The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley announces that the process for submitting 2020 Cochran Youth Family Fund and Paul & Martha Rees Fund grant applications has been postponed due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. The CFNSV Board will re-evaluate the timeline and procedure for all 2020 grants at their May, 2020 meeting.

The purpose of the Cochran Youth Family Fund 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. 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. Priority is given to well-established nonprofit groups or organizations with a history of success in youth welfare. Funding for specific projects or programs is encouraged.

The Paul & Martha Rees Fund grants are available to nonprofit organizations with dedicated programs that benefit citizens in the City of Winchester as well as Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties. No grants to individuals will be made. Grants are awarded to charitable organizations providing the following or similar services in the City of Winchester and Frederick, Clarke and Warren Counties: improve the quality of life for the community in which they live; and generally fall within the following categories: education, fine arts, social services, community development, recreation, natural resources, and health and wellness.

If you have not set up access to the CFNSV Grant Portal, please take some time to do so. The website is found here: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cfnsv

UPDATE FOR CHAIN OF CHECKS TAB on Grant Programs

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 92.5 WINC FM. Learn more about 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!

Eligibility  

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 should include information about how they can help expand the Chain of Checks donor base in their listening area.

Award  

There is not an established grant value for Chain of Checks. The award is based on the dollar value raised during the campaign. The 2019 Chain of Checks campaign raised $157,223, which was awarded to the Henry and William Evans Home For Children and the Winchester Rescue Mission.

Application & Timeline

The 2020 Campaign application period opens on May 1, 2020. The application deadline is now May 31, 2020. All applications must be received by 5:00 pm on that date. You can access the Chain of Checks application through our grant portal. If you have not set up access to the CFNSV Grant Portal, please take some time to do so. The website is found here: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cfnsv

Feel free to contact the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (CFNSV) if you have any problems accessing your account.

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