What We Fund? A Thriving Community.

Our results-based grantmaking framework enables us to make more focused funding decisions and measure their impact in our four funding priority areas:

Together with our private and public sector partners, we are invested in building a strong and sustainable community of nonprofit organizations through which we address community need.

When investigating any of our grant opportunities, we ask that you pay close attention to application deadlines, which can vary by grant type.

Types of Grants

We have two primary ways for nonprofits to apply for funding:

  • Competitive grants are open to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations serving the Richmond and Central Virginia region that are seeking program or operating support.
    Deadline: May 5 and November 5.
  • Capacity-building grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that have received a community grant from The Community Foundation or its funding partners within the past three years. Grants support opportunities to provide professional and timely assistance to enhance organizational capacity and effectiveness.
    Deadline: Ongoing; Reviewed on a quarterly basis.

"Whatever your idea may be to make the community a better place, the Foundation facilitates meaningful discussion and planning to help you do it."

Mark Sisisky, TCF donor 

Participating Funding Partners

We support the grantmaking of several supporting organizations and committee-advised funds. Each funding partner has established its own focus areas and eligibility criteria.

  • The Jenkins Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that have the potential to make a significant impact on the quality of health, especially for uninsured, underserved or vulnerable populations.
    Deadline: May 5 and November 5.
  • The Sheltering Arms Foundation Fund supports organizations that provide services to uninsured and underinsured adults with physical or cognitive disabilities or those who are at risk for developing functional limitations.
    Deadline: May 5.

Special Funding Opportunities

Certain funding opportunities are available outside of The Community Foundation’s regular grant cycles. These grant programs are typically initiated by a particular donor or donor group. Grant priorities and deadlines vary.

Learn more about our special funding opportunities.

Interested in applying for a competitive or capacity-building grant?

Create a profile on the Foundation's online grant application system.