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 2022 recipients of Bama Works Fund grants can be found here.

Organizations are eligible to apply once every 12 months. There are two grant rounds each year. The first application window is open January 15 through March 15 (with decisions coming in early summer). A second grant application window will be open from July 1 through September 1 (with decisions coming in December). Please reach out to Chaquita Venable 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, 2023 at 11:59PM EST

Award Size: Up to $10,000

Decision: June 2023 and December 2023

Reporting: n/a

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Chaquita Venable, Donor Relations Manager.



Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary

Rotary Ramblin' Rabbit Race Beneficiary

The Blue Ridge Mountains Rotary Club’s Rabbit Run Committee is seeking innovative proposals from Charlottesville and Albemarle County area nonprofit agencies or schools to be the beneficiary of the Rotary Ramblin Rabbit Race to be held in fall of 2023.                                  

Nonprofit organizations eligible for this award will be those working in Charlottesville and Albemarle County whose work centers:

  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Disease Prevention/Treatment
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Maternal Child and Health
  • Basic Education & Literacy
  • Economic & Community Development
  • Support the Environment

Funds may be used to support programmatic activities that are tied to any of the impact areas listed above. This grant program will not support endowment campaigns, annual appeals, or awards to individuals. Grant proposal guidelines can be found here.

How to Apply: Please review grant proposal guidlines and submit your application using this link: Ramblin' Rabbit Run Race Beneficiary Proposal

Deadline: June 2, 2023

Funding Limit: The beneficiary of the race will receive 50% of the profits from the race up to $10,000

Decision: July 31, 2023

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 Chaquita Venable, 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.

How to Apply: Guidelines and Application  

Deadline(s): Applications are due via email (cvenable@cacfonline.org) by 11:59PM on July 3, 2023.

Award Size: Up to $3,000

Decision: Decisions on final awards will be made by August 15, 2023. 

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 Chaquita Venable, 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, 2023 at 11:59PM EST

Award Size: Up to $10,000

Decision: on or before June 30, 2023

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Chaquita Venable, 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. Grant guildelines can be found here.

How to Apply: Online applications will open on September 4, 2023

Deadline:  November 4, 2023 at 11:59PM EST

Award Size: Up to $15,000

Decision:  Funding decisions will be made by December 15, 2023.

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 Chaquita Venable, Donor Relations Manager.



Twice is Nice Fund

The Twice is Nice Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation 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 for this grant program can be found here.

How to Apply: Online applications will open on July 1, 2023.

Deadline: September 1, 2023 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 15, 2023

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

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Chaquita Venable, Donor Relations Manager.