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The Philanthropy Project Information

YLC MembersWho Are We?
The Philanthropy Project was started in 2006 by Foundation for Roanoke Valley to introduce students to the world of philanthropy.  The Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) is comprised of local high school students who are responsible for determining what it believes are important community needs, addressing those needs through a competitive grants process, reviewing grant applications, and making funding recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Governors using a $15,000 budget. 

Grant Information

What are the YLC's 2014 Funding Priorities?
Each year the YLC determines funding priorities through group discussion and research.  The YLC will consider projects from non-profit organizations (not individuals) that focus on one or more of these five target areas:

  1. Working to end homelessness
    Programs that work proactively to prevent individuals or families from becoming homeless, such as helping individuals and families build financial self-sufficiency, assisting individuals with literacy skills, and assisting individuals in preparing for, or finding, gainful employment.
  2. Providing access to health care for families with children
    Programs that provide access to essential health services (across the full scope of health care) to underprivileged or underserved families with children.
  3. Combating substance abuse
    Programs that seek to prevent or treat substance abuse among youth and young adults. Preference will be given to programs that seek to address prescription drug abuse.
  4. Strengthening arts and cultural organizations
  5. Promoting early childhood development
    Programs that work to promote positive early childhood development, such as promoting school readiness in preschool-aged children, helping parents recognize and understand a child's developmental needs and promote school readiness, and providing services for children dealing with physical, mental and emotional abuse.

Eligibility Requirements
The YLC accepts applications from qualified, tax-exempt agencies serving the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke.  Only one application may be submitted for each organization. 

Grant Size

Only ONE grant in the amount of $15,000 will be awarded this year.  All requests must be $15,000.

2014 YLC Grant Cycle


  • YLC meets to determine funding priorities for The Philanthropy Project grant cycle. 
  • The Philanthropy Project Phase I application is available.

January 8

The Philanthropy Project Phase I Application DEADLINE.  Applications must be submitted online NO LATER than 4:00 pm.  Please allow sufficient time to complete and submit your application prior to this deadline.  No exceptions!


  • Organizations will be notified if its Phase I application has been accepted or denied.
  • Organizations who have been accepted will be asked to complete a Phase II application.

February 14

The Philanthropy Project Phase II Application DEADLINE.  Applications must be submitted online NO LATER than 4:00 p.m.  Please allow sufficient time to complete and submit your application prior to this deadline. No exceptions!

March - April

YLC will review all Phase II applications and determine top 3 finalists.  NEW REQUIREMENT FOR ALL PHASE II APPLICANTS: Weekend interviews and/or site visits will be required. 

May 4

Hold Finalist Interviews and determine grant award.  (REQUIRED)


  • Final recommendation taken to the Foundation's Board of Directors for final approval.
  • Approved agency is notified and grant check is mailed.


Grant recipient may be recognized by Youth Leadership Committee at Foundation for Roanoke Valley's Annual Celebration.


How to Apply?

Foundation for Roanoke Valley uses an ONLINE grant application process.  No paper applications will be accepted. 

                                                                 ONLINE GRANT APPLICATION 


If you have questions about the online grant application please refer to the APPLICANT TUTORIAL before contacting Foundation staff. For all other questions please contact Carly Oliver at 540.985.0204