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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to receive a grant?

Organizations currently operating with 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status, either located within or operating programs within the Foundation’s service area (i.e., Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and Augusta, Nelson, and Highland Counties).

What are the standards of the applications typically sought by the Foundation?

Historically, the Foundation has favored programs and projects which can be completed within the year of the grant award, which meet the following criteria: programs which address an identified community need; are well-planned with an effective schedule of activities and use of resources; include an itemized, cost-effective budget, where a moderate amount of grant funds can effect a significant result; show a base of other support and coordination and cooperation among other organizations, thus eliminating duplication of effort; provide a clear method of evaluating the results and impact of the program or project upon completion; and demonstrate the organizational stability and leadership needed to ensure the successful supervision and implementation of the project.

Does the Foundation fund only particular charitable areas?

No. The Foundation may approve grants to any charitable area (arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, historic preservation, etc.) which is being served by a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

What does the Foundation typically not support?

General annual fund appeals, deficit reduction, capital campaigns or endowments, fund-raising or celebration events, start-up funds, benefits for individuals (including travel, fellowships), and fraternal or strictly religious programs (community-based, ecumenical programs which meet the Foundation’s selection criteria are eligible for support).

What are typical grant amounts?

Historically, community grants have ranged from $1,000 to $10,000. Examples of competitive grants awarded may be found in the Foundation’s Annual Report, or on the Foundation’s website at

Is the Foundation changing how it thinks about grant making?

Yes! Grantmakers are seeking opportunities to invest in collaborative efforts, multiyear efforts, and perhaps even grant larger sums than they have historically.

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 Community 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?

No. Any funds not expended for the specific purpose of the grant as detailed on the itemized budget worksheet, and by the deadlines determined by the grant contract, must be returned to the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge and cannot be diverted to other uses without the express written approval of the Foundation.

Who makes the grant decisions?

A review committee appointed by the Foundation will review all grant proposals, make site visits if necessary, and then make recommendations for funding.

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.

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