Supporting Community Needs and/or Opportunities

Parks and Recreation 

Arts and Culture

Grant Guidelines

  • Applications are submitted by a charitable 501c3 organization, a public entity, or an organization with a fiscal agent agreement with a 501c3 organization.
  • A typical grant award does not exceed $5,000.
  • Projects must be completed within 12 months of the grant award date.
  • Submit grant application along with the required attachments to:

Grant Award Criteria

  • Impact – projects that will have an overall impact within the greater Virginia area.
  • Measurable results – projects that can make a clear difference in the quality of life for a substantial number of people over a significant period of time.
  • Community need – projects that address a current community need and/or opportunity.
  • Collaboration/partnership – projects that encourage cooperation and collaboration with other organizations in unique and impactful ways.
  • Asset-based approach – projects that maximize the strengths, talents, and resources of the greater Virginia area.
  • Sustainability – project demonstrates a plan to continue beyond Foundation funding.

Grant Exclusions

  • Individuals or private foundations
  • Political organizations or campaigns
  • Religious purposes or activities
  • 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


Grant Application and Guidelines