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Community Grants Program

The Community Foundation proudly supports nonprofit organizations serving the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and counties of Augusta, Highland, and Nelson. In 2019, through our Community Grants Program, the Foundation issued over $385,000 in grants supporting a wide range of charitable activities, including the arts, health and human services, education, and much more.

Eligible grant recipients include tax-exempt 501(c) (3) charitable organizations, including fiscal sponsors of individuals and organizations, engaged in charitable activities that address the needs of the communities we serve. Application deadline to be determined (most likely March 2021). 

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,
  • Are well-conceived with a realistic schedule of activities and thoughtful use of resources, and
  • May contribute to the applicant’s organizational capacity and sustainability.

We highly encourage you to review our Frequently Asked Questions and Tips where you will find useful information, including the grant application in a Word format, along with other resources.  Please feel free to contact Cristina Casado, Director of Community Engagement at and/or at (540) 213-2150 so that we may provide our advice or answer any questions concerning your future grant application.

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.