The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley has returned more than $1.6 million to the community in grants and scholarships.

The majority of grants are not competitive. Donors designate the recipient at the time they create the fund, or else fund advisers recommend grant recipients from donor advised funds. However, CFNSV currently helps to administer a competitive grants program each year from these funds: Boxley-Fox Endowment Fund, Chain of Checks, Cochran Family Youth Fund, Community Future Fund, and Paul and Martha Rees Fund.

 Learn more about these grant opportunities.

We notify all account holders in our Grant Portal when new grant opportunities arise.  Eligible nonprofits should ensure they have an account in our Grant Portal to ensure they are notified of future grant opportunities.  Click on the Grant Portal Tab above for more information about the portal and links to instructions and tutorials.

All grants and distributions must be made to qualified nonprofit organizations.  Review the quiz on the Grant Eligibility Tab above to ensure your organization is eligible.  You should also review the criteria for each grant program prior to applying to ensure your organization meets the grant criteria for that grant.

The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is utilizing Foundant’s Grant Lifecycle Manager to manage its grant programs. Organizations that have registered an account in the Grant Portal will be notified when new grant applications become available. Applicants will use this tool to apply for competitive grants and to submit follow-up reports.


Create an account or log into the Grant Portal


Should you have questions about using the system for the registration and application processes, you can use the following tools or contact us:



Please take the following quiz to determine whether or not you or your organization is eligible to apply for grants from the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

  1. Is your organization a nonprofit with the tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation.
    • Yes
    • No (if no, you are not eligible)


  2. Does your organization serve the City of Winchester, or the Counties of Frederick, Warren or Clarke?
    • Yes
    • No (if no, you are not eligible for CFNSV grants, however, you may be eligible for Chain of Checks)


  3. Would requested funds be used for sectarian purposes, i.e., programs that require a particular religious doctrine?
    • No
    • Yes (if yes, you are not eligible)


  4. Would requested grant funds be used to fund or support political organizations or campaigns?
    • No
    • Yes (if yes, you are not eligible)


  5. Will you be discriminating based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability?
    • No
    • Yes (if yes, you are not eligible)


Scholarship funds are established by a donor to provide scholarships for both traditional and non-traditional educational opportunities.

Currently, all of our scholarship funds support scholarships that are administered and awarded through other nonprofit organizations or educational institutions.  

We do not currently accept scholarship applications at the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

Learn more about CFNSV scholarship funds.

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