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What We Fund? A Thriving Community.

Our results-based grantmaking framework enables us to make more strategic investment decisions and measure their impact in our four focus areas:

Together with our private and public sector partners, we are invested in building a strong and sustainable community of nonprofit organizations through which we address community needs.

When investigating any of our grant opportunities, we ask that you pay close attention to application deadlines, which can vary by grant type.


Community Impact Investments

Our program officers work throughout the year to identify opportunities that further our community's ability to meet the needs of our region. This support can include funding for general operations, programmatic funds, leadership development and planning initiatives. In addition, we will consider funding for innovative and emerging work across the community, such as resident-led initiatives in targeted neighborhoods.

Our Community Impact Investments are open to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations serving the Richmond and Central Virginia region that are seeking program or operating support. This is the primary way the Community Foundation will share information with its grantmaking partners throughout the year.

The Letter of Introduction (LOI) process opens December 1, 2021 and the deadline is January 31, 2022 at 5pm.

Please complete ALL of the following steps prior to submitting an LOI: 

  1. Watch the video below, which is a recording of the 2022 Information Session for Nonprofits and provides detailed instructions for each phase of the process. You may also download the attached slide deck covered during the session.
  2. Request a meeting with a Program Officer
    This is an opportunity to establish a relationship with the Community Foundation, share details of your work, and brainstorm ideas for a potential grant request. This conversation will be considered along with your Letter of Introduction. 
  3. Review the Letter of Introduction application
    This document will give you a preview of the fields you will need to complete through our online grants portal. Refer to aforementioned video and slide deck for detailed instructions.
  4. Review the full Community Impact Application
    This document will give you a preview of the fields you will need to complete if invited to submit a full proposal. Please note that it contains all three versions of the application – Operating, Program, and Policy/Advocacy - for reference purposes only. If you’re invited into the Community Impact process, our team will tell you which version of the application to complete.

Our Partners in Community Impact

The grantmaking of the Jenkins Foundation complements our community impact strategies outlined above. The Jenkins Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that have the potential to make a significant impact on the quality of health, especially for uninsured, underserved or vulnerable populations. Deadline: May 5 and November 5 at 5pm.

Special Funding Opportunities

Certain funding opportunities are available outside of the Community Foundation’s focus areas. These grant programs are typically initiated by a particular donor or donor group. Grant priorities and deadlines vary.

Learn more about our special funding opportunities.

"Whatever your idea may be to make the community a better place, the Foundation facilitates meaningful discussion and planning to help you do it."

Mark Sisisky, Community Foundation donor 

Interested in applying for a grant?

Create a profile on the Foundation's online grant application system.