grant programs

Most Community Foundation grant distributions are made at the recommendation of advisors through our donor advised funds. Nonprofits may only apply to this type of fund by invitation. A Letter of Inquiry is the ideal way to introduce your nonprofit to the foundation and its donors. Additionally, several high-impact foundation funds have a competitive application process.

Letter of Inquiry

We are always interested in learning about new organizations, programs and initiatives. Nonprofits may complete a letter of inquiry using the online form below. Completing the letter of inquiry does not guarantee a review for funding.

If more information about your work is needed, a foundation staff member will call, and may request a site visit.

Submit a letter of Inquiry using our Gifts Online form

Helpful Guides for Grant Applicants

Click the links below to download guides for competitive grant applicants.

Online Application Portal How To Guide

Frequently Asked Questions & Grant Writing Tips

Current Grantees and Applicants

Return to a draft or previously submitted applications or report here: https://www.GrantRequest.com/SID_2098?SA=AM

Competitive Grant Opportunities

The following Community Foundation funds participate in competitive grant opportunities. Nonprofit organizations may proactively request funding from any of the opportunities listed below, provided the nonprofit meets the fund’s goals and criteria.

Click a fund name to learn more and access the online application.

Funding OpportunityApplication AvailableDue Date
Youth in Philanthropy
Grants for youth-led or youth-serving programs and projects.
June 6, 2019July 19, 2019
The Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund Large Grants over $7,500
Grants larger than $7,500 for youth, preservation or recreation.
July 15, 2019August 12, 2019
The Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund Small Grants $7,500 or less
Grants of $7,500 or less for youth, preservation or recreation.
November 18, 2019December 20, 2019
The Trust for Public Education - Spotsylvania
Grants to benefit Spotsylvania public school teachers and children.
TBD 2020/2021TBD 2020/2021
The Haven Make a Difference Fund - Fredericksburg
Grants to benefit Fredericksburg public school teachers and children.
TBD 2020/2021TBD 2020/2021
The Governors Row Fund for Teachers & Students - Fredericksburg
Grants to benefit Fredericksburg public school teachers and children.
TBD 2020/2021TBD 2020/2021
The Women and Girls Fund
Grants to address the needs of area women and girls.
December 9, 2019January 26, 2020
The Virginia Heritage Fund
Grants to preserve the documentary history of our region.
February 10, 2020March 16, 2020
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