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Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Grants

Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis



Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation Grants awards funding to organizations working in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.

Areas of interest include:

  • Health and Human Services: Supports innovations in healthcare delivery systems, a strengthening of the public health infrastructure, and community-based health promotion, especially with regard to chronic disease prevention and management. Specific areas of interest within this category include:
    • Support for a healthier quality of life for West Virginians through access to affordable healthcare, preventive health services, state-level policy development, and quality care systems across the lifespan
    • Ensuring a system of accessible and affordable healthcare for children, early intervention services that lead to school-success, and the promotion of child-focused public policy
    • Delivery of oral health education for the public and the implementation of preventive strategies in the state oral health plan
    Past grants within this category have included grants to Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers.
  • Education: Supports any significant opportunity to improve the education system including:
    • Career education, job training, and workforce pipeline programs that align secondary and post-secondary programs to high-demand, high-wage occupations.
    • Arts education, the integration of arts into other disciplines, and the partnership of community arts groups and higher education with the PreK-12 education system
    • Programs that improve teacher quality through professional development and innovative instructional strategies
  • Economic Development: Supports regional planning and cooperation including efforts to advance agriculture, outdoor recreation, artisanship, and cultural tourism. Specific areas of Foundation interest include:
    • Promotion of entrepreneurship
    • Projects that promote technology-based economic development
    • Programs to promote the growth and accessibility of new capital for businesses in distressed communities and areas of high unemployment
  • Community Development: Supports projects that work to improve capabilities of leaders, organizations, citizens to address challenges and opportunities to community prosperity. Specific areas of interest include:
    • Activities that engage diverse groups of citizens in the life of the community
    • Efforts that help communities organize, plan, and implement ambitious but achievable improvement strategies
    • Leadership development
    • Programs that improve the effectiveness and accountability of nonprofit and public organizations
    • Efforts to expand technology access, affordability, and utilization
    • Activities that provide decent, safe, and affordable housing through home construction, repair, financing, and education programs

Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and governmental units located in West Virginia or one of four counties in southwestern Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Washington, Greene, and Fayette).

Geographic coverage
West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania
Amount of funding

Awards vary based on the size and scope of the project.

Application process

A link to the online application process is available on the program website.

Tagged as
Access · Children and youth · Community and economic development · Community engagement and volunteerism · Healthcare needs and services · Housing and homelessness · Human services · Leadership · Oral health · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Policy · Self-sufficiency · Technology for health and human services · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention · Pennsylvania · West Virginia

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.