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Community Grants Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Community Grants Program. Please read the following program overview for more information regarding the application process. 

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.

2023 Community Grants timeline:

  • December 1, 2022 – Opening of our Community Grants Program 
  • February 1, 2023– 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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