The Community Foundation's 25th Anniversary Grants - A Vision for the Future
We are celebrating 25 years of advocating for philanthropy in the Rappahannock River Region with five, $25,000 grants. Since our founding in 1997, we have granted over $15 million to nonprofits in our region. The foundation’s grantmaking reflects the generosity of our community and the transformative power of philanthropy.
For more than 25 years, The Community Foundation has been a devout advocate for the advancement of philanthropy in our region. This major milestone in the foundation’s history has empowered us to reflect on our past and craft a vision for the future. Over the past year, the foundation has undergone a vigorous strategic planning exercise culminating in a new vision to boldly address the needs of our community and lead the region in philanthropy. Our vision is to be a trusted leader in engaged charitable giving and provide accessible, inclusive and sustainable philanthropy.
Simple and to the point, this vision guides the work of the foundation. Grants will be awarded in three cycles focusing on (1) preservation/arts and culture, (2) environment/animal welfare and (3) education/health/human services.
These grants are intended to support the long-term vision of our region's nonprofits. Nonprofit applicants are asked, how will this grant help you invest in your future and how will this investment enhance your organization’s accessibility, inclusivity and sustainability?
Preservation, Arts and Cultural Organizations
Application Opens: April 18, 2022
Grant Proposals Due: May 16, 2022
Award Announcement: July 26, 2022
Environment and Animal Welfare Organizations
Application Opens: September 26, 2022
Grant Proposals Due: October 24, 2022
Award Announcement: December 19, 2022
Education, Health and Human Services Organizations
Application Opens: December 19, 2022
Grant Proposals Due: January 23, 2023
Award Announcement: March 20, 2023
To qualify for a 25th anniversary grant, applicants must be a formally organized tax-exempt nonprofit organization serving Caroline County, King George County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County and/or the City of Fredericksburg.
Applicants must either be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization act as a fiscal sponsor for the proposed project.It is important for applicants to demonstrate:
- Significant impact
- Fiscal responsibility
- Innovation/creativity collaboration
- Outreach to traditionally unappreciated populations
- Commitment to racial diversity and equity, and engagement
What We Do Not Fund
The Community Foundation will not award grant support to organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws or practices, discriminate against a person or group because of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief. Grantees, however, may target services to a particular population when the targeted groups require specialized programs to meet specific needs not shared by the general population.
Additionally, in alignment with Community Foundation guidelines, this grant opportunity does not fund:
- Organizations with fewer than three board members
- Grants directly to individuals
- Political campaigns or lobbying activities
- Advancement of capital or endowment campaigns
- Projects that exclusively serve religious or sectarian purposes. Religious organizations providing non-religious community services will be considered.
- Annual fundraising campaigns or events Debt payment or legal settlements
- Reimbursement for completed projects, programs, and equipment
- National and statewide organizations that cannot demonstrate a strong local presence
- Re-granting organizations, and service clubs
- Public acknowledgment of The Community Foundation’s support through its 25th Anniversary Grants
- Expenditure of the funds as specified in the application
- Return of any unused portion of the grant
- Complete final narrative and financial grant reports
- Any special conditions as mutually agreed
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Preparing Your Application
Proposals should address the question, how will this grant help you invest in your future and how will this investment enhance your organization’s accessibility, inclusivity and sustainability? Applicants will be asked to submit an introduction, organizational description, statement of need, methodology and budget.