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Grant Opportunities

Diverse grant opportunities are available through the Community Foundation.

Our Community Endowment Fund provides grants that enrich our community, strengthen community systems and shape futures for our residents:

‘Enriching Communities’ grants support a wide range of activities that keep our community vibrant and strong. Nonprofit organizations and agencies working throughout our eight county service area are welcome to apply by October 2, 2017. A complete list of the 2016 Enriching Communities grantees is detailed here.

In 2015, the Community Foundation awarded three ‘Strengthening Systems’ grants to support programs that strengthen the formal and non-formal systems that are the fabric of our community, or that help individuals or community groups to access those systems. These programs aim to improve the food distribution system in Louisa County, develop community career pathways to middle skill jobs, and establish a system to help low-wage jobseekers obtain and retain sustainable wage jobs. We look forward to sharing what our partners are learning as the programs get underway. The next opportunity to apply will be February 1, 2017, and the guidelines are available here. Please contact Brennan Gould for more information.

The Community Foundation launched its ‘Shaping Futures’ grant track in 2016. This track supports programs aimed at effectively delivering proven interventions in order to achieve measurable outcomes on community trends for identified groups or population segments in our local area. In partnership with the Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, the Community Foundation focused its work in the field of community health and made a grant to Sisters Keeper Doula Collective to reduce racial disparities in birth outcomes over the next 5 years. We will hold our next Shaping Futures round in 2018.

Heal Charlottesville Fund is currently in the "immediate assistance" phase directly assisting victims who are struggling to pay medical and monthly bills or who are uninsured and reluctant to seek care. The fund is also supporting affordable trauma counselling for those adversely affected by witnessing this summer’s events. This fund is not currently accepting grant applications but stay tuned for opportunities to apply in the future.

The following Funds at the Community Foundation also provide grants:

The Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band supports Charlottesville area nonprofit organizations, with a focus on disadvantaged youth, people living with disabilities, protection of the environment, and the arts and humanities. Charlottesville area nonprofit organizations and activities can apply by February 1st and August 1st annually. Grant applications from beyond the Charlottesville area are accepted by invitation only. A complete list of the 2017 Spring Bama Works Fund grantees is detailed here.

The Louisa County Community Fund provides grants to support organizations working to improve quality of life in Louisa County. Eligible nonprofit organizations can apply by February 1st annually.

The Nelson County Community Fund provides grants to support nonprofit organizations working to improve quality of life in Nelson County. Eligible nonprofit organizations can apply by June 30th and December 31st annually.

The Prana Fund supports projects that integrate environmental education and the visual arts through hands-on educational opportunities for disadvantaged young people living in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. A call for applications is issued annually. Please refer to 2017 Prana Fund RFP or contact Jan Smyth for more information.

The Eco-Living Fund aims to steer people’s daily life habits toward zero-footprint or net-positive impact on the natural world. Grant funding supports specific, concrete activities that can demonstrate quantifiable results. The timeline for funding requests is announced in the Spring of each year. Please refer to the 2017 Eco-Living Fund Grant Package or contact Jan Smyth for more information.

The Blue Ridge Mountain Rotary Club Fund supports projects in Charlottesville and Albemarle. Special consideration is given to projects in the following areas: community-based peace building, education, local economic development and children/maternal health. Please refer to the 2017 Request for Proposals or contact Jan Smyth for more information.

The Ballyshannon Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote citizen understanding of the economic importance of agricultural and forestry enterprises in Central Virginia. Eligible nonprofit organizations can apply by February 15th annually.

This year, the Community Foundation introduces the Youth Design Program, formerly the Youth Service Award. The Youth Design Program, offers of ten area high school youth, the opportunity to work collaboratively with one selected non-profit to design an innovative approach to an identified challenge, and consider how imagined solutions may impact Charlottesville’s diverse communities.  Detailed guidelines for the Youth Design Award can be found here. The deadline to apply is October 13, 2017.