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(Lynchburg, VA – June 28, 2023) - The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation (GLCF or Foundation) announced today the recipients of its Spring 2023 grants.

This week, 76 local nonprofit organizations received letters notifying them that their grant applications were partially or fully funded by the GLCF. A total of $529,042 is being awarded from funds administered by the Foundation.

Birth in Color LYH is a first-time grant recipient. Their Grant Development & Fundraising Support Coordinator Miosha McDaniel said, "This is the first time Birth in Color has applied, so I am extremely thankful and excited. It feels really special and honorable to know that the GLCF believes in the work that we are doing in this community for birthing people and their families. To have financial support allows Birth in Color to further our reach with training more doulas of color, and supporting families of color. We appreciate being considered, our story being heard, and the financial support to continue doing this life-changing work."

Birth in Color LYH provides pregnant people services to ensure a safe journey to parenthood and make better decisions for their children, linking maternal justice to reproductive justice. 

The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation was founded in 1972 and is concluding the celebration of its 50th anniversary this month. The GLCF's mission is to enhance the quality of life for those living in the City of Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell.

In order to receive a grant, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations must submit an application describing a current project in need of funding, as well as a project budget and current financial statements. A Distribution Committee composed of members of the GLCF Board of Directors determines which projects receive funding after carefully reviewing the applications.

"We are ecstatic to be able to support these important projects that are serving critical needs in our community," said Kathryn C. Yarzebinski, President & CEO of the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation. "GLCF donors make these grants possible. We now have 319 endowed funds created and supported by donors, and these funds generate millions in annual charitable support for our community." 

Examples of some of this year's funded projects include: STEM/STREAM education programming, food distribution, community gardening, art enrichment for individuals with disabilities, a veteran memorial garden, medical transport and equipment, and community outreach programs on literacy, history, and the arts.

Since 1972, the GLCF has granted nearly $31 million to a wide variety of local nonprofit organizations including human services, animal welfare, arts, education, and historical preservation organizations.

The GLCF offers two grant cycles annually: fall and spring. The next grant deadline is September 15, 2023. In 2022, the GLCF awarded $2,092,907 to 185 charitable organizations.

This year's spring grant recipients include the following organizations:

Agape Center Corporation

Altavista Outreach and Enrichment, Inc.

Amazement Square

Amherst County Museum & Historical Society

Bedford Community Orchestra

Bedford Hospice House/Friends of Bedford Hospice House

Bedford Urban Garden, Inc.

Bethune Nursery School, Inc. (dba Mary Bethune Academy)

Birth In Color LYH

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Inc.

Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America

Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center

Bower Center for the Arts

Building Bridges Productions, Inc.

Campbell County Historical Society

Cantate Children's and Youth Choir

Central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence

Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living, Inc./Bedford Ride

Central Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.

Central Virginia Regional Rescue

Children's Assistive Technology Service

Children's Trust Come to the Altar Ministry, Inc.

Commerce Street Theater

Cross Road Community Wellness Ministry


EC Glass High School Band Boosters, Inc.

Eleven Pictures LTD DBA Virginia Children's Book Festival

FREE Foundation

Future Focus Foundation

Greater Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity

Hill City Pride, LLC

History, Arts & Science Action Network: Tech Cats Coding Camp

Hospitality House of Richmond, dba The Doorways HumanKind

James River Association

Jones Memorial Library

Jubilee Family Development Center

Junior League of Lynchburg

Kuumba Dance Ensemble, Inc

Lynchburg Beacon of Hope

Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation

Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship

Lynchburg Grows

Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra

Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg

Miller Home of Lynchburg

National D-Day Memorial Foundation

Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club

New Vistas School

One Community One Voice Lynchburg

Opera on the James

Patrick Henry Family Services

Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation

Peakland Preschool

Pierce Street Gateway

Seven Hills Chamber Music

SML Good Neighbors, Inc.

Stay Teachable Foundation

Sweet Briar College

Take My Hand Ministries

The American Civil War Museum

The Bedford Area Educational Foundation

The Bridge Ministry, Inc.

The John Oakes Foundation

The Legacy Project Inc./Legacy Museum

The Main Act Theatre Troupe

The Salvation Army of Lynchburg

Thomas Jefferson Foundation

United Way of CV (Fiscal Agent for Bright Beginnings of CV)

Virginia Amateur Sports Inc.

Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Virginia Institute of Autism

Virginia Legal Aid Society


YWCA Central Virginia

For more information on how to apply for a grant, to start your own charitable fund, or to make a gift to one of the existing funds at the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, please visit

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The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation's primary mission is to enhance the quality of life in the communities served by the establishment of permanent endowments for the city of Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell, with the income distributed annually to charitable organizations within the community.

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The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation works to solve our community’s greatest challenges by providing grants and scholarships, and by helping individuals, families, and organizations create their charitable legacy.

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