Grant Opportunities

The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley currently helps to administer the following Grant Programs.

Chain of Checks
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Chain of Checks is a unique opportunity for community organizations to receive funds through the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.  This is not your ordinary grant program, but an opportunity to be part of a year-long, community fundraising effort that culminates in a two-day radiothon at WINC 92.5 FM.  Learn more about the Chain of  Checks.

Grant applicants not only receive funds from the Chain of Checks campaign, but have the opportunity to tell their story to the community of WINC listeners.  This opportunity to reach such a wide audience is priceless.  Selected recipients are active participants in fundraising efforts, helping to spread the word about the various campaign activities, providing volunteers for the radiothon, and providing information, stories and interviews to share their story with listeners.

Applicants should carefully consider the scope of this campaign as they prepare their Chain of Checks application.  Chain of Checks is not looking simply for a deserving nonprofit, as there are so many deserving nonprofits in our community.  The committee is identifying nonprofits around which they can create a radio-based, fundraising campaign.  Your application should inspire them!

Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit the WINC listening area are eligible to apply. Since the majority of Chain of Checks donors are in the Winchester/Frederick County area, applicants from outside this area may want to include information about how they can help expand the Chain of Checks donor base in their listening area.

The Chain of Checks Application is now available.  The application deadline is midnight Friday, April 21, 2017.

Cochran Family Youth Fund

The purpose of the grant is to improve the quality of life for children and the communities in which they live by providing financial assistance for educational, athletic, academic, social, civic and community-based activities that involve or support children.

About the Donors
This fund was established by the generosity of Douglas E. Cochran in honor of:

  • His father, John C. Cochran, Sr., co-owner of the B and C Bakery Company,
  • His mother, Clarise Cochran,
  • His brother John C. Cochran, Jr.,  Navy Fighter pilot in World War II, and
  • His brother, Donald M. Cochran, retired controller of Farmer’s and Merchant’s Bank.

The elder Cochrans and their three sons, John Jr., Donald, and Doug lived across the street from Handley High School in the mid-1900s and were active in a number of youth groups as well as church and civic organizations in our community.

Application Deadline and Review
The Cochran Grant application is now available.  The application deadline is midnight Thursday, June 15, 2017.  Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley representatives may contact applicants for a phone or face-to-face interview and site visit.

Charities Eligible to Apply
Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit citizens in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties are eligible to apply. No grants to individuals will be made.

Grant-Making Priorities
Priority will be given to well-established nonprofit groups or organizations with a history of success in youth welfare. Funding for specific projects or programs is encouraged.

Previous Recipients
In 2016 four organizations received a total of $11,500 in grants from this fund.

Organization Summary Awarded
Big Brother Big Sisters of Northwest Virginia Enrichment activities for the site-based mentoring program, BigTIME including supplies and instruction for activities such as robotics, dance, and martial arts for 50 at-risk youth. $4,000
ChildSafe Center Purchase furniture and therapeutic toys for two new play therapy rooms.  Increase number of children receiving free therapy services. $2,000
Humane Society of Warren County “Paws to Read” will help children improve their reading skills while also helping shelter animals by providing socialization and human connection. $1,500
Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury Foundation New Art program at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury for children at the Henry and Evans Home for Children and the Fremont Street Nursery. $4,000
TOTAL $11,500
Paul and Martha Rees Fund

The Paul and Martha Rees Fund is an unrestricted fund which allows the board of directors of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley to respond to the most compelling needs and opportunities in our community. The board will consider grants to charitable organizations providing the following or similar services in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties.

• Improve the quality of life for the community in which they live;
• Generally fall within the following categories: education, fine arts, social services, community development, recreation, natural resources, and health and wellness.

About the Donors
The Paul and Martha Reese Fund was established in 2014 by BB&T in the memory of Paul and Martha Rees to offer grants to charitable and nonprofit organizations for the benefit of the people of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Application Deadline and Reviews
The Paul and Martha Rees Fund Grant application is now available.  The application deadline is midnight Thursday, June 15, 2017.  Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley representatives may contact applicants for a phone or face-to-face interview and site visit.

Grant Size, Payment, Final Reporting

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $2,500. Grants will be awarded in September. A final report, including a summary of your grant expenses, must be provided to the Community Foundation by May 31st of the following year in order to be eligible to receive future grants.

Charities Eligible to Apply

Nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit citizens in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties are eligible to apply. No grants to individuals will be made.

Grant-Making Priorities
The Community Foundation encourages proposals that:
• Represent an unduplicated opportunity and meet a significant community need
• Propose a specific program rather than general operating support for the organization (Grant monies are not allowed to be used for administration work/fees)
• Encourage a more efficient use of community resources
• Promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations
• Propose to generate matching funds, thus leveraging additional support


Previous Recipients

In 2016 eleven organizations received a total of $15,000 in grants from this fund.

Organization Summary Awarded
Big Brother Big Sister if Northwest Virginia to provide enhanced mentoring services to at-risk youth. $1,000
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank  to purchase and distribute nutritious food to 368 food-insecure families participating in the Family Backpack Program at Garland R. Quarles Elementary and VA Ave. Charlotte Dehart Elementary Schools in Winchester during the 2016-2017 school year. $1,500
Faith in Action of the Northern Shenandoah Valley to facilitate the provision of free transportation to non-emergency medical appointments and to life sustaining medical treatments to residents of the Northern Shenandoah Valley who otherwise cannot secure such transportation. $1,000
Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment to acquire and provide mobility related rehabilitation equipment to maximize functional independence and improve quality of life.  Specifically, funds will be used to support the increase of recycling rehabilitation devices meeting the specific needs of each adults’ unique specifications due to their disability needs, height, weight, and individual measurements. $1,500
The Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley, Inc. to cover costs associated with increasing access to risk factor screening through the Project F.I.R.S.T. program. The grant monies will be used to cover the cost of screening clients, including the cost of staff, consumable screening materials, and health education materials. $1,500
Habitat for Humanity to help fund home construction program services in Norris Village- a section of Winchester’s historic North End. $1,500
Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area to purchase computers to assist with literacy services $1,000
Nonprofit Governance Symposium to help fund the first Nonprofit Governance Symposium at Shenandoah University on October 11, 2016 $2,000
Shenandoah Area Council, Boy Scouts of America to initiate a new Exploring Explosion career-specific program into the area middle schools as an after school program. $1,500
Shenandoah Valley Scholars’ Latino Initiative help fund computers for three scholars graduating this year $1,000
Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter For first-aid supplies and CPR training. $1,500
TOTAL $15,000