December 21, 2023 - The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation announced today the recipients of its Fall 2023 competitive grants.

This fall the GLCF received a record 95 applications for grant funding. The GLCF Distribution Committee carefully reviewed each application, resulting in over $492,000 awarded in competitive grants, plus over $190,000 in recommendations from our donor advised funds. 

Competitive grants ranged from $24,000 to $1,000, with an average grant of $6,300. The GLCF provides grants for a wide range of needs, including food/hunger, housing, education, individuals with disabilities, animal welfare, historic preservation, our environment, and the arts. Nonprofit organizations serving the city of Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell are eligible to apply. 

“This was a tough year for making grant decisions,” says Carl Boggess, GLCF’s Distribution Committee chair. “There are so many worthy organizations asking for support, and the amounts requested have increased.”

The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation was founded in 1972 and works to solve our community’s greatest challenges by providing grants and scholarships, and by helping individuals, families, and organizations create their charitable legacy.

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 pleased to be able to support important projects that are serving a variety of needs across our community,” said Kathryn C. Yarzebinski, President & CEO of the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation. “GLCF donors make these grants possible. We now have 323 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: providing food to hungry children and adults, addiction recovery support, health and nutrition coaching, access to community arts programs, services for individuals with disabilities, and creating affordable housing. 

Since 1972, the GLCF has granted over $33 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 March 15, 2024. In 2022, the GLCF awarded $2,092,907 to 185 charitable organizations.


Fall 2023 grant recipients include the following organizations: 

  • Academy Center of the Arts
  • Alpha Action Educational & Charitable Foundation
  • Altavista/Campbell Habitat for Humanity, Inc
  • Amazement Square
  • American Red Cross of Blue Ridge Virginia
  • Amherst County Habitat for Humanity
  • Amherst County Public School Education Foundation, Inc.
  • Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR)
  • Appomattox Classical & CTE Institute
  • Appomattox Literacy Intervention Project
  • Awareness Garden
  • Bedford Cares T-N-R
  • Bedford Community Christmas Station
  • Bedford Humane Society, Inc
  • Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library 
  • Bethune Nursery School, Inc.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia
  • Blue Ledge Meals on Wheels
  • Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg
  • Bright Beginnings Central VA/United Way of Central VA, Inc. 
  • Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses, Inc. 
  • Camp Holiday Trails
  • Camp Kum-Ba-Yah Nature Center
  • Campbell County Educational Foundation
  • CASA of Central Virginia
  • Central Virginia Land Conservancy
  • Central Virginia Regional Rescue
  • Central Virginia Volleyball
  • Claire Parker Foundation
  • Coalition for HIV Awareness & Prevention of Central Virginia
  • DePaul Community Resources
  • Downtown Lynchburg Association
  • Educational Endowment Fund of the Woman's Club of Lynchburg
  • Elizabeth's Early Learning Center
  • Endstation Theatre Company
  • Food for Kids
  • Forte Chamber Music
  • Free Clinic of Central Virginia
  • Friends of New London Virginia
  • Friends of the Presbyterian Cemetery
  • Girls on the Run Central Virginia and Blue Ridge
  • Gleaning For The World
  • Great Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP)
  • He She Ze and We
  • HumanKind Ways to Work
  • Impact Living Services
  • Interfaith Outreach Association
  • IRON Lives, Inc.
  • Isaiah 117 House Lynchburg
  • Jefferson Choral Society
  • Jubilee Family Development Center
  • Kids & Pros, Inc.
  • Lake Christian Ministries, Inc. 
  • Legacy Project, Inc.
  • Lynchburg Area Veterans Council Inc.
  • Lynchburg Art Club
  • Lynchburg Beacon of Hope
  • Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc.
  • Lynchburg Daily Bread
  • Lynchburg Grows
  • Lynchburg Humane Society
  • Lynchburg Peacemakers
  • Lynchburg Pops Community Band
  • Lynchburg Road Runners
  • Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Madison House of the Arts 
  • Miller Home of Lynchburg
  • Miriam's House
  • Monacan Indian Nation
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors of Amherst County
  • New Vistas School
  • No Walls Ministry, Inc.
  • Park View Community Mission
  • Pierce Street Gateway, Inc.
  • Radcliffe Cemetery
  • Randolph College
  • Riverviews Artspace
  • Roads to Recovery, Inc.
  • Rush Homes
  • Rustburg Dixie Softball
  • Southern Environmental Law Center
  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church
  • The Arc of Central Virginia
  • The Avenel Foundation  
  • The Corporation for Jefferson's Poplar Forest 
  • The James Chamber Players
  • The Link Project, Inc.
  • The Sedalia Center, Inc.
  • The Society of St. Andrew
  • United Way of Central Virginia
  • Vector Space
  • Virginia Episcopal School
  • Virginia Hunters Who Care, Inc.
  • Virginia Technical Institute
  • Wall Opportunities and Wishes (WOW)
  • Wharton Memorial Foundation
  • Wolfbane Productions
  • Wonderfully and Frugally Made
  • Yoga for Recovery - CV DBA Sattva Yoga Center

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 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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