Grants 2017-06-21T11:19:51+00:00

Our Grantmaking

Grant Recipient from Grants Ceremony in 2016

Grant Recipient from Grants Ceremony in 2016

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley awards grants through two grant programs throughout the year. Each grant program has different applicant requirements, eligibility criteria, and available funding levels.  All grant programs, however, are managed through our Online Grants Portal system. If you have technical difficulty with our system, please read our helpful guide or contact CFNRV.

Learn more about each grant program below, and visit that program’s individual page to learn more.

Responsive Grantmaking

Our Responsive Grantmaking acknowledges that those non-profits working directly with our community have their fingers on the pulse of community need, and the CFNRV is committed to supporting those non-profits for whatever emergent or ongoing challenges they encounter. This program awards grants within eight areas of interest.   Beginning in 2017, responsive grants will be awarded via an annual grant cycle. The online application will open in late May with a deadline in late July. Grants are available for both programmatic (up to $5,000 ) and operating support (up to $3,000).  Learn more about our Responsive Grant program here.

Community Impact Grant Program

The CIGP is a three-year grant of $10,000 to support sustainable, community-capacity building innovations in the NRV.  The CIGP rewards collaborative, innovative efforts focused on important community issues. Applications are accepted once per year in March and April and take place over 2 stages: an open call for ‘intent to apply’ applications, and an invitation-only application process for those applicants selected for the full application. The CFNRV will not award new Community Impact Grants in 2017 to allow time for the Board of Directors to make some program modifications. Learn more about our Community Impact Grant Program 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 To ensure grants are awarded within the calendar year, submit the form by December 1, 2017.