GRANT OPPORTUNITIES


We offer a wide range of funding opportunities through our discretionary grant programs and donor-directed funds. We encourage organizations to learn more about the specific guidelines for each grantmaking program before applying.

Please click on the programs below to learn more details:


Ballyshannon Fund

Grants to promote citizen understanding of the economic importance of agricultural and forestry enterprises in Central Virginia.

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please visit their website

Deadline: February 15

For questions about this funding opportunity, please email fundinfo@ballyshannon.com .


Bama Works Fund

Grants made by Dave Matthews Band to support community initiatives.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization, governmental or religious entity, or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation will consider applications from organizations working to benefit the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange. Public schools may submit one application each cycle. Please refer to the Bama Works Fund Policies for more information regarding applications from public and private schools. A list of the December 2021 recipients of Bama Works grants can be found here.

Organizations are eligible to apply once every 12 months. A second grant application window will be open from July 1 through September 1, 2022 (with decisions comine in Early December). Please reach out to Ethan Tate if you have questions about your organization's eligibility.

How to Apply: Through Grants Portal. Review this step-by-step tutorial on how to navigate the portal and click here to preview the online application questions.

Deadline: March 15, 2022 at 11:59PM EST

Award Size: Up to $10,000

Decision: June 2022

Reporting: n/a

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Ethan Tate, Donor Relations Manager.



Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary

Rotary Ramblin Rabbit Race Beneficiary

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

Guidelines: Nonprofit organizations eligible for this award will be those working in Charlottesville and Albemarle, with an impact on the well-being of children and/or women including support of economic self-sufficiency.  The grant may cover up to 20% administrative fees associated with managing such programs. This should be clearly itemized in the project budget submitted.

How to Apply: 2022 Guidelines

Deadline: Extended to February 14, 2022!

Funding Limit: $10,000

Decision: March 2022

Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Fund Grant 

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

Guidelines: Nonprofit organizations eligible for this award will be those working in Charlottesville and Albemarle. Special consideration will be given to projects that are making an impact for women and children.

How to Apply: TBD (2022)

Deadline:  TBD (2022)

Funding Limit: TBD (2022)

Decision: TBD (2022)

Reporting: Grant recipients are expected to use the funds for the purpose approved in the grant award and funds are to be expended within one year from the date of the grant. A representative of the recipient organization is expected to make a presentation to the Blue Ridge Mountain Rotary Club once funds have been expended, but no later than one year from the date of the grant to share the impact of the funded program.

For questions about either of these funding opportunities, please contact Ethan Tate, Donor Relations Manager.


Eco-Living Fund

Grants aimed at steering people’s daily life habits toward zero-footprint or net-positive impact on the natural world.

Eligibility: Applicants must be tax-exempt 501(c) (3) organizations or government agencies. Grants are limited to projects in the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation service area, which includes Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange.

Guidelines: Among the pool of applicants, those receiving funding will have the greatest bang-for-the-buck: the greatest number of people permanently changing their daily life habits, and/or the greatest number of buildings getting their consumption of resources reduced, per grant dollar. Preference will be given to those projects that have quantifiable results, that is, results that can be numerically verified and measured.

How to Apply: Guidelines and Application  

Deadline: Optional Letters of Intent are due by March 1, 2022 at 11:59PM EST for fundholder feedback.

                 Applications are due via email (etate@cacfonline.org) by June 22, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST

Award Size: Up to $3,000

Decision: Decisions on final awards will be made by August 15, 2022. 

Reporting: All grant recipients will be asked to document their efforts, including a 1-page summary sheet to serve as models for other communities and organizations to consider following. A report on the project’s spending, accomplishments and impact will be required upon completion.

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Ethan Tate, Donor Relations Manager.


Louisa County Community Fund

Grants to improve quality of life in Louisa County.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization, governmental or religious entity, or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization. The Fund will consider applications from organizations working to benefit Louisa County. Organizations may submit one application per grant cycle.

How to Apply: Through Grants Portal

Deadline: March 15, 2022 at 11:59PM EST

Award Size: Up to $10,000

Decision: late June 2022

Reporting: June 1 of the following year. 2021 recipients applying again in 2022 should submit their progress report to Ethan in conjunction with their 2022 application.

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Ethan Tate, Donor Relations Manager.


Nelson County Community Fund

Grants to improve quality of life in Nelson County. To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please visit their website

Deadline: June 30 and December 31

For questions about this funding opportunity, please email NCCFund@gmail.com .


Prana Fund

Grants to support projects that integrate environmental education and the visual arts through hands-on educational opportunities for children living in Charlottesville and/or Albemarle County.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, school, or fiscally sponsored organization serving the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. Nonprofit organizations eligible for this award will be those working in Charlottesville and Albemarle. They will primarily engage children who have traditionally experienced limited access to the arts and outdoors and integrate the visual or performing arts and the environment.

How to Apply: Please refer to the grant guidelines for more information.

Application Open:  September 6, 2022

Deadline:  November 1, 2022 at 11:59PM EST

Award Size: Up to $15,000

Decision:  Applicants will be notified of their award status and checks will be disbursed December 14-17.

Reporting: Grant recipients are expected to participate in a midterm report via phone or site visit, and submit a final written report upon grant completion.

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Ethan Tate, Donor Relations Manager.



Twice is Nice Fund

The Twice is Nice Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation returns in 2022 and will be seeking innovative proposals from local nonprofit agencies who provide services to seniors in need.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, school, or fiscally-sponsored organization working to benefit the the community in the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. Organizations may submit one application per grant cycle, unless the organization is serving as a fiscal agent for another organization.

Guidelines: Click here to access the 2022 Guidelines 

How to ApplyClick here to access the online application form.

          Online applications will open on July 1, 2022. A preview of the application questions is available here:

          2022 Application Preview

Deadline: September 1, 2022 at 11:59PM EST

Award Size: Requests that align with TIN’s stated emphasis (see guidelines) and do not exceed $15,000 are encouraged. There is no minimum request and partial funding is a possibility.

Decision: Anticipated by November 15th

Reporting: All grant partners will be asked to complete a written (online) report at the conclusion of the grant cycle (Autumn 2023) or the completion of the funded project, whichever comes first. 

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Ethan Tate, Donor Relations Manager.