Funding Opportunities Identified by the Kanawha Valley Council on Philanthropy

The Kanawha Valley Council on Philanthropy is a learning network of local funders.  It serves as an opportunity for funders to come together to hear what’s happening in the community, to share information and knowledge, to leverage and maximize resources, and to explore potential strategies for making more effective grants. 


The Buckets Committee of the Council has identified the following funding opportunities.  The following opportunities, national and/or federal, have been vetted as legitimate funding sources.  These posting are provided as a community service and we hope that they prove to connect local nonprofits to new funding opportunities.  We would like to hear from you if you make application to one or more of these funders and if you are approved.  Thank you for working to improve the conditions of our community. 





The Walmart Foundation strives to provide opportunities that improve the lives of individuals in our communities including our customers and associates. Through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteerism, the Walmart Foundation supports initiatives focused on enhancing opportunities in our four main focus areas: Education, Workforce Development / Economic Opportunity, Environmental Sustainability, Health and Wellness


To be considered for funding, they ask that prospective grant recipients submit an application to one of their grant programs according to the application process for each program. Review the details about their main grant programs in order to determine whether or not you are eligible to apply and to view instructions on how to apply: 


Ongoing Opportunities



Proctor & Gamble

focuses its social investments on the global cause, Live, Learn and Thrive. Their cause comes to life through initiatives in communities around the world, reaching children in need. P & G wants to help children live by ensuring a healthy start; provide them with places, tools and programs that enhance their ability to learn; and help them develop skills for life so they can thrive.





charitable foundation is committed to workforce and computer skills development through software grants and cash grants.




focuses on community and education grants. Community grants are in the areas of science, community success, sustainability, and innovation. Education grants must be science and math specific to benefit the majority of the students.



The Macy’s Foundation

specializes in arts and culture, education, the environment, HIV/AIDS research and awareness, and women’s issues.



NIKE, Inc. Community Programs

continues to seek innovative ways to make positive changes through sport and encourage potential partners to participate in the Changemakers "Sport for a Better World" ongoing competitions. Changemakers is a primary mechanism Nike uses to learn more about grassroots innovators using sport as a tool for social change. Nike supports, Bowerman Track programs, Jordan Bran WINGS for the Futures, and Nike School Innovation Fund. All are to inspire and enable youth through sports and education.


GE Foundation

provides grants and invests in initiatives that work to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. In coordination with their partners, they support U.S. and international education, developing health globally, the environment, public policy, human rights, disaster relief and community success around the globe. GE also support employees and retirees giving and involvement in GE communities through employee programs such as the GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program.


The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust

is the private foundation of CVS Caremark Corporation and provides grants which range from $10,000 to $50,000 for one-year support. These grants align with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust's efforts to improve the quality of health and well-being of underserved populations and also align with CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a signature program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS Caremark that is committed to supporting children with disabilities. The Trust also provides scholarship support for students in college, with a particular focus on pharmacy school scholarships.



The CVS Caremark Community Grants

program awards funds to nonprofit organizations for the following programs: Programs targeting children with disabilities; Programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services; Public schools promoting a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular program; Initiatives that give greater access to physical movement and play; and Organizations that provide underserved populations with needed care, in particular programs where the care received is of higher quality and delivered by providers who participate in accountable community health care programs.




Walgreenscontinues to connect to the neighborhoods they serve by giving back. Walgreens Charitable Donations funds access, outreach and education geared toward health; National nonprofit organizations focused on the research and treatment of a single disease; Civic and community outreach; and Faith-based organizations are considered if funding is not solely used for religious purposes.



State Farm Insurance

is intended to advance access, equity, and inclusiveness while discouraging harmful discrimination based on age, political affiliation, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or identity, or religious beliefs. There are 3 types of grants: Safety Grants, Community Development Grants, Education, and Youth Advisory Board Service e-Learning Grants.


Safety Grants

State Farm values the importance of keeping our neighbors safe.


Funding is directed toward: Auto and Roadway Safety, Home Safety and Fire Prevention, Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Recovery, and Personal Financial Safety/Security.


Community Development Grants:

The focus in these areas: Affordable Housing, 1st Time Homeowners, Community Revitalization, and Economic Development


Education: support efforts to provide all children with an education that will allow them to reach their greatest potential and prepare them to participate in a nation and economy that continues as a global leader. Fund three types of grants for K-12 public schools: Teacher Development, Service-Learning and Systemic Improvement.


State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants

Every year, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board funds up to $5 million to youth-led service learning projects to solve issues important to State Farm and communities across the United States and Canada.

Funding areas include: Financial Literacy, Access to Higher Education/Closing the Achievement Gap, Community Safety and Natural Disaster Preparedness, Environmental Responsibility, and Societal Health and Wellness Issues



Walt Disney’s

primary focus is on brightening the lives of children in need around the world through global outreach programs, local community initiatives and the Disney VoluntEARS program.


