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Eco-Living Fund Grant

Grants to Central Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies
to Promote Sustainable Living and the Environment

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Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) - Eco-Living Fund

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Virginia nonprofits and agencies in Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange to support environmental change. Funding is intended to encourage people to adopt sustainable daily life habits.

The Eco-Living Fund supports efforts to steer the daily life habits of people away from environmentally unsustainable practices, and toward zero-footprint or net-positive impact on the natural world. Funded projects:
1) are designed not simply to improve the environmental-friendliness or sustainability of a particular building or facility, but rather to permanently change many, many buildings' performance and/or people's daily life habits to be better for the planet; and
2) have specific, concrete actions which have quantifiable results of people living and/or buildings performing more sustainably; and
3) are designed, tracked, documented, and reported in ways that they can be showcased to serve as positive change models for other organizations and communities; and
4) (bonus, particularly encouraged though not required) result in people, businesses or institutions saving money.

Successful proposals will include all of the first three (3) of the above characteristics, not just one or two of them.

Among the pool of applications received, winners will be those that have the greatest bang-for-the-buck: the greatest number of people permanently changing their daily life habits, and/or the greatest number of buildings getting their consumption of resources reduced, per grant dollar. Preference will be given to those projects that have quantifiable results, that is, results that can be numerically verified and measured.

Examples of relevant projects include leveraging funds from this grant in ways that result in water or energy systems of numerous houses or buildings being replaced with efficient ones; or that result in people exercising (walk, bike) instead of driving; and/or awareness or education on public policies which would achieve the goals of this fund. These are examples only and do not represent the full scope of grant applications that will be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170340

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests up to $3,000 will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or government agencies. Grants are limited to projects in the CACF service area, which includes Charlottesville and counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Submission of Optional Letter of Inquiry—Friday, March 29, 2019
Deadline for Submission of Full Proposal—Friday, June 28, 2019

Applicants are encouraged to submit an optional initial 1-page Letter of Inquiry no later than March 29, 2019, if an applicant has questions as to whether a project in mind could meet the goals of this fund. The donor will provide feedback and suggestions regarding information to include in the full proposal that may increase the possibility of the proposal being funded. This feedback will be provided no later than April 26, 2019.

The deadline to submit a full proposal for the Eco-Living Fund is Friday, June 28, 2019. Proposals should be e-mailed as a PDF file to the Foundation.

Contact Information:

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

Email proposals to:
Katie Kling

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation
P.O. Box 1767
114 4th St.
SE. Charlottesville, VA 22902

Fax: (434) 296-2503

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Charlottesville and counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange