funding tiers and requirements. The General Operating Support grant application is due July 31st, 2024. The Rapid Response grant is open on a rolling basis until funds are depleted. Check out the RFPs to learn more.

Who is eligible to apply?
Small to medium-sized nonprofits doing relevant work in eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia may apply for a grant. Organizations wishing to apply must:
● Be registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, be a fiscally sponsored project of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, or be a federally or state-recognized tribal organization;
● Be supporting communities in eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, and/or West Virginia that are affected by fossil fuel use and development. (Preference will be given to applicants based in Ohio, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia.)
● Have an annual budget that is approximately $1 million or less.
● Have a commitment to racial justice and equity

Visit the Ohio River Valley Participatory Fund web page for details, including downloadable Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for the  General Operating Support and  Rapid Response  grants.
If you have questions about the Ohio River Valley Participatory fund, please contact the fund coordinator at