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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive a grant?

Eligible grant recipients include tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, including fiscal sponsors of individuals and organizations, engaged in charitable activities that serve the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta, Nelson, and Highland.

What are the funding priorities of the Community Foundation?

While the Foundation does not have specific funding priorities for its Community Grants program, we do favor organizations and programs that:

  1. Address identified community issues or opportunities,
  2. Are well-conceived with a realistic schedule of activities and thoughtful use of resources, and
  3. May contribute to the applicant’s organizational capacity and sustainability.

The Foundation looks favorably upon:

  1. Organizations that have developed, or are actively developing, a broad base of financial support that contributes to their long-term sustainability.
  2. Organizations that are working in cooperation or collaboration with other organizations.
  3. Organizations that provide a clear method of evaluating the results and impact of their efforts.
  4. Organizations that demonstrate the stability and leadership needed to ensure the effective accomplishment of their mission and use of their resources.

What does the Foundation typically not support through its Community Grants program?

Deficit reduction, endowments, benefits for individuals (including travel, fellowships), and fraternal or strictly religious programs (community-based, non-denominational programs which meet the Foundation’s selection criteria are eligible for support).

What are typical grant amounts?

Historically, the Foundation has awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 through its Community Grants program. A list of our 2016 Community Grants Program recipients may be found on the Foundation’s website.

Does the Foundation require reports on grants?

Yes. The Foundation requires both an interim and a final report. The proper forms for these reports will be provided by the Foundation. Organizations must submit and receive Foundation approval of these reports before any additional Foundation grant applications will be considered.

If I receive a grant, can I spend the money on different projects?

Any funds not expended for the specific purpose of the grant, cannot be diverted to other uses without the express written approval of the Foundation. Without such permission, grant recipients must return the unused portion of their grant to the Community Foundation

Who makes the grant decisions?

A committee of community members, appointed by the Foundation, will carefully review each grant application, deliberate the merits of applications, and recommend grant decisions. The Foundation’s board of directors holds the ultimate authority to ratify grant awards. If a committee member has a conflict of interest related to a specific grant application, he or she refrains from reviewing that application and recommending a grant decision. The Foundation maintains the anonymity of committee members throughout the review process.

Can I contact the Foundation if I have any questions or need help?

Yes — please do! This is your community foundation. Any and all questions are encouraged, at any point in the process.