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

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Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation (ESVCF)

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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, such as buildings, renovations, and equipment needs that meet the Foundation’s grantmaking goals and provide a long-term community benefit.

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 and 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

The Foundation considers numerous criteria in reviewing grant proposals. For example, does the organization:
- Benefit a meaningful number of people through the project in relation to its cost?
- Assist those whose needs are not met by existing services?
- Obtain matching gifts or additional funding from other sources to implement and sustain the project?
- Promote collaboration among agencies?
- Strive to strengthen or improve agency self-sufficiency or efficiency?
- Evaluate the outcomes of its programs?

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171289

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 or 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.

Pre-Application Information:

For April review, steps 1 and 2 must be completed and submitted by March 1. For October review, Steps 1 and 2 must be completed and submitted by September 1.

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. The contact person listed on the Concept Proposal sheet will be notified regarding whether the proposal has been selected for further consideration. Applicants should NOT complete or submit Step 2 until notified the Concept Proposal has been approved and selected for further consideration.

The concept proposal must be submitted by email using the link below. No mail request will be accepted.

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.

All above information must be submitted by email using the form below. Mailed information is not accepted.

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.

Contact Information:

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

To submit a concept proposal form:

For questions, contact:
Julie M. Badger
(757) 789-0910

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Eastern Shore