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Community Grants Program

We will begin accepting applications for our Community Grants Program in November 2021. The Community Foundation is committed to supporting the nonprofit community by providing unrestricted grant funds to allow them more flexibility to respond to increasing needs, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.  They support nonprofit organizations serving the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and counties of Augusta, Highland, and Nelson. In 2021, through our Community Grants Program, the Foundation issued over $422,000 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. 

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 Menieka Garber, Chief Operating Officer, at and/or at (540) 213-2150 so that we may provide our advice or answer any questions concerning your future grant application.

For your convenience and as an option, here is the Community Grant Application 2021 in a Word document.  Please note that once you complete the application in Word, you need to copy and paste into SmarterSelect.  The application has to be entered through SmarterSelect in order to be considered as submitted. The Word document is only offered for those that prefer to use it, otherwise please proceed directly to the online application using the Apply Now button above.

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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