Community Foundation Awards $25,000 in First Round of COVID-19 Response Grants

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) is pleased to announce $25,000 in its first round of grants to NRV nonprofits affected by COVID-19.

The CFNRV announced its COVID-19 Response Grant Program in late March and received over 75 applications in the first few weeks.  The program awards grants of up to $2,000 to NRV charitable organizations to help them navigate the pandemic. Applications were received from many different organizations including hunger relief agencies, and those in diverse areas of the arts, education, health care and more.

Many organizations are seeing an increased demand for services or having to make changes to how they deliver services or cover operational expenses. In response, the Foundation’s leaders elected to direct a significant portion of grant funding available from its endowed funds in 2020 to COVID-19 Response Grants through a flexible system that allows organizations to use the grant money where it is needed most.

The program is open to 501(c)3 nonprofits that serve the New River Valley or units of the local government such as schools or libraries. Organizations complete a simple, online application, and grants will be awarded roughly monthly until funding is exhausted. The next set of grants will be awarded in mid-May. Agencies may apply at

Jessica Wirgau, Executive Director of the Foundation said “We are thrilled to be able to respond to the needs of our community during this time. We know that COVID-19 is not something that organizations were prepared for, and these grants will make a true impact in meeting the needs of our community to keep doors open, to keep food on the shelves for clients in need, and to transition essential services online.”

In addition to the COVID-19 Response Grant Program, the CFNRV is hosting regular Nonprofit Listening Sessions to understand community needs, and is encouraging nonprofits to register for and utilize the GiveLocalNRV platform to share their needs and raise much-needed funds. GiveLocalNRV is an online platform that allows donors to give easily and securely to dozens of local charities. While the site is gearing up for its annual online giving day on June 24th, donors can support local charities on the site right now by visiting If you would like more information on getting involved with GiveLocalNRV, please reach out to the foundation.

April Grant Recipients

Apple Ridge Farm: $2,000 from The Young Professionals Fund to support starting Apple Ridge Farm Virtual Camp and equipment to support virtual efforts.

Boys & Girls Club of SWVA: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund to support virtual mentoring activities for kids, food boxes and “Club to go” kits to students.

Free Clinic of Pulaski County: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Health Care Fund to support essential personnel and services.

Giles County Public Schools: $1,000 from the Giles Fund to provide enrichment supplies with meals delivered to school-aged children.

Lyric Council: $2,000 from the Arts Alliance Endowment to support operations during COVID-19 closure.

NRV Agency on Aging: $2,000 from the Giles Fund to support supplemental food boxes and grocery items for 255 homebound clients.

NRV Diaper Pantry: $2,000 from Smart Beginnings NRV Charitable Fund to supply diapers and wipes to 200 families monthly.

Plenty!: $2,000 from Ghia Borg Memorial Fund to pay for food and administrative support as demand for food pantry services increases.

Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread: $2,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff Family Fund to purchase food for clients.

St. Michael’s Lutheran Church (Micah’s Initiatives): $2,000 from Home-Hunger Health and Loving Care to support the cost of purchasing food and necessities for the children and families, and senior citizens in need of assistance.

Valley Interfaith Child Care Center: $2,000 from Early Childhood Education Teachers Fund and the Children’s Shelter Home Endowment to support core staff and operations.

Warm Hearth Foundation: $2,000 from the Ghia Borg Memorial Fund and Homer T. and Beverly A. Hurst Family Fund for personal protective equipment for staff, additional cleaning supplies and staff assistance.

YMCA of Pulaski County: $2,000 from the Ann & H.W. Huff Family Fund to support staff salaries and core operations during closure.

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