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We offer a number of grant opportunities to nonprofit organizations serving the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta, Highland and Nelson.

Community Grants Program

Applications for the 2023 Community Grants Program are no longer being accepted. Grant award notifications will be made in early May. For general information about the community grants program, please click the link below.

We are honored to have awarded $471,000 to 119 nonprofit organizations through our 2022 Community Grants Program. We remain extremely grateful to the generous community members who make our work possible.

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, and 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.

The application deadline was February 1, 2023.

If you have any questions concerning our Community Grants Program, please contact Lora Hamp at or (540) 213-2150. Additionally, Lora welcomes the opportunity to visit nonprofit organizations. Please feel free 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), you do not need to 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.

Zoom with Lora on Fridays in January!


We will hold weekly open Zoom sessions from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM each Friday in January. Please feel free to join us any time during these sessions to get answers to your questions about our Community Grants Program and your application.

OR just use the information below to join the meetings on Fridays in January:

Meeting ID: 822 7702 7061
Passcode: 757808

Waynesboro Kiwanis Club Community Giving Program

Grant applications are now being accepted for the Waynesboro Kiwanis Club Community Giving Program.

Application Deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2023 (11: 59 p.m.)

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is proud to be the philanthropic partner with the Waynesboro Kiwanis Club.   The Community Foundation administers The Waynesboro Kiwanis Fund, which is the vehicle through which the Waynesboro Kiwanis Club grants support to various local nonprofit organizations.

Eligibility Requirements for the Waynesboro Kiwanis Club Community Giving Program:

Eligible grant recipients must:

  • be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, including fiscal sponsors of individuals and organizations; and
  • primarily serve the needs of youth in the City of Waynesboro and Eastern Augusta County, Virginia.

We encourage you to contact us in advance of the deadlines so that we might provide our advice concerning your intended application. 

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