Applying for Competitive Grants

Grants are made to tax-exempt organizations and institutions that have received a 501(c)(3) classification from the Internal Revenue Service.

Consideration will be given to proposals that contribute to the betterment of our communities. Proposals with the potential to achieve significant results with a moderate amount of grant money are most favored by the Distribution Committee and the Board of Directors.  Needs served are broad in scope and include human services, education, health, the arts and the humanities.

What Are The Deadlines?

Organizations need to submit 10 copies of your grant applications to be received in The Community Trust office by 4:30 p.m. on March 15 or September 15 for consideration by the Committee. Those postmarked before the deadline but received after the deadline will not be accepted. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the applications are due on the next business day.

Applying organizations will be eligible for one grant within The Community Trust’s fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

Grants awarded from the September 15 deadline will be announced in December.  Grants awarded from the March 15 deadline will be announced in June.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.

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Priority is given to projects which:

  • Provide innovative responses to community needs;
  • Are likely to make a difference in the quality of life of a number of people;
  • Address prevention as well as treatment;
  • Develop self-reliance, character, leadership and self-esteem;
  • Promote volunteer involvement in and commitment to community needs;
  • Help nonprofits manage themselves and their finances more effectively;
  • Reduce duplication of services and encourage cooperation; and
  • Help the disadvantaged.

Generally grants will not be made for:

  • Routine operating expenses;
  • Individuals;
  • Services primarily supported by tax dollars;
  • Religious organizations for sectarian or religious purposes; and
  • Reducing previously incurred deficits.

If you have any questions, please contact The Community Trust staff at 434.845.6500.

If you are a non-profit agency that serves the needs of youth in the Greater Lynchburg area, please see the Youth Philanthropy Grant section to learn more about an additional competitive grant offered by The Community Trust. The application for this grant is due by November 15.

Things to Remember

Deadlines are:
March 15
& September 15

 

Questions? 

Contact Cheryl Hall
434-845-6500

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Remember to send all forms

It's Our Mission

The principal mission of The Community Trust is to enhance the quality of life in the communities served by the establishment of permanent endowments for the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell, with income distributed annually to charitable organizations within the community.

Get In Touch

  •   The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust
      101 Paulette Circle, Suite B
    Lynchburg, VA 24502
  •   434.845.6500
  •   434.845.6530 fax