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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for Health,
Human Services, Art, Culture, and Economic Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Freedom First Credit Union

Deadline Date:

09/27/19 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Virginia nonprofits to support programs that benefit residents, especially low-income working families, in the Roanoke and New River Valleys. Proposals may fall in the areas of health and human services, community and household economy, and arts and culture. The Fund supports the efforts of community action agencies to break down barriers, enable people to fully participate as local citizens, and help families achieve economic success and a better quality of life.

Geographic eligibility includes Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, Montgomery, and Roanoke Counties, and the cities of Radford, Roanoke, and Salem.

Proposals should be related to the following focus areas:

  • Community and Household Economy: Activities, programs, and initiatives designed to improve the economic well-being of the local community and its citizens. Examples include poverty reduction, affordable housing, and financial education.
  • Health and Human Services: Activities, programs, and initiatives that contribute to an individual’s functioning in the local community, addresses or prevents the onset of social, psychological, or physical problems or disabilities; or extends an individual’s ability to be independent or productive in the local community.
  • Arts and Culture: Activities, programs, and initiatives that increase access to and promotion of the arts and the development and enhancement of cultural identities in the local community. Examples include arts programs, cultural diversity initiatives, and cultural events.

Projects must encourage innovation through new approaches, new models, and new ways of making change for individuals in Freedom First's service area. Projects must also promote collaboration and partnerships through mobilizing and facilitating individuals, groups, and communities to work together toward sustainable economies.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147603

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is a maximum of $5,000 per grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible an organization must be a legally organized, tax-exempt entity:
1. Providing for basic human needs;
2. Preserving health and promoting wellness;
3. Strengthening local communities;
4. Advancing education; or
5. Preserving or restoring the environment.

Applications with any of the following characteristics will not be considered:
- Political parties or affiliated activities.
- Grants to individuals.
- Religious or faith-based organizations—unless offering social service or community programs in any of the areas listed above, and providing such programs or services to eligible participants without regard to their faith or willingness to participate in religious activities.
- Organizations that advocate, support, or practice discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background. Nominee organizations must be willing and able to attest that they do not discriminate on any of these grounds in order to verify eligibility.

Pre-Application Information:

Requests must be received by 4:00pm on September 27, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit via any one of these 3 methods:

Mail: Freedom First Credit Union
Attn: Community Grants Program
P.O. Box 1999, Salem, VA 24153

Fax: (540) 427-6783


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, Montgomery, and Roanoke Counties, and the cities of Radford, Roanoke, and Salem

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