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Community Grants Program

Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge. The deadline for this application is February 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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.

In 2021, the Foundation issued 121 grants totaling $423,000 through our Community Grants program.  Grant awards ranged from $1,000-10,000.  The average grant amount was $3,500.

Application Preparation: We encourage you to review our Community Grants Tips & Application Worksheet (PDF) or Word document. That document includes a version of our  application in which you are welcome to prepare your information before completing the online application.  We have also assembled links to several sources of Local, Regional and National Data for your use.

  • Beginning January 14, we will resume our weekly Community Grants Program virtual “office hours.”  Log in anytime between 10:30-1:00 on Fridays through February 11 to ask your questions about your grant application, our online application platform SmarterSelect, or simply to say Hello!  Click the “Join Meeting” button or use this link: 

Please feel free to contact us at or (540) 213-2150 with your questions concerning our Community Grants program. We are here to help!

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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