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News Archive - Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

Community Foundation Opens Nominations

Nominations for the Dawbarn Education Awards are now open!  Since 1992, the Community Foundation has presented its Dawbarn Education Awards to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving education in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County public schools.  Over the course of 25 years, 247 recipients have been awarded over $1.7 million. […]

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$10,000 Awarded to Educators in Nelson County Public Schools

Through a fund created by Gordon and Mary Beth Smyth, and managed by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, the Nelson County Public Schools presented the 22nd Annual Smyth Education Awards at their opening meeting on Friday, August 2nd.  The Smyth Education Awards recognize and reward outstanding staff performance in the public schools […]

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Community Rallies Around Opportunity for Young Composer

By the age of 15, Sophia Schwaner of Staunton had already written the script and composed 22 songs for her first complete musical production.  She had also participated in the Heifetz International Music Institute as a young violin student during two prior summers and played previously with the Waynesboro Symphony and in the pit orchestra […]

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Community Foundation Distributes Over $385,000

On Wednesday, May 29th, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge will award over $385,000 to 112 nonprofit organizations, serving Staunton, Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta, Highland, and Nelson, which will gather in the ballroom of the Best Western PLUS in Waynesboro. The Community Grants Program is one of many ways in which […]

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Community Foundation to Present Nonprofit Workshops in Highland County

Based on the results of a survey, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is offering two of its nonprofit workshops at The Highland Center in June and August. A number of nonprofit employees, board members, and other volunteers in Highland County have expressed great interest in the workshops, which the Community Foundation typically […]

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Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council Grants $20,000

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is pleased to announce their Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council’s (HC YPC) decision to award $20,000 in competitive grants to six nonprofit organizations serving residents in Highland County. The Community Foundation established its HC YPC in 2015 in an effort to provide opportunities for Highland youth to […]

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Youth Philanthropy Council Grants Ceremony

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is pleased to announce their Youth Philanthropy Council’s (YPC) decision to award $25,000 in competitive grants to nine nonprofit organizations serving local youth in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County. The Community Foundation created its YPC in 2008 to promote youth development and community leadership through experiences of […]

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The Community Foundation Announces Record-Setting Year

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge announced today that it awarded a record $1.5 million in local grants, scholarships, and awards in 2018. This amount represents a 36% increase over the prior year. 2018 also marked the first year in which the Foundation presented scholarships in excess of $100,000. During 2018, the Foundation presented 355 […]

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Community Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Connecting Students of All Ages to Over $100,000 in Financial Aid The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is currently accepting scholarship applications from graduating high school seniors and adults seeking new skills and higher education. Currently, most Community Foundation scholarships are available to residents of the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and […]

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Community Foundation’s Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council Announces $20,000 Available to Support Programs in Highland County

The Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council (HC YPC), an initiative of the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge in partnership with The Highland Center, is pleased to announce the availability of $20,000 in competitive grant funding for organizations addressing the community needs of Highland County. The Community Foundation established its Youth Philanthropy Program ten […]

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