Staples Foundation

provides charitable donations to non profit organizations engaged in educational and youth focused projects and events. If your organization fits within our focus area, please visit your local Staples® store and speak with the general manager about how they can support your community organization. All requests are evaluated by your local Staples store and decisions are made at the discretion of store management.



The Verizon Foundation dedicated to improving lives and giving back to communities. Specifically, they focus on: Education, Health Care, and Sustainability 



Best Buy Foundation

Best Buy will seek applications serving a diverse population of teens and providing teens with access to opportunity through technology. Additional criteria include: Serve a diverse population in local or regional communities; Build academic, leadership and life skills in early adolescents (primarily ages 13-17); Show positive results against a demonstrated community need; and Reach at-risk children in working families

 works with nonprofit organizations to support programs that provide opportunities for youth. Their goal is to provide positive experiences that will help them to excel in school, engage in their communities, and develop leadership skills.




Programming Emphasis: Educational programs; Culture & the arts; Environmental initiatives; Human & health service organizations; and Civic & community activities.

supports programs and organizations that address social progress, economic success and environmental excellence - all vital components of community sustainability. Social Progress – Increasing access to opportunity; helping children, youth and families; fostering understanding among community members; Economic Success – Revitalizing neighborhoods; helping people achieve self-sufficiency; enhancing the quality of life; and Environmental Excellence – Providing leadership in enhancing and protecting the environment.



Dick’s Sporting Goods Sponsorship and Donation

is committed to youth sports in our communities. Dick Stack, founder of Dick's Sporting Goods,

believed that sports play a vital role in teaching our children fundamental values like a strong work ethic, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. And he understood that supporting the organizations that make youth sports possible is the best way to promote those values.



DICK'S community efforts focus on traditional team sports and outdoor related activities and events.


Family Dollar

is committed to the communities they serve by supporting the non-profit organizations that seek to improve the quality of life of their customers and Team Members. To maximize the impact of their charitable contributions, Family Dollar’s corporate giving program currently is focused exclusively upon programs whose purpose is to provide the basic necessities of life, including food, clothing and shelter, to low-income and low-middle income families, including senior citizens, minorities and at-risk youth, primarily in neighborhoods where the Company operates.


OfficeMax and the OfficeMax Charitable Foundation

are focused on supporting K-12 education and the organizations that fall in that area. The easiest way to obtain support from OfficeMax is through the OfficeMax GoodworksSM Volunteer Program. Through the program, leadership throughout the country has a budget to support a local volunteer opportunity focused on K-12 education.



Waste Management

lends their support and services to causes that promote civic pride, economic development and revitalization. Every community has its own challenges, and they strive always to be part of problem-solving initiatives.


- Waste Management is committed to helping provide renewable resources to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and to conserving and maintaining wetlands, wildlife habitats and green spaces for people's enjoyment. Waste Management supports organizations and programs that preserve and/or enhance natural resources.

Environmental Education

- Waste Management prefers to support environmental education programs targeted at middle and high school students. This includes environmental and science related projects, science fairs, Earth Day projects and others.


Environment - Waste Management is committed to helping provide renewable resources to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and to conserving and maintaining wetlands, wildlife habitats and green spaces for people's enjoyment. Waste Management supports organizations and programs that preserve and/or enhance natural resources.


Causes important to the areas where we operate - Waste Management is committed to enhancing our communities through programs that help make them cleaner and better places to live. Local Waste Management facilities are proactive in identifying charities located in the immediate community that they serve and in many cases may have predetermined which organizations they will be supporting that year.  



AVON Breast Health Outreach Program

The Avon Foundation Breast Health Outreach Program supports community-based organizations to provide outreach and breast health education, and to connect women and men to screening services and follow-up care in partnership with local medical providers.


Funding is awarded on a competitive basis to organizations that can successfully implement breast cancer early detection programs that include breast health education, regular mammography screening, clinical breast examination (CBE), and breast self-examination (BSE) for at-risk, medically underserved women 40 and older.


For more information, potential applicants and those interested in serving as reviewers should refer to the information posted at or send an inquiry to or call 212.244.5368.



State Farm Companies Grants Program
The State Farm Companies Grants Program is committed to meeting the needs of company communities in the U.S. and Canada.  Support is provided to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies working in the areas of safety, community development, and education The Safe Neighbors category focuses on roadway safety, protecting homes, disaster preparedness, and personal financial security.  The Strong Neighborhoods category focuses on affordable housing, homeownership, and sustainable communities.  The K-12 Public Schools category focuses on teacher quality, service learning programs, and educational reform.



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