Grant Guidelines

Grant requests are evaluated on the degree to which they meet the following criteria:

  • Are likely to make a clear difference in the quality of life for a substantial number of people in the service area over a significant period of time.
  • Propose effective approaches to address current community priorities, including approaches that are preventative in nature.
  • Show evidence of grassroots support and promote volunteer involvement.
  • Encourage cooperation and collaboration, without duplication of services;
  • Leverage other funding
  • All efforts that require only one-time support or demonstrate a realistic plan for sustaining the effort after VCF funds have been expended.

The Virginia Community Foundation does NOT fund:

  • Grants to individual persons or private foundations.
  • Political organizations or campaigns.
  • Religious purposes including worship, religious instructions, or proselytization.
  • Endowments for other organizations.
  • Fundraising campaigns or dinners, ticket sales, celebrations or similar activities.
  • Traditional government services or dollar-for-dollar replacement of public funding.