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ConseRVAtion Fund

The ConseRVAtion Fund, a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation, is seeking grant applications from nonprofits working to improve our environment, conserve resources and enhance regional sustainability. 

This fund, formerly known as the RVA Solar Fund, was developed by a group of donors who approached the Community Foundation to learn more about the use of solar energy in the Richmond region. Their first collaborative grant program encouraged the deployment of solar energy systems at nonprofit and public facilities.They are now focused on a second initiative to advance local conservation efforts.

See the sections below to learn more about the current grant opportunity:

Grant Priorities

The ConseRVAtion Fund will support projects and organizations with a focus on the environment, conserving resources and enhancing regional sustainability.  This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Renewable Energy: Solar, wind and geothermal
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Reforestation and Land Use
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Resource Conservation
  • Education and job training to advance the industry



Proposals are accepted from 501(c)(3) charitable organizations located in the Community Foundation's service area, which includes: the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond, as well as the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Powhatan.

Grant Amounts

Grant amounts will typically range from $5,000 to $40,000


  • The application process will open in early January
  • The deadline for proposals is February 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Final grant decisions are made and communicated in April

How to Apply

Step 1 - Register/Login in the online grant system
First-time applicants will be prompted to create an account. If you have applied in the past, use your existing login.

Step 2 - Submit a proposal
When you submit a full proposal, you must have a complete and up-to-date profile in the Nonprofit Directory on for your application to be considered. You have the option to use the following document to complete your proposal:
Project Budget Form [XLS]

Report Back

Grantees must submit a final report May 30th the year following the grant award. You will also use the online grants system to submit your report. Results should align with the outcomes described in your original proposal.

The deadline submit a proposal is February 21, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Please click below to submit through our online grants system.

Access online system