Funding projects is made possible through returns on endowment investments. The Virginia Community Foundation has three Areas of Interest based on historical factors and responding to community needs. The Areas of Interest are described below with examples of grants and collaborations. This is not an exhaustive list. Feel free to contact the Foundation office for more examples.


  • Street Pole Banners
  • Tennis For All Enclosed Courts
  • Virginia Rotary Canopy Project
  • Virginia Market Square
  • Virginia Baseball Assn Dugout
  • Silver Lake Trail Interconnect
  • Greenhouse Mosaic Signage
  • Virginia Little League Field Renovation
  • Take a Kid Fishing Day
  • Murals*
  • Olcott Fountain Restoration*
  • MN Mainstreet DEED Project*


  • Discover Virginia – History Program
  • Mesabi Community Orchestra Support
  • B’nai Abraham Museum WWII Exhibit
  • Support for Funds for Theater and Art
  • Lyric Arts Center Youth Program
  • Thursday Art Crawl
  • Support for the Education Fund
  • Provide Musicplay Curriculum
  • Parkview Elementary Sensory Room
  • Support for Scholarship Funds
  • Marquette Playground Equipment
  • Iron Range Veterans Memorial Plaza Flagpoles and Benches


  • United Way Regional Covid 19 Emergency Fund
  • Range Trail Committee Support
  • City Summer Work Outreach Project
  • AEOA Quad City Food Shelf
  • Virginia Senior Center Activities
  • Habitat for Humanity Equipment
  • Range Respite Caregiver Training and Education
  • Appletree Learning Center IPADs
  • Mesabi YMCA Restroom Accessibility
  • Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability
  • Project Care for the Uninsured

*The Foundation provides grants to special projects, while the majority of the funds for these projects are generated outside of the Endowment Returns.