The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Investing in Communities Initiative - West Side of Charleston


Request for Proposal- Concept Phase



The focus of the “Investing in Our Communities Initiative—West Side of Charleston” will be to strategically concentrate funds and other assets in the area around Mary C. Snow Elementary School.  The specific area of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s concentration will be from Hunt Avenue to Grant Street then to 3rd Avenue to Bream Street and the Kanawha Blvd. area that is situated between Hunt and Bream (click here to view the map). By allocating resources to a specific area within a community with deliberate and intensive efforts, the Foundation believes that systemic changes can be achieved at a deeper and more sustainable level. The Foundation will be working in collaboration with other funders and community members to produce fundamental changes in services, systems and community problem solving to improve the overall quality of life for the people that live, work, and play in that area. This type of community investment does so with respect for the local history and culture, a commitment to identifying and mobilizing local assets, and an interest in building local capacity.


The Foundation is looking for programs that address the root causes and not merely the symptoms of systemic community problems. Successful implementation should lead to changes in societal conditions as well as individual lives.  Only projects that are transformational in nature and address at least one of the Seven Forms of Community Wealth will be considered for funding. The Seven Forms of Community wealth are broadly defined as the stock of tangible and intangible assets that contribute to our community’s overall well-being. These types of wealth include financial assets; functional built infrastructure; educated, skilled, and healthy individuals; healthy land and natural resources; creativity and new ideas; the organization and power to influence the decision‐making that affects our daily lives; and the social connections between individuals (click here for further explanation of the Seven Forms of Community Wealth).


Targeted Issues


This call for proposals first seeks a Concept Proposal from qualified non-profit organizations 501(c)3 and government entities that outlines the proposed services and expected outcomes of the project and addresses service gaps, challenges and/or barriers in one or more of the following:




  • Improve access to preventative, mental and dental healthcare;
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles by expanding the amount of public green space and bikeable/walkable sources within the community; and
  • Promote and develop the capacity of communities, organizations and social entrepreneurs who focus on healthy recreational opportunities and locally grown, healthy foods



  • Invest in early childhood & youth programs that prepare children, especially those from marginalized communities, for a lifetime of leadership;  
  • Promote equality, diversity, and inclusiveness throughout our community; and   
  • Promote civic engagement, community service, public dialogue and voting 



  • Improve access to safe affordable housing (rental or ownership); information and guidance on housing-related issues (budgeting, insurance, etc.) and
  • Rehabilitation of owner occupied homes

To learn about the criteria/eligibility and how to apply to the “Investing In Our Communities Initiative- the West Side of Charleston” please download the Information and Guidelines document by clicking here.


After carefully reading the Information and Guidelines document above, please click here to download the “Investing in Our Communities Initiative- West Side of Charleston” Concept Phase Proposal form.  All concept phase proposals must be completed using the downloadable format—no exceptions!


For more information, please contact Sheri Ryder ( or Stephanie Hyre ( or call 304-346-3620.


The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation - 1600 Huntington Square, 900 Lee St. E., Charleston, WV 25301 - [P] 304-346-3620 - [F] 304-346-3640 -

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