Kathryn Yarzebinski, President & CEO
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(Lynchburg, VA – June 19, 2024) - The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation (“GLCF” or “Foundation”) announced today the recipients of its Spring 2024 competitive grants.

The GLCF Distribution Committee carefully reviewed each application received, resulting in over $519,000 awarded in competitive grants, plus over $55,000 in recommendations from our donor advised funds to 86 organizations.

Competitive grants ranged from $700 to $30,000. 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.

"We received many strong applications for grant support this year from local nonprofits,” said John Walker, GLCF’s Distribution Committee chair. “It was exciting to read about all of the good work these organizations are doing in our community. We are glad to be able to distribute grants that will support everything from the arts to food insecurity, and will help make our area a better place to live."

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, 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.

“These grant applications show the incredible work our nonprofits are doing in our community,” said Kathryn C. Yarzebinski, President & CEO of the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation. “GLCF donors make these grants possible. We now have 325 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 healthy meals to homebound individuals, educational summer programming for kids in Campbell County, purchasing tools and equipment to assist in maintaining the Appalachian Trail in Bedford County, supporting elderly patients in hospice care, and the historic preservation of the Dr. Robert Walter “Whirlwind” Johnson home in Lynchburg.

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 September 15, 2024. In 2023, the GLCF awarded $over $2.2 million to 211 charitable organizations.

Spring 2024 grant recipients from the competitive cycle and donor advised funds include the following organizations:
Academy Center of the Arts
Agape Center Corporation - Lynchburg Center
ARC of Central Virginia
Avoca Museum and Historical Society
Awareness Garden
Bedford Community Orchestra
Bedford Humane Society
Bedford Urban Garden, Inc.
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Inc.
Blue Ridge Montessori School
Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America
Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center
Bower Center for the Arts
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lynchburg
Building Bridges Productions, Inc.
Camp Kum-Ba-Yah Nature Center
Cantate Children's and Youth Choir
CASA of Central Virginia
Centra Foundation
Central Virginia Academy for Nonprofit Excellence
Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living, Inc.
Central Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, Inc.
Charlottesville Ballet
Children's Assistive Technology Service
Children's Trust
Cross Road Community Wellness Ministry
Cycling Without Age Lynchburg
Eleven Pictures LTD DBA Virginia Children's Book Festival
enCircle (Lutheran Family Services of Virginia)
FARRR Foundation Inc
Free Clinic of Central Virginia
FREE Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment
Freedom 4/24
Friends of Bedford Hospice House
Future Focus Foundation
Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline
Interfaith Outreach
James River Association
James River Day School
Johnson Health Center
Jubilee Family Development Center
Kids' Haven: A Center for Grieving Children
Literacy Volunteers of Campbell County Public Library
Live Move Be Center
Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation
Lynchburg Covenant Fellowship
Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra
Madison Heights Youth Baseball Association
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Virginia
Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg
Miriam's House
National D-Day Memorial Foundation
Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club
New Vistas School
One Community One Voice Lynchburg
Opera on the James
Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation
Pierce Street Gateway
Pink Witnesses, Inc.
Purple Heart Homes, Inc.
Radcliff Cemetery, Inc.
Rivermont Area Emergency Food Pantry
Rush Homes
Second Stage | Amherst
Seven Hills Chamber Music
SML Good Neighbors, Inc.
St. John's Day School
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Stoneridge Foundation dba The National Center for Healthy Veterans at Valor Farm
Sweet Briar College
Take My Hand Ministries, Inc.
The Arc of Central Virginia
The Bedford Area Educational Foundation
The Bridge Ministry, Inc.
The Main Act Theatre Troupe
Topper Touchdown Club
United Way of Central Virginia
University of Lynchburg
University of Virginia, Virginia College Advising Corps
Virginia Amateur Sports Inc.
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
Whirlwind Johnson Foundation (WJF)
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of 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 325 existing funds at the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, please visit

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The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation’s vision is to make lasting and impactful change possible by funding the work of nonprofit organizations that are focused on improving the lives of those in Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties.

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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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