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A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

Headquarters:

137 North High Street

West Chester, PA 19380

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The West Chester Downtown Foundation (WCDF) is a matchmaker for local nonprofits serving the West Chester borough, and donors who wish to see their community and downtown preserved, enriched, and supported. Through the generosity of these benefactors, and the hard work of each grant recipient, we can ensure the advancement of humanitarian, educational, artistic, and historic initiatives in our town.

Grants for Good

Community Grants
The West Chester Downtown Foundation provides financial support for worthy, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations in the Greater West Chester Community.

 

Our Grants Committee evaluates applications for:

  • their ability to meet human needs in our community;

  • the quality of the program to deliver the services; and

  • the match to our organization's mission statement: to promote community interest in the vitality, culture, and livability of downtown West Chester through education, historic preservation, and collaboration.


Applicants must complete and submit an Application for Funding together with supporting documentation. Supporting documents include proof of 501(c)(3) status and latest audited financial report or IRS Form 990.

 

 

 


Use the link below to obtain this year's application:

CHANGING LIVES

Twins Michelle and Kevin, age 11, were non-verbal when they entered Domestic Violence Center’s (DVCCC) safe house. Mom attributed their disconnection to the relationship violence in their home. The twins had been in therapy, but so far there was no change. After the third session of music therapy, a partnership with Tempo! Music Therapy and the Domestic Violence Center, the twins began to march, sing and play the various instruments and their verbal language improved drastically. This was made possible because the West Chester Downtown Foundation provided the resources for DVCCC to hire Tempo! And to purchase instruments. Research has shown that one method to address the effect of domestic violence on children is through music. DVCCC can attest that music instilled a sense of achievement and confidence in Michelle and Kevin; they became engaged again and began to bond with their mom and others. Thank you West Chester Downtown Foundation for supporting this initiative.

Dolly Wideman-Scott, Ed.D.

CEO, Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

 

Download the 

Application

for a 2019 Community Grant

Applicants may submit an application as early as May 1, 2019 and all applications are due July 31st, 2019. Please submit  applications to the email address specified within the document.

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Past  Recipients

2019

  • Maternal and Child Health Consortium 

  • Melton Center

  • YMCA Believe and Achieve Program

  • West Chester Area Senior Center

  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

  • Read2Dream Foundation

  • The Salvation Army of West Chester

  • West Chester Food Cupboard

  • West Chester Public Library

  • Act in Faith 

  • Bournelyf Special Camp

  • Community Warehouse Project of Chester County

  • Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children

2018

  • Act in Faith

  • Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children

  • Volunteer English Program in Chester County

  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

  • Maternal and Child Health Consortium

  • The Salvation Army of West Chester

  • West Chester Food Cupboard

  • YMCA Believe and Achieve Program

  • Bournelyf Special Camp

  • West Chester Area Senior Center

 

2017

  • Act in Faith

  • Chester County Historical Society

  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

  • Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children

  • Interfaith Housing

  • Melton Center

  • Oscar Lasko YMCA

  • Volunteer English Program in Chester County

  • West Chester Area Senior Center

  • West Chester Food Cupboard

2016

  • Arc of Chester County

  • Domestic Violence Center of Chester County

  • Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children

  • The Hickman

  • Knights in Service (West Chester Educational Foundation)

  • Melton Center

  • Oscar Lasko YMCA Believe and Achieve Program

  • West Chester Area Senior Center

  • West Chester Food Cupboard

  • West Chester Public Library

 

2015

  • Act in Faith

  • Chester County Historical Society

  • Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children

  • Oscar Lasko YMCA Believe and Achieve Program

  • West Chester Area Senior Center

  • West Chester Public Library

Grant News

The West Chester Downtown Foundation is proud to announce the opening of their 2019 Application for Grants. WCDF intends to provide grants totaling up to $18,000 this year to organizations that serve downtown West Chester and its residents. The Grants Committee evaluates applications for:

  • their ability...

The West Chester downtown foundation is proud to announce the opening of their 2018 Application for Grants. WCDF intends to provide grants totaling up to $15,000 this year to organizations that serve downtown West Chester and its residents. The Grants Committee evaluates applications for:

  • their ability...

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