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 will be available in early 2018.

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 will be available in Spring 2018.  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 2017 seven organizations received a total of $15,000 in grants from this fund.

Organization Name Name of Project or Program Grant
Bluemont Concert Series Artists-In-Education Program in Frederick County and Winchester $1,500
ChildSafe Center-CAC Purchase a complete set of anatomical dolls to use in child abuse assessments and therapy for child abuse victims $1,500
Fremont Street Nursery Purchase of items needed items for the nursery, including 5 rugs, 4 children’s computer chairs, a cubby station for the 2-year-old class, a rocking chair and 3 Rubbermaid highchairs for the infant room. $2,000
Girls on the Run of the Shenandoah Valley Scholarship assistance for girls to participate in GOTR at The Kids Club of Northern Shenandoah Valley $3,000
Shenandoah Area Council, Boy Scouts of America STEM $2,000
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Educational outreach to impoverished youth and families. $3,000
Shenandoah Valley Scholars’ Latino Initiative Purchase computers for 2 students who complete program at John Handley High School $2,000
  TOTAL $15,000
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 application will be available in Spring 2018.  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 $3,000. 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 2017 thirteen organizations received a total of $25,000 in grants from this fund.

Organization Name Name of Project or Program Grant
AbbaCare, Inc. WorthWaiting4 Summer Camps Presentations $1,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Virginia Bigs In Blue $3,000
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank Family Backpack Program $3,000
Concern Hotline, Inc. Purchase computers and software to support crisis hotline $1,500
Faith In Action NSV Purchase gas cards for volunteers $2,000
House of Hope Upgrade of basic services at the House of Hope $2,500
Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area Purchase educational materials for Adult Basic Education students $2,000
Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. Emergency Personnel Deaf Awareness and Crisis Prevention Program $1,000
Lutheran Family Services of VA, Inc. Academic Year 2017-18 – TDT (Therapeutic Day Treatment) Behavioral Incentives Project $1,500
Our Health, Inc. Child Care Quality Consortium $2,500
Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter Stabilize housing in Warren County for homeless prevent program participants $1,000
Shenandoah University Nonprofit Governance Symposium $2,000
St. Luke Community Clinic Dental and Dental Hygiene Clinic $2,000
  TOTAL $25,000