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Our Grant Making

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley awards grants through three grant programs throughout the year. Each CFNRV grant program has different applicant requirements, eligiblity criteria, and available funding levels. Learn more about each grant program below, and visit that program's individual page to learn more. All grant programs are managed through our Online Grants Portal system. If you have technical difficulty with our system, please read our helpful guide or contact CFNRV.


The Blacksburg Children's Museum received a grant in 2016 to support its popular Market exhibit.

Current Grant Program Status

  • Responsive Granmaking - UPDATE - We will transition from two grant cycles to a single, annual cycle in 2017. Learn more here.
  • Community Impact Grant Program -UPDATE - We will not award a new Community Impact Grant in 2017 to allow us to make some modifications to the program. Learn more here.
  • Board Directed Grantmaking - Coming Soon!

Donor Advisor Forms

  • Nonbinding Request Form - Donor advisors may request that grants be made from their funds outside of the competitive grants process to eligible organizations. Please complete and submit this form to To ensure grants are awarded within the calendar year, submit the form by December 1, 2017.

Grant Programs at CFNRV

Responsive Grantmaking

(Formerly known as our "semi-annual grant program") The roots of the CFNRV's grantmaking are in supporting the many area non-profit organizations working to make a positive impact in our community. 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. The CFNRV awards grants within eight areas of interest.   Beginning in 2017, responsive grants will be awarded via one, annual 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 at the Responsive Grantmaking page.

Community Impact Grant Program

Started in 2011, 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 at the Community Impact Grant Program page.

Board Directed Grantmaking

A new and emerging initative at the CFNRV, our board directed grantmaking program issues larger grants which support collaboration around key issue areas in the NRV. These key issue areas are identified by the CFNRV board. Focused on both inspiring collaboration and empowering the solutions that emerge from it, the board directed grantmaking program provides financial and in-kind support not only for the building and maintaining of service networks, but also in-kind and financial supports for the plans that emerge from those collaborations.

Learn more at the Board Directed Grantmaking program page.

Ready to Apply? Visit our online grant management system to get started by clicking the "Apply Now" link below, or on any of our individual grant program pages.