Discretionary Grant

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits for Health, Education,
Arts, and Environment Programs on the Eastern Shore

GrantWatch ID#: 171289
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations on the Eastern shore for education, the arts, human services, civic engagement, health, and the environment. Applicants must submit a concept proposal. Highest priority will be given to requests in Accomack and Northampton counties and for specific capital projects.

The Foundation's focus areas are:

- Family, Child, and Social Welfare – to improve the quality of life for families and communities, particularly in the areas of basic human needs
- Public and Civic Life – to preserve and increase access to unique community assets
- Arts & Culture – to promote broad-based participation in arts and cultural activities
- Education – to improve students’ readiness to learn and ability to succeed in school and life
- Health – to support healthcare services and wellness education through community-based organizations
- Environment – to support environmental preservation and education

From time to time, the Foundation may participate in special initiatives that focus on a priority community need. These initiatives may involve one-time collaborative funding or a special program that continues for a prescribed time period.

A maximum of $50,000 for each grant may be requested.

The Foundation concentrates its resources geographically to provide the most benefit to residents of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The highest priority will be given to requests for grants from nonprofit organizations that benefit the counties of Accomack and Northampton.

Unrestricted funds are generally not available for:

- Organizations not tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Individuals
- Fundraising events (such as tickets, raffles, auctions or tournaments), annual fundraising appeals, or agency celebrations
- Ongoing operating support
- Political, fraternal or religious activities
- Endowments
- Existing obligations, debts/liabilities or costs that the agency has already incurred
- Scholarly research
- Scholarships, camper fees, fellowships or travel
- National or international organizations, unless the grant is restricted to benefit Accomack and/or Northampton counties
- Hospitals and similar health-care facilities, excepting Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital and Eastern Shore -Rural Health
- Projects normally the responsibility of government
- Organizations that have been awarded discretionary funding from the Foundation within the preceding three years
- Private primary or secondary schools or academies other than those whose primary purpose is for special needs, unless there is a significant opportunity for community use of, or collaboration with, the facility or project
- Capital campaign requests exceeding 5 percent of campaigns valued at $1 million or more

Any organizations that have received a discretionary grant from the Foundation in the past five years will be precluded until five years have passed from applying for another discretionary grant.

Step One
Organizations seeking a general discretionary grant from the Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation must first submit a concept proposal. Concept proposals may be submitted at any time.

Foundation staff and/or the Grant Review Committee will review Step 1 material to determine whether the project meets current grant making priorities and guidelines.

Step Two
If the proposal has been selected for further consideration, and a staff member has contacted the organization to proceed, more information will be required from the applicant. Applicants should not complete or submit Step 2 until notified the Concept Proposal has been approved and selected for further consideration.

Grant requests are reviewed twice a year, in April and October. All applications, including both Steps 1 and 2, for April review must be totally completed and submitted by March 1. All applications for October review also must have completed Steps 1 and 2 and submitted by September 1.

Step Three
The Foundation Grant Review Committee will conduct site visits, if appropriate, and perform its investigation of the application. The committee recommendation will be submitted to the Board of Directors for final consideration. Applicants will be notified immediately of action taken by the Board of Directors.

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

Julie M. Badger
(757) 789-0910

Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation
P. O. Box 205
Onley, Virginia 23418

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