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Community Grants Program

Staunton Augusta Waynesboro Habitat for Humanity

We are honored to have awarded $471,000 to 119 nonprofit organizations through our 2022 Community Grants Program on June 15th. We remain extremely grateful to the generous community members who make our work possible. 

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, 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.

For those interested in applying for a community grant next year, you may want to consider the 2022 Community Grants timeline below:

  • January – Opening of our Community Grants Program 
  • February– Application deadline
  • March & April – Evaluation of grant applications
  • May – Grant award notification letters mailed
  • June – Community Grants Award Ceremony 

Please feel free to contact Lora Hamp at or (540) 213-2150 with questions concerning our Community Grants program. Additionally, Lora looks forward to visiting with the nonprofit organizations in our community and welcomes you 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), we have created a separate budget for responding to such requests. DO NOT 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.

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