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Community Grants: Did You Know?

The Community Foundation distributes over $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, college scholarships, and our Dawbarn Education Awards each year.  We allocate over a quarter of those resources via our annual Community Grants Program, through which we invite nonprofit organizations to submit applications for grants.  The accompanying pages contain summaries of the 92 grant applications we received for 2017, which collectively exceed $625,000 in requests.

How does the Community Foundation make its grant decisions?

To aid us in the arduous task of reviewing 92 grant application, we recruit 18 community members to serve on our Community Grants Program committee.  They spend over a month reviewing the applications and then come together to discuss their individual merits and recommend grants.

Community Grants Program Timeline

We will make our final decisions for our Community Grants Program in early April and award our grants during a public ceremony on May 2.  We invite you to join us for this occasion, which will begin with a reception at 4:30 pm followed by the grants ceremony at 5:15 pm, all of which takes place in the ballroom of the Best Western PLUS in Waynesboro (109 Apple Tree Lane).  Please RSVP by April 26 to, or 540-213-2150, if you wish to attend.

How can I help?

Should you have personal interest in any of the organizations that have submitted requests for support, we encourage you to:

  1. Contact them to learn more about their organization, offer them your time, or support their work with a personal contribution.
  2. Contribute to our Community Grants Program to help us fulfill a larger percentage of the total requests for support.
  3. Contact us at the Community Foundation to learn more about how you can establish an endowed fund, either now or through your estate, to support important charitable work in our community for many years to come.