Competitive Grants at The Community Foundation

We have a common application process for all nonprofits seeking program or operating support.

Questions about Grants?

Rochelle Jones
Administrative Assistant, Programs
(804) 409-5645

The Community Foundation is proud to work in concert with several funding partners that support one or more of our priority areas noted below.

Our partners are:

All preliminary proposals are submitted to The Community Foundation and our staff team determines which funding partner(s) will consider the organization’s proposal. The deadlines for preliminary proposals are November 5 (winter cycle) and May 5 (summer cycle) by 5pm.

A limited number of organizations will be invited to submit fully-developed proposals. Those that do will receive specific guidelines and forms at that time. Final grant decisions are made in the third week of March and the third week of September, respectively.

Our Grant Process


  • Proposals are accepted from 501(c)(3) charitable organizations serving Greater Richmond and/or the Tri-Cities.
  • All preliminary proposals must be submitted to The Community Foundation, which determines the funding partner that will consider the request.
  • Organizations are limited to competitive grant support one time in a calendar year from TCF and/or its funding partners. From time to time, exceptions may be made if funding partners extend an invitation or undertake a special initiative.

Grant Priorities

We focus on four areas of community life that are most likely to produce positive and lasting change in Central Virginia.

We work closely with our funding partners and grantees to advance these goals:

  • Cultural Vibrancy: Our goal is for community members to access and appreciate arts and cultural opportunities.
  • Economic Prosperity: Our goal is for our region's resources to be sustainable and our residents to be economically stable and secure.
  • Educational Success: Our goal is for young people to achieve in school, engage in their community and be prepared for the workforce.
  • Health & Wellness: Our goal is for community members to be safe and healthy.

Grant Amount

Grants typically range from $5,000 to $100,000. Occasionally, we will identify a limited number of projects to receive grants in excess of the current guidelines.


Winter Cycle Summer Cycle
Preliminary Proposal November 5 May 5
Foundation Response November 25 May 25
Full Proposal Deadline January 10 July 10
Final Grant Decisions 3rd week of March 3rd week of September

How to Apply

Step 1. Submit a preliminary proposal.

If eligible, organizations may submit a brief summary proposal through our online grants system by the stated deadline. First-time applicants will be prompted to create an account first.

Step 2. Submit a full proposal. (By invitation only)

Following a vetting process, select organizations are invited to submit a full proposal. To be considered further, you must have a complete and up-to-date portrait on GiveRichmond.

You will need the following documents to complete your proposal:

Report Back

Submit final report.

Grantees must submit a final report one year from the date of the grant award using the same online grants system used to apply. Results should align with the metrics outlined in your original proposal.


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