Our Grantmaking

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley awards grants through both our annual Responsive Grant Program and through specialized grant programs designed to meet the unique needs of the New River Valley. The grant programs described below have specific application requirements, eligibility criteria, and available funding levels.  All grant programs, however, are managed through our Online Grants Portal system.

Learn more about each grant program below and please take the time to visit each grant programs individual page to learn more about how to apply. 


Responsive Grant Program

The Responsive Grant Program at the CFNRV is an annual grant program intended to respond to ongoing or emergent community needs as recognized by the area non-profits serving those needs directly. The CFNRV recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic presents significant challenges for NRV organizations, and that flexibility is essential to meeting organizational needs at this time. As such, the 2020 Responsive Grant Program offers general operating support grants of up to $4,000 to be used at the grantee’s discretion. The online application opens June 15th with a deadline of Monday, July 27th at 5pm. The CFNRV anticipates returning to its traditional programmatic and operating grant opportunities next year. Learn more about our Responsive Grant program here.

COVID-19 Response Grants

We are no longer accepting applications to the COVID-19 Response Grant Program. With the help of the CFNRV’s endowed fund holders, individual contributions, and a generous grant from the Micron Opportunity Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, we were able to award $76,250 in COVID-19 Response Grants to 39 organizations since April. While this program is no longer taking applications, we encourage organizations serving the New River Valley to apply to the 2020 Responsive Grant Program, which we have modified to better respond to community needs during COVID-19. To read about our three rounds of COVID-19 Response Grants and the recipients, visit our News page.

Nonprofit Accelerator

This is a non-traditional capacity-building program for agencies serving the New River Valley. The accelerator is meant for non-profit organizations interested in expanding capacity, scaling up, increasing their sustainability, testing a nonprofit program idea, re-examining a long-standing program, and/or transforming a program model. This accelerator experience includes a four-month program designed to advance the growth and impact of participating organizations through consulting, mentoring, and peer learning. This accelerator will provide the time, expertise and space necessary to reflect, change and act. This experience will be offered to 6-8 organizations annually. Learn more about the Nonprofit Accelerator opportunity here.

Donor Advisor Forms

Are you a donor wanting to request that a grant(s) be made from your fund, outside of the competitive grants process to eligible nonprofit organization(s)? Please complete and submit this Nonbinding Request Form to cfnrv@cfnrv.org. To ensure grants are awarded within the calendar year, submit the form by December 1st of each calendar year.