GRANT OPPORTUNITIES


IMPORTANT UPDATE: In lieu of individual fall grant programs, the Community Foundation is partnering with Bama Works, Dorothy Batten, UVA Community Health, and Twice is Nice to offer Community Recovery & Catalyst Grants of up to $50,000. For more information, click here. Watch a recording of our annual Grants Update meeting from July 15, 2020.

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:


Community Recovery & Catalyst Grants

Our goal through this program is to support community organizations in response to COVID-19, especially as they support vulnerable communities and communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. It also seeks to support organizations working to address systemic racism in our region.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization, governmental or religious entity, or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization. Organizations may submit only one application unless the organization is a public school. All eligible organizations are welcome to apply regardless of whether they have previously received funding from the Foundation.

How to Apply: The Community Recovery & Catalyst Grant application window closed on August 14, 2020. If you have questions about your application, please send an email to crcgrants@cacfonline.org. The Grants Portfolio Committee is working on the review process and CACF staff will be reaching out if there are any questions. Decisions on Catchafire subscriptions can be expected by mid-September. Funding decisions can be expected by October 15. Funding Guidelines

Application Open: July 15, 2020

Deadline: August 14, 2020

Award Size: Up to $50,000

Decision: October 15, 2020

Reporting: All grantees will receive one virtural site visit over the course of the grant. They will be required to submit a final report at budget at the end of the grant period.

For questions, please email crcgrants@cacfonline.org.

The Foundation recognizes the need for support to nonprofits beyond grant-making. We have an opportunity to partner with Catchafire, a web-based platform that offers applicants and grantees access to volunteer-based operational support and personalized customer service. You may find more information about Catchafire here.


Enriching Communities

Grants to support a wide range of activities that keep our community vibrant and strong.

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. Organizations may submit one application per grant cycle, unless the organization is a public school or serving as a fiscal agent for another organization. Please refer to the Enriching Communities Policies for more information regarding applications from fiscal agents, public schools, private or independent schools, and grantees who are seeking a consecutive year of funding. A list of the 2019 recipients of Enriching Communities grants can be found here.

How to Apply: CURRENTLY CLOSED. (See the Community Recovery & Catalyst Grant.) 

Application Open: n/a

Deadline: n/a

Award size: Up to $15,000

Decision: n/a

Reporting: n/a

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Diamond Walton, Programs Manager.


Strengthening Systems

Grants to strengthen how services and activities are delivered and accessed in our community.

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. Organizations can submit more than one concept note per cycle.

How to Apply: The 2019 grant round is now closed. The next grant round will be announced at a future date. 

Deadline: TBD

Award size: Up to $300,000 paid over 3 years

Decision: TBD

Reporting: Defined upon time of award

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Aiyana Marcus, Programs Manager.



Shaping Futures

We are pleased to offer this opportunity in partnership with University of Virginia Health Systems, which has made a multi-year commitment to this work. Our goal through this grant track is to support projects that will improve outcomes tied to the priority areas identified in the MAPP2Health 2016-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan.

Eligibility: This grant track is open to 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies except for University of Virginia entities and partisan groups. Previous recipients of the Shaping Futures and Strengthening Systems grants are eligible to apply only if their previous grant has concluded, all the grant funds have been used, and the final report has been submitted and approved. Rare exceptions will be considered for highly promising strategies that are best led by a current Shaping Futures or Strengthening Systems grant recipient.

The Community Foundation will consider opportunities affecting populations living within Planning District Ten including the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. While funding provided will vary according to program requirements, we anticipate awarding one grant of $500,000 over 5 years.

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How to Apply: The 2019 grant round is now closed. The next grant round will be announced at a future date. 

Deadline: TBD

Award size: Up to $500,000 paid over 5 years

Decision: TBD

Reporting: Defined upon time of award

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Aiyana Marcus, Programs Manager.


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. Organizations may submit one application per 12-month cycle. 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 spring 2020 recipients of Bama Works grants can be found here.

How to Apply: CURRENTLY CLOSED. (See the Community Recovery & Catalyst Grant.)

Deadlines: n/a

Award Size: Up to $10,000

Decision: n/a

Reporting: n/a

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: February 1

Decision: Mid-May

Reporting: June 1 of the following year

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 contact Ethan Tate, Donor Relations Manager.


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 contact Ethan Tate, Donor Relations Manager.


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.

Deadline: Please refer to the 2020 grants timeline.

Award Size: Up to $15,000

Decision: December 18, 2020

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.



UVA Community Health

UVA Health, in partnership with the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, is seeking proposals from charitable organizations in Virginia's Planning District 10 (Charlottesville, and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson).

Eligibility: Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, school, or fiscally sponsored organization working to benefit the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. Organizations located outside of the Thomas Jefferson Health Disctrict may apply if they are serving people within those areas. Eligible organizations include registered nonprofits, government agencies, and faith-based organizations. Sports teams/clubs, UVA entities, political or partisan organizations and private businesses are not eligible.

Guidelines: The goal of this grant track is to support projects that will improve outcomes tied to the priority areas identified in the MAPP2Health 2016-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan. Organizations can learn more about the criteria and review process here.

How to Apply: CURRENTLY CLOSED. (See the Community Recovery & Catalyst Grant.) 

Deadline: n/a

Award Size: Up to $30,000.

Decision: n/a

Reporting: n/a

For questions about this funding opportunity, 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: Deadline to submit an optional (but recommended) Letter of Intent is March 27, 2020. Feedback will be provided to those who submit this Letter of Intent by the end of April. The final application due date is June 26, 2020. 

Award Size: Up to $3,000

Decision: Decisions on final awards will be made by September 1, 2020. 

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.


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: Not Appliable (2020)

Deadline: Not Appliable (2020)

Funding Limit: Not Appliable (2020)

Decision: Not Appliable (2020)

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: Not Appliable (2020)

Deadline:  Not Appliable (2020)

Funding Limit: Not Appliable (2020)

Decision: Not Appliable (2020)

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.


Twice is Nice Fund

The Twice is Nice Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation is seeking innovative proposals from Charlottesville area 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 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. Please refer to the Twice is Nice Guidelines for more information 

How to Apply: CURRENTLY CLOSED. (See the Community Recovery & Catalyst Grant.) 

Deadline: n/a

Award Size: There are normally two different grant options: General Support Grant (up to $15,000) and Innovation Grant (up to $25,000). Please refer to the Twice is Nice Guidelines to learn more

Decision: n/a

Reporting: n/a

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