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General Grants Program

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools
in Eligible Regions to Benefit Local Communities

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The Cameron Foundation

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06/24/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations, schools, and local government agencies in eligible regions to address community needs and benefit local residents. A Letter of Intent must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for programs that benefit the Tri-Cities region, within the focus areas of health care, human services, community and economic development, education, historic preservation and conservation, and arts and culture. The General Grants program supports project or program grants, general operating grants, and capital grants.

Eligible programs will benefit those living in the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell; the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Sussex; and, the portion of Chesterfield County lying south of Route 10.

For information about the Foundation's six specific program areas, see:

The Cameron Foundation strives to assure that its limited resources are allocated to their highest valued uses. Therefore, in approaching the Foundation with requests, prospective applicants should be aware of these considerations:

  • The Foundation supports organizations and activities that employ creative responses to problems that address root causes rather than symptoms and which build upon community strengths.
  • The Foundation pays particular attention to efforts that expand access to opportunities for people from low-income and otherwise disadvantaged communities and that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in the targeting and delivery of services.
  • The Foundation endeavors to foster communication, cooperation, and coordination among service providers and, therefore, will seek to encourage and reward collaborations and partnerships among its grantees.
  • The Foundation seeks to build programs and services that are sustainable and that encourage strong and engaged board, staff, and/or volunteer leadership.
  • The Foundation supports demonstrated, effective approaches to problem-solving over untested trials.

For information about the types of support offered by the Cameron Foundation, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169301

Estimated Size of Grant:

For General Operating Grants, The Cameron Foundation limits the proportion of an organization’s annual budget that it will provide to the following amounts:

- For an annual budget less than $100,000, the Foundation will not make operating support grants exceeding 50% of that budget
- For a budget between $100,000 and $500,000, operating support grants will not exceed 35% of that budget
- For a budget greater than $500,000 but less than $1 million, operating support grants will not exceed 20% of that budget
- For an organization whose annual budget is greater than $1 million, the Foundation generally will not make general operating support grants.

Exceptions to this provision will only be extended at the Foundation’s discretion and invitation.

Term of Contract:

As a general rule, grants will be made on a year-to-year basis, with each grant requiring an application and a formal review. However, applicants may seek annual renewal of support for a previously funded project or purpose. Beginning in 2020, the Foundation will consider renewal requests on a step-down basis (minimum of 10% annual step-down from previous grant award) for applicants who have received six (6) or more grants for the same project or purpose. Grantees involved in the Foundation’s proactive work remain eligible to apply for responsive grants.

Regardless of the duration of a grant, no grant funds may be used for expenses incurred prior to the date of grant approval by the Board.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation makes grants to both new and established organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Grantmaking focus is on nonprofit organizations holding 501(c)(3) designation by the IRS. Recognizing that area governmental agencies may provide a variety of services in tandem with nonprofit organizations, the Foundation views these agencies as vital partners to the nonprofit sector and is open to supporting a limited set of activities of public entities.

To be eligible for Cameron funding:
- At least 51% of those served by your organization or proposed work must reside within the Foundation’s service region. This area includes the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell; the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Sussex; and the portion of Chesterfield County lying south of Route 10.
- Your organization must be governed by an all-volunteer board of directors that consists of at least five unrelated persons. No paid staff member can participate as a voting member of the governing board. When this is the case, the organization is generally ineligible for funding from The Cameron Foundation.
- Your organization’s board includes at least one member who lives and/or works in the Foundation’s service area, or your organization’s governing body includes a local advisory council.

Only one grant will be approved per organization per year, and only one proposal can be submitted per organization per grant cycle.

The Foundation will not make grants to or for:
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or disability
- Private foundations
- Supporting organizations
- Endowments
- For-profit organizations
- Individuals
- Expenses incurred prior to grant approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors
- Medical research or national health agency appeals
- Academic or scientific research projects
- Religious organizations seeking support for programs to which access is restricted by religious affiliation or programs that promote a particular creed
- Organizations or groups whose primary purpose is to carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation or political campaigns
- Other grant agencies or foundations for ultimate re-granting to organizations or programs selected by such agencies or foundations
- Purchase of tickets to fundraising events
- Solely for publishing, producing, or distributing audio, visual, or printed material
- Solely for attendance at conferences, seminars, or meetings
- Reserve funds or debt elimination
- Organizations requesting funds through a fiscal sponsor

Grant requests from different divisions of an organization, institution, and/or government entity will be treated as having been submitted by a single entity.

Local governmental entities are eligible for capital, program-specific and special project purposes, excluding overhead and other administrative or operational costs. In general, state and federal governmental entities are ineligible for funding from The Cameron Foundation.

Proposals for individual schools must be approved by and submitted through the central administration or local school district. Additionally, the central administration of a school district may apply for division-wide projects that affect multiple schools and other subunits.

The Foundation generally will not make grants to governmental entities for:
- Activities that were historically funded by that entity through local funds in previous years and for which funding was cut at the discretion of the locality;
- Activities that are customarily part of the functions of governmental entities in other jurisdictions of comparable size and scope;
- Activities that are currently performed by a viable non-governmental entity;
- Activities that are mandated as local obligations by state and/or federal authorities, except where state/federal authorities stipulate private matching funds for support of a particular effort; and,
- Activities eligible for funding through the issuance of municipal bonds by state and/or local authorities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Cameron Foundation hosts information workshops for organizations to learn about the Foundation, its mission and grant submission procedures. Onsite workshops typically are offered at headquarters at 228 S. Sycamore St. in Petersburg and are led by the Foundation’s program officers. Due to the pandemic, the sessions will be delivered virtually via Zoom until further notice.

Organizations are encouraged to have a representative attend a workshop to find out more about the Foundation’s priorities and the application process. The sessions are free to attend. To reserve a space at a workshop, you may email or call. Please provide the following information when you make your reservation: organization, your name and position in the organization, phone number, date of workshop you would like to attend (when dates are published) and email.

The session dates that are currently scheduled are as follows:
-Thursday, March 25, 10:00-11:30 a.m. — Due to the pandemic, this session will be offered virtually via Zoom
Please note: The deadline to register for this session is 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 24. Please sign up early to ensure your seat in this session.
-Thursday, November 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m. — Location TBD

More sessions will be scheduled as needed, so please sign up to receive notification of new information workshop dates as they are added.

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Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent (LOI) deadlines are January 6, 2021, and May 3, 2021. The LOI, including all required information and attachments, must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on the published deadline for a given grant cycle.

After reviewing an organization’s Letter of Intent, The Cameron Foundation will inform the applicant if it is invited to submit a proposal. The deadlines for submission of proposals are February 26, 2021, and June 24, 2021. The proposal, including all required information and attachments, must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on the published deadline for a given grant cycle.

If approved, proposals submitted in February are awarded in June. Proposals submitted in June are awarded in October.

Note: Applicants are not to contact members of the Grant Committee or the Board of Directors about the grant proposal during the application process. However, program officers are available to discuss the proposal with applicants throughout the review process.

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Contact Information:

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

Register for the online application portal:

Michelle L. Hornby, Grants Manager

To reserve a space at a workshop, email or call 804 732 8900.

The Cameron Foundation
228 S. Sycamore Street
Petersburg, VA 23803

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