On Tuesday, June 5th, representatives of 89 nonprofit organizations serving Staunton, Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta, Nelson, and Highland gathered to receive over $356,000 in grants from the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge.
The Community Grants Program is made possible through the generous and thoughtful support of many donors throughout the community. Those individuals and corporate donors have established individual endowments and pass-through funds of varying size and for many different purposes.
Nonprofit organizations serving our community submit applications to the Foundation by early February to be considered for a grant. The Foundation, which received a record 107 applications this year, assembles an 18-member committee of community members to review each proposal, weigh their merits, and recommend to the Foundation’s board of directors a plan for distributing its available funding.
The nonprofit organizations selected for 2018 represent the widest possible range of charitable activities, including health and human services, childhood development, education, art and culture, and much more.
As the Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary, it continues its commitment to broad-based engagement for the greater good of the community. With over $26 million in assets, the Foundation has distributed over $10 million since its founding in 1992. As part of its mission to enrich the quality of life in our community, the Foundation will once again be in a position to distribute approximately $1 million to the community this year in the form of grants, scholarships, and awards.
Prior to the grants presented on Tuesday evening, the Foundation had already distributed $421,696 in grants and scholarships since January, bringing its total philanthropy for 2018 to $777,696. This includes $35,000 in grants from its two Youth Philanthropy Councils, and over $85,000 in scholarships. Through other programs, including the 25th annual Dawbarn Education Awards slated to be presented on November 28, the Foundation will distribute additional funds in the coming months.