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Information for Grant Seekers

This information details the Foundation's grants program. Please be aware that the Foundation receives many more worthy requests than it can support.

Who Makes the Grant Decisions?
Foundation staff review proposals and conduct preliminary research, including site visits if necessary. The Foundation's Community Programming Committee then considers requests and submits recommendations to the full Board of Governors for final approval.

Who is Eligible to Receive a Grant from the Foundation?
The Foundation supports qualified nonprofit organizations primarily in the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Roanoke, Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig and Franklin. Consideration may be given to organizations through our geographic affiliates in other areas or when specified by the donor.

What Projects and Programs Appeal to the Foundation?
The Foundation looks for projects and programs where a moderate amount of grant money can produce a significant result. We look for innovative but practical approaches to solving community problems. Grantees should show a well-planned approach to important public issues; a base of other support (financial, participatory and voluntary); efficient use of community resources; involvement of underserved constituencies; and coordination, cooperation and sharing among nonprofit organizations and elimination of project duplication.

What Does the Foundation Typically Not Support?
Foundation grants are usually awarded for the accomplishment of a definite purpose within a specified time period - normally not more than one year. The Foundation's discretionary funds typically do not support deficit reduction, capital campaigns or endowments, fundraising events, sectarian, fraternal or religious programs, or individuals.

What is the Application Process?
Please see the following:

Does the Foundation Require Reports on Grants?
The grant letter will indicate if a final report is required. If required, grantees may not re-apply to the same fund without having a completed report for the previous grant on file.