Annual Competitive Grants

We award competitive grants once a year:

The Annual Competitive Grants process is an important way that POCT learns about and supports the work of local nonprofits. This process funds programs that fall within our five focus areas:

  • Physical and Mental Well Being
  • Preservation of Local History & Environment
  • Education
  • Vibrant and Engaged Communities
  • The Arts

How It Works

How it works…

List of dates:

Date: 01/01/2024

The Review

More than 50 reviewers assess the full applications. The reviewers include Foundation staff and members of our regional councils, and Board of Trustees. The process is highly competitive. Only about one in 7 letters of intent receive funding. It is important to note that most proposals we receive meet all the minimum requirements. Our discretionary funding is not enough to fund every good idea. That is why we share the top vetted applications with donors, other funders and the community.

Do your best to communicate what sets your organization apart. And please know that results are not an indication of the worthiness of your project.

Focus Areas For Competitive Grants

Through and with our donors, we fund organizations and projects across the nonprofit spectrum. With our discretionary grants, we target five areas of focus. This helps us better concentrate our impact.

Environmental Resiliency and Sustainability

Supporting a thriving environment that is resilient and sustainable for generations to come.

Eligible programs in this focus area may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conservation
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental resiliency and disaster recovery
  • Improving green spaces
  • Land preservation
  • Protection of natural resources

Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing

Supporting a thriving environment that is resilient and sustainable for generations to come.

Eligible programs in this focus area may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conservation
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental resiliency and disaster recovery
  • Improving green spaces
  • Land preservation
  • Protection of natural resources

Quality Child and Youth Education

Supporting a thriving environment that is resilient and sustainable for generations to come.

Eligible programs in this focus area may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conservation
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental resiliency and disaster recovery
  • Improving green spaces
  • Land preservation
  • Protection of natural resources

Vibrant and Engaged Communities

Supporting a thriving environment that is resilient and sustainable for generations to come. Eligible programs in this focus area may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conservation
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental resiliency and disaster recovery
  • Improving green spaces
  • Land preservation Protection of natural resources