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2024 Community Grants Program

Our 2024 Community Grants Program is OPEN!!

Deadline is February 1, 2024


We will hold weekly open Zoom sessions from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM each Friday in January. Please feel free to join us any time during these sessions to get answers to your questions about our Community Grants Program and your application. Click on the link below to join the meetings on Fridays in January:

ZOOM WITH LORA on Fridays in January 11am-1pm

Meeting ID: 892 7794 7389

Passcode: 376985


Overview of Community Grants Program:

Eligible grant recipients include tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, as well as organizations operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, that serve the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta, Highland and Nelson. We do not issue grants to individuals, fraternal organizations, or sectarian organizations.

While the Community Foundation does not have specific funding priorities for its Community Grants program, we do favor organizations and programs that:

  • Address identified community needs and/or opportunities, and
  • Are well-conceived with a realistic schedule of activities and thoughtful use of resources.

The Foundation does not provide grants for deficit reduction or endowments.

If you have any questions concerning our Community Grants Program, please contact Lora Hamp at or (540) 213-2150. Additionally, Lora welcomes the opportunity to visit nonprofit organizations. Please feel free to contact her to schedule a time to meet. 

Sponsorship Requests: If you are seeking support for a short-term event (duration of up to one week), you do not need to complete the Community Grant application. Simply submit your request in writing, at any time, to Dan Layman, President/CEO at or P.O. Box 815, Staunton, VA 24402-0815. At this time, the Foundation’s practice is to avoid providing sponsorship support for the same organization in two consecutive years.

We remain extremely grateful to the generous community members who make our work possible.