Community Grants Program Is Open

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has opened its Community Grants Program, with applications due on March 28.  The Community Foundation is committed to supporting the nonprofit community by providing unrestricted grant funds to allow them more flexibility to respond to increasing needs, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.  They support nonprofit organizations serving the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta, Highland, and Nelson. In 2020, through their Community Grants Program, the Foundation issued over $385,000 in grants supporting a wide range of charitable activities, including the arts, health and human services, education, and more

Eligible grant recipients include tax-exempt 501(c) (3) charitable organizations, including fiscal sponsors of individuals and organizations, engaged in charitable activities that address the needs of the communities served.

While the Community Foundation does not have specific funding priorities for its Community Grants program, it does favor organizations and programs that:

  • Address identified community needs and/or opportunities,
  • Are well-conceived with a realistic schedule of activities and thoughtful use of resources, and
  • May contribute to the applicant’s organizational capacity and sustainability.

For more information and to get an application visit  or call 540-213-2150.    Applications are due March 28, 2021.


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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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