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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.

Types of Grants

We have two primary ways for nonprofits to be considered for funding:

  • Community Impact Investments  - Open to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations serving the Richmond and Central Virginia region that are seeking program or operating support.
    Deadline: Application deadline is February 21, 2020.
  • Ongoing Strategic 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 leadership development, planning initiatives and operational improvements. In addition, we will consider funding for innovative and emerging work across the community, such as resident-led initiatives in targeted neighborhoods.

"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 

Our Partners in Community Impact

The grantmaking of the following foundations complements our community impact strategies outlined above. To learn about their grant priorities, please use the links below.

  • 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.
  • The Sheltering Arms Foundation Fund supports organizations that provide services to uninsured and underinsured adults with physical or cognitive disabilities or those who are at risk for developing functional limitations.
    Deadline: June 2019 (check back for specific date)

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.

Interested in applying for a competitive or capacity-building grant?

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