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.

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. In 2020, the CFNRV awarded over $150,000 in Responsive Grants, focusing entirely on providing operating support during the pandemic. In 2021, we will once again award only operating support grants of up to $4,000 through a streamlined application. The online application opens Monday, May 31st with a deadline of Friday, July 23rd at 5pm. Learn more about our Responsive Grant program here.

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.

COVID-19 Response Grants

The CFNRV awarded over $76,000 in COVID-19 Response Grants in 2020. We will not be offering this program in 2021, but encourage organizations to apply to our Responsive Grant Program, which will once again award only operating support grants. More information is available on the Responsive Grants page.

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.