Grant Guidelines

Eligible Applicants

To be considered for a grant from the Virginia Community Foundation, an organization and/or project must:

  1. Benefit the greater Virginia, Minnesota community, AND
  2. Be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization or provide documentation that the organization is sponsored by a fiscal agent that has 501(c)(3) status or be a public entity.

Grant Details:

  • Approved grants expire one year from the date of approval, unless a grantee applies for and is granted an extension.
  • A Final Report Form must be submitted within thirty (30) days upon completion of the project/event date. Consideration of future requests will be dependent on completion of final reports from any prior grant.
  • The Foundation appreciates public acknowledgement on project sites and/or in project communications. The Foundation strongly encourages Grantees to┬ápurchase materials and services form local businesses when using VCF funds.

Grant requests are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Will make a clear difference in the quality of life in the Virginia area.
  • Leverage other funding.
  • 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.