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Prana Fund

The Prana Fund in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation seeks innovative proposals from Charlottesville area nonprofit agencies or schools.  Agencies working in Charlottesville and Albemarle that serve middle and lower-income children and whose work with children integrates the visual arts with nature, environment, animals or wildlife are eligible.   Established in 2005, the Prana Fund is a donor-advised fund in CACF that seeks to support projects that enhance educational and artistic opportunities for young people. The Prana Fund makes grant sof up to $15,000, and welcomes proposals for smaller grants.

The agency must be a 501(c) (3) public charity or government agency (such as a school) working in Charlottesville and/or Albemarle County.
The Prana Fund will not support endowment campaigns, annual appeals, or awards to individuals.

Please use the links to the Documents on the right side to access the Prana Fund Guidelines for full application information and examples of funded projects.
In 2014, this award will be eligible to nonprofit organizations working in Charlottesville and Albemarle who serve middle and lower-income children and whose work with children focuses on programs that integrate the visual arts with nature, environment, animals or wildlife. 

Many children have not had the opportunity to be outside in the natural environment and experience its beauty and peacefulness. Through this exposure, children can learn to value the environment and be good stewards. The visual arts provide an outlet for expression and learning. The combination of both can promote an important sense of self-worth and connection to the world. For these reasons, the Prana Fund seeks to provide this type of opportunity for children in the area. 

Special consideration will be given to projects that incorporate hands-on learning and a multi-disciplinary approach in a way that builds memory through alternative learning methods.  Established programs or new programs that have completed the pilot phase will be given priority over new program ideas.
Please contact Jon Nafziger, Director of Donor and Partner Relations, at or
(434) 296-1024 with any questions or for more information.
Photo courtesy of The Henley Nest, the 2011 Prana Award recipient.