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The Community Foundation manages a broad range of charitable funds and endowments established by individuals, families, corporations and other foundations to enhance the quality of life in our region.  The charitable interests of these funds are as varied as the donors who established them.

In 2011, The Community Foundation and its supporting organizations awarded $48 million in grants to approximately 1,000 charitable organizations and 240 individuals (through scholarships and professional awards).

Our grants fall into two basic categories: grants awarded through an open application process, and those awarded in response to donor recommendation.  The latter category is supported by donor advised, designated and agency endowment funds.

Community Grants and Scholarships

The Community Foundation oversees a number of discretionary grant programs that allow us to be responsive to community needs as they emerge.  These grants are supported by unrestricted, field of interest and special funds.  In some cases, TCF may take a more proactive approach to addressing important community issues.  In addition to responsive grantmaking, our staff will seek to identify community initiatives that advance solutions to our community’s greatest challenges using innovative strategies and a collaborative spirit.

In this section, you can learn more about:

  • Community Grants – Learn about our various grant programs and how to apply.
  • Scholarships – Search our database for scholarship opportunities available to high school seniors and adult learners living in the Central Virginia region.
  • Professional Development Awards – Learn about a number of programs designed to reward and enhance the professional capabilities of area leaders.