COVID-19 Response Grants

Our COVID-19 Response Grant Program provides unrestricted funding to organizations as our region navigates the coronavirus pandemic. We recognize that many community organizations are seeing an increased demand for services, having to make significant changes to how they deliver programs, and simply struggling with how to sustain operations over the next months. In response, we are directing a significant portion of the grant funding available from our endowed funds in 2020 to this program, and we are working with our donors to grow the funds available.

We also recognize that our response needs to be flexible and fluid. We will make adjustments over time as more funding becomes available and as we learn more about the needs of our community and the many organizations serving our region. We will share any updates about the program on this page and via email.

Information for Applicants

What can the funds be used for?  Funds are unrestricted and may be used as your organization sees fit. The application will ask how you intend to use the funds only so we may better understand your organization’s unique needs. You will not be asked to submit a post-grant evaluation for this program.

How much is available?  You may apply for up to $2,000.

Who is eligible?  501(c)3 nonprofit organizations serving the New River Valley (Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski Counties, and the City of Radford) or units of local government such as schools or libraries may apply. Organizations physically based outside of the NRV may apply if they have programs in the NRV serving NRV residents.

How often will grants be awarded? We will award grants approximately once a month beginning in April through at least June. The total amount given each month will depend on available funding and applications received.

Is there an application deadline? No, this is a rolling process and there is no deadline. You may submit an application at anytime while this program is active. If your organization is not selected for a grant in one month, it will remain eligible for funding in subsequent months. There is no need to submit your application again.

Can my organization receive more than one grant? Yes, if you receive a grant one month, you may apply again to be considered for funding in subsequent months. However, those organizations that have not yet received funding through this program will be given priority.

How to Apply

Click on the Apply Now button below or to your left. You will be prompted to login to our online application system, Foundant. If you have not previously applied for a grant, please create an organizational profile before completing the COVID-19 Response Grant application.

The application is simple and asks just a few questions:

  • Please describe your organization’s core mission and programs.
  • How has the COVID-19 outbreak affected your programs and activities?
  • How do you intend to use these grant funds?

Please make sure that your organization’s contact information is up to date so we may easily contact you about your application.

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Support this Grant Program

We welcome donations to this program. Make a donation online here or mail a check payable to CFNRV, P.O. Box 6009, Christiansburg, VA 24068-6009. Please mark “COVID Response” in the memo line. The Community Foundation is a public charity classified as 501(c)3 and all contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law. For additional information on how to give to this program, please contact Jessica Wirgau at