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Grants to North Carolina and Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies for Community Improvement Programs


Geographic Focus

USA: North Carolina: Caswell CountyVirginia: Danville and Pittsylvania County

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Make More Happen (MMH) Grant

Danville Regional Foundation (DRF)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #163488

Grant Description

Grants of up to $25,000 to North Carolina and Virginia nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, and religious institutions for projects to benefit local communities in eligible locations. Areas of focus include education, workforce development, health, community capacity, and economic development. Funding is intended to benefit the Dan River Region, which includes Danville and Pittsylvania County in Virginia and Caswell County, North Carolina.

Make More Happen! (MMH!) will support projects that help people build their collaborative muscle and practice working together across differences, building toward our collective DRF and regional vision. DRF will fund smaller projects that take advantage of, and accelerate, the positive momentum throughout the region. Funded projects will focus on connecting, convening, and producing shared learning opportunities.

The following objectives will guide this initiative:

  • Demonstrate a strong focus on community-driven, collaborative problem-solving solutions and approaches spearheaded by local residents and stakeholders addressing neighborhood and community challenges in shared ways.
  • Develop innovative community breakthroughs addressing local needs and/or opportunities that have the potential for more effective and sustainable impact for the regions’ residents.
  • Create opportunities for local stakeholders to convene diverse individuals and groups around shared passions that lead to impact within the region.
  • Demonstrate the possible through concrete actions by dedicated leaders partnering with other organizations to make a difference in neighborhoods and communities in the DRF service region

Funds are to be used for charitable purposes and must benefit communities or neighborhoods, including the applicant’s constituents and other stakeholders.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The application process is open to anyone or any organization within the DRF service area of Danville, Pittsylvania County or Caswell County, NC

MMH! grant applicants must meet the following conditions:
• Grant recipients must be a recognized nonprofit (501c3), religious institution or local governmental entity.
• The recipient can be a “fiscal agent” for others, as long as the purpose is charitable. A fiscal agent is typically a partner who is willing to contribute in-kind capacity to support the project. Administrative fees will not be funded.
• A passionate project leader is crucial for this request. However, all projects must be the product of collaboration between three or more project partners. Partners may include local nonprofits, public institutions, civic groups, neighborhoods, or multiple residents.

MMH! grant types not supported are:
• General core programs or operations because of budget shortfalls and cuts.
• Requests that directly benefit client/constituent services or the organization and exclude the general public from participation or benefit.
• Grants to individuals, dinners, fundraising, faith-based institutions for religious purposes, political activity/purposes.
• Grants supporting for-profit efforts.
• Grants that supplant or substitute for existing funding.
• Broad, unfocused requests.
• Requests that cannot be completed in 90 days or require more than $25,000.00 from DRF without matching funds.

Additional Geographic Information:

DRF Service Area:

Pre-proposal Conference:

July 26
Community Engagement & Collaboration
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

August 23
Grant Writing and Compliance - How to Write Effective Grants
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Pre-Application Information:

An application period has been set this summer from July 1 – August 31 with final grant decisions being made by Friday, September 16.

The application process will be simple and quick. Submit up to a three-page proposal that answers the questions outlined in the Make More Happen Checklist explaining the idea/project with the amount requested and any matching cash and/or in-kind.

Lead organizations can apply for one MMH! grant per year; however, a lead can serve as a fiscal agent for another project that is distinct and can participate in multiple projects as a collaborative member.

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000. There is no minimum request amount.

Term of Contract:

Funds provided by DRF will need to be used in 90 days or less.

Contact Information:

Grant request can be made by email, mail, or hand delivery.

For questions, contact Willie Jones at

Danville Regional Foundation
512 Bridge Street,Suite 100
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 799-2176

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