The Community Foundation provides grant support in many areas of community life including, but not limited to, education, the arts, community health, alleviation of poverty, youth and the environment. We also administer scholarships.
The Community Foundation’s competitive grant process seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations based in Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties or from any organization with a project that has specific benefit to residents of those counties. Grant applications vary for each fund.
Community Assistance Grants
Letter of Inquiry Due July 3
The Community Assistance Grant program invites proposals for projects from 501 (c)(3) nonprofits that have been in operation for at least three years, and who deliver services within Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper counties. Community Assistance Grants are allocated for program services as well as general operating support. These grants can provide unrestricted funding to help support and maintain an organization as it pursues its mission. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most appropriate and will have the largest community impact. Community Assistance Grants may also fund specific program or project needs that are immediate in nature and address or alleviate hardship. We encourage collaborative proposals that build and develop community resources and partnerships. Award amounts generally range from $5,000 to $25,000.
To submit a letter of inquiry, please click here. If you have not yet registered with Foundant, you will need to do so before submitting an application. To learn more, please download the Community Assistance Grant Eligibility & Funding Principles.
Meade M. Palmer Memorial Fund
Application Due March 1
The Meade M. Palmer Memorial Fund conducts a broad-based grant-making program, which provides vital funding for all aspects of community well-being. Resources are concentrated geographically to preserve and enhance the quality of life to residents of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison and Rappahannock counties. Award amounts generally range from $500 to $5,000.
Patricia and Nicolaas Kortlandt Memorial Fund
Application Due July 15
Patricia and Nicolaas Kortlandt were community-minded people who lived in Fauquier County for over 50 years and supported Fauquier through their farm and service to civic organizations and schools. Both Patti and Nic were adamant volunteers. The Patricia and Nicolaas Kortlandt Memorial Fund invites proposals for projects that strengthen the fabric of the counties we serve (priority is given to those charities that Mr. Kortlandt requested that we consider first) and that represent the diverse interests of Patricia and Nicolaas Kortlandt. Award amounts generally range from $500 to $10,000.
To apply, please click here. If you have not yet registered with Foundant, you will need to do so before submitting an application.
Richard Lykes Rappahannock Community Fund
Application Due October 15
A bequest from long-time Rappahannock resident Richard Lykes enabled the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation to create the Richard Lykes Rappahannock Community Fund, which is focused on improving the quality of life in Rappahannock County. Award amounts generally range from $500 to $10,000.
Gordon Thornhill Excellence in Youth Foundation Grant
Application Due October 15
The Gordon Thornhill Excellence in Youth grant supports non-profit organizations for sports and agriculture related enrichment projects for the youth of Rappahannock County. Award amounts generally range from $500 to $5,000.
Culpeper Foundation Fund Grant
Application Due December 1
The Culpeper Foundation Fund welcomes a wide variety of grant requests, which provide vital funding for all aspects of community well-being. Applications should work to preserve and enhance the quality of life to residents of Culpeper County. Award amounts generally range from $500 to $2,500.