Robert (Bob) T. Ott

Seed Grant


Robert Ott Seed Money Grants are intended to provide start-up funding for new programs or initiatives or for the expansion of existing programs. Funded projects must provide direct services to Centre County human services clients or provide a service that will benefit the community at large. Seed Money Grants are distributed annually.


The deadline for submitting applications is midnight, September 30, 2020. You will receive a confirmation email of receipt of receipt of application. Grants are awarded at the November Annual Meeting. The Grant period will run January 1 through December 31.

Available Funds

The Seed Grant Committee will distribute $5,000 for one to multiple awardees.   The Seed Grant Committee will review the applications and present their recommendation to the CCCHS Board of Directors at October Board Meeting.  The successful recipient(s) will be contacted by a committee member and the award(s) will be announced at the November Membership Meeting.

Eligible Applicants

All applicants must be individual or organizational members of the Council for Human Services or be sponsored by a Council member.  Sponsorship may be obtained by attaching a letter from a Council member, which states the member’s recognition of the applicant’s desire to receive Council seed money.  This statement should reflect the member’s knowledge of the applicant’s service programs in order to assist the selection committee in the selection process.  Applicant(s) main office may be located outside Centre County however, grant request MUST serve Centre county community.

Requests may come from individual agencies, groups, or as a joint proposal from several agencies/groups—at least one of which must be a Council member.  All applicants must be a non-profit organization.  Applicants who are not selected may re-apply next year.

Reporting Requirements

Recipients are required to submit a brief, written 6-month report by May 31, 2021, and a final written report by December 31, 2021. Brief updates by grant recipients regarding the status of their program receiving grant monies are required at the June 2021 Membership meeting and at the November 2021 Annual Meeting.  Monies must be expended within one year of receipt unless an extension has been granted.  Should the recipient need an extension, contact the Seed Grant Committee Chairperson and a recommendation will be made to the Board. Unused funds must be returned to the Centre County Council for Human Services no later than January 31, 2022.

How to Apply

Submit the following:

(Please answer each question completely.)

  • Cover Sheet

  • Narrative

  • Description of the program, activity, or initiative to be funded.

  • Description of community need and how this need will be met by the program.

  • Estimation of the number of people to be served and proposed impact on the people served.

  • A projected time frame for start-up and completion of this program.

  • A projected budget for the proposed project (include an explanation regarding why funds are not presently available).

  • If the money you are requesting is only a portion of the funds needed for this project, describe how the remaining funds will be obtained.

  • Annual organization budget information. You do not need to include an audit.

  • Certification of not-for-profit status or tax-exempt number.

  • Sponsor letter of support, if applicable (see Eligible Applicants).

E-mail applications in PDF format to or mail applications to:

Natalie Depto-Vesey

Home Nursing Agency

20 Sheraton Drive

Altoona, PA 16602

Grant Application Timeline 

June 28, 2020                  Application Open

September 30, 2020       Application due to Seed Grant Committee Chair by 5 p.m.

October 1-18, 2020        Application review by Seed Grant Committee

October 22, 2020            Applications(s) presented to CCCHS Board for approval

November 4, 2020          Seed Grant Awardees announced at the CCCHS Annual Meeting

January 1, 2021               Beginning of Grant period

May 31, 2021                   Mid-Year written report due by grantee(s)

June 2, 2021                     Update by Grantee(s) at CCCHS monthly membership meeting

November, 2021             Update by Grantee(s) at CCCHS Annual Meeting

December 31, 2021        End of Grant period.  Final written report due to Seed Grant Committee Chair

January 31, 2022             Any un-spent grant monies due back to CCCHS


If there are any questions, call Natalie at (814) 947-7027 or e-mail


Past Awardees

2019 - Centre County RSVP VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program - $2,500

2019 - Centre Volunteers in Medicine - $2,500

2018 -Centre Chapter of the PA Prison Society -$3,000

2017-Nurse-Family Partnership Program of Centre County-$2,274.03

         -Jana Marie Foundation-$1,725.97

2016-Housing Transitions-$2,200

2015-Tides Program-$1,000

2014-State College Area Food Bank-$1,000 and Global Connections-$5,380 

2013 - Center Volunteers in Medicine-$3,616.4 and Moshannon Valley YMCA-$1,383.57

2012-Youth Service Bureau-$6,000