The Community Grants Program is Now Accepting Applications from Nonprofit Organizations

There is a nonprofit grant opportunity available for 2022 from The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge.

The Community Grants Program is open to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, as well as organizations operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  The organizations must serve Staunton, Waynesboro, or the counties of Augusta, Highland or Nelson.  The Community Foundation does not issue grants to individuals, fraternal organizations, or sectarian organizations.

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, and are well-conceived with a realistic schedule of activities and thoughtful use of resources. The Foundation does not provide grants for deficit reduction or endowments.

The application deadline is February 11, 2022.

In 2021, the Foundation issued 121 grants totaling $423,000 through the Community Grants Program.  Grant awards ranged from $1,000 to $10,000.  The average grant amount was $3,500.

 For more information, or (540) 213-2150.

If you are seeking sponsorship for a short-term event that has a duration of up to one week, The Community Foundation has a separate budget for those requests.  Do not complete the Community Grant application for sponsorship requests for a short-term event.    Submit those sponsorship requests in writing, at any time, to Dan Layman, President/CEO at or mail to P.O. Box 815, Staunton, VA 24402-0815.  The Foundation does avoid providing sponsorship support for the same organization in two consecutive years.

Full details on the Community Grants Program, including the application, can be found at


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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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