Applying for Competitive Grants

Grants are made to tax-exempt organizations and institutions that have received a 501(c)(3) classification from the Internal Revenue Service.

Consideration will be given to proposals that contribute to the betterment of our communities. Proposals with the potential to achieve significant results with a moderate amount of grant money are most favored by the Distribution Committee and the Board of Directors.  Needs served are broad in scope and include human services, education, health, the arts and the humanities.

For agencies interested in the Plymale Foundation grant cycle, please see the Plymale section below.  If you are a non-profit agency that serves the needs of youth in the Greater Lynchburg area, please see the Youth Philanthropy Grant section to learn more about an additional competitive grant offered by The Community Foundation.   These separate grant cycles are to be submitted in paper format only at this time.

What Are The Deadlines?

Organizations need to submit the grant application to be received in The Community Foundation office by 4:30 p.m. on March 15 or September 15 for consideration by the Committee. Those postmarked before the deadline but received after the deadline will not be accepted. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the applications are due on the next business day.

Applying organizations will be eligible for one grant within The Community Foundation’s fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Grants awarded from the September 15 deadline will be announced in December.  Grants awarded from the March 15 deadline will be announced in June.


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documentdownload Print Information Form For Grant Applicants or Apply Online

documentdownload Summary of Program Outcomes or Complete Online Form


Priority is given to projects which:

  • Provide innovative responses to community needs;
  • Are likely to make a difference in the quality of life of a number of people;
  • Address prevention as well as treatment;
  • Develop self-reliance, character, leadership and self-esteem;
  • Promote volunteer involvement in and commitment to community needs;
  • Help nonprofits manage themselves and their finances more effectively;
  • Reduce duplication of services and encourage cooperation; and
  • Help the disadvantaged.

Generally, grants will not be made for:

  • Routine operating expenses;
  • Individuals;
  • Services primarily supported by tax dollars;
  • Religious organizations for sectarian or religious purposes; and
  • Reducing previously incurred deficits.

If you have any questions, please contact The Community Foundation staff at 434.845.6500.

Plymale Foundation

The Plymale Foundation Fund offers a separate grant cycle with grant application deadlines of April 1 and November 1.  These grants are currently accepted in paper format only.  Please see the guidelines below for more information.

documentdownload Plymale Foundation Fund guidelines


Things to Remember

Deadlines are:
March 15
& September 15



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It's Our Mission

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

Get In Touch

  •   The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation
      1100 Commerce Street
    Lynchburg, VA 24504
  •   434.845.6500
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