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.