The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley provides a variety of ways for you to give to the charitable causes most important to you.
The majority of grants are made directly from donor-advised funds without an application process. Donors select grant recipients each year, and grants are usually distributed in March or April. Additionally, agency and designated funds can elect to take a distribution from their funds during this same time period.
We currently help to administer three grant programs each year. Learn more about these grant opportunities.
All grants and distributions must be made to qualified nonprofit organizations. See more about eligibility below.
After receiving a grant you will want to explore the guidelines for promoting your grant.
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.
- 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.
- No (if no, you are not eligible)
- Does your organization serve the City of Winchester, or the Counties of Frederick, Warren or Clarke?
- No (if no, you are not eligible for CFNSV grants, however, you may be eligible for Chain of Checks)
- Would requested funds be used for sectarian purposes, i.e., programs that require a particular religious doctrine?
- Yes (if yes, you are not eligible)
requestedgrant funds be used to fund or support political organizations or campaigns?
- Yes (if yes, you are not eligible)
- Will you be discriminating based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability?
- Yes (if yes, you are not eligible)
Guidelines for Promoting Your Grant
Congratulations on your grant from the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The following guidelines are intended to assist you in the promotion of your grant. Please forward this information to the appropriate person in your organization.
You should acknowledge your grant in as many ways as possible.
1. Include news of your grant in any publications you produce for distribution. This includes press releases, newsletters, brochures, annual reports, board minutes, lists of supporters, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, direct mail, etc.
2. Contact the local media, newspapers, special interest publications, and local TV/radio stations with a press release.
3. Use the Community Foundation’s logo in publications, program booklets, and signage at any events funded by the grant. Please call us direct to make sure you are provided with the one that will best suit your needs. Use our logo in all publications where the grant is publicized.
4. Acknowledging your grant. Use the following language to acknowledge your grant from the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley:
This grant was made possible by the (name of fund listed in your grant letter) of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
This project was funded (or funded in part) by a grant from the (name of fund listed in your grant letter) of the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
5. Foundation description. If you need a description of the Foundation, use the following: The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is a public charity providing grants to nonprofits and scholarships to individuals in the City of Winchester and the Counties of Frederick, Clarke and Warren, so they may continue to carry out their mission. Since 2001, we have been connecting people who care to causes that matter to them.
6. All materials that use the Community Foundation’s name and logo, including press releases, should be approved by the Community Foundation prior to publication and distribution. This allows the Foundation to help provide additional information and, when appropriate, help in the distribution of your news.
7. Please provide the Community Foundation with any high resolution pictures of your event or program. The Community Foundation will promote your program as part of an effort to inform donors about their contributions. Pictures of your event and stories about the impact of your program are the best way for people to learn about what you do.
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.
Listed below are all of the scholarships funded by Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley scholarship funds. 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.
Dr. Craig Zunka and JoEllen McNeal of Warren County, Virginia established this scholarship fund to assist
Named for two outstanding leaders in the Front Royal-Warren County community, the Eastham/Boyles Community Leadership Scholarship aims to ensure the opportunity for future leaders of Front Royal/Warren County, through its school system, to interact with current leaders of our community. Awards are based on the applicant’s interest in continuing education, participation and leadership in school and community activities, and a reputation for good citizenship and moral character. The Front Royal/Warren County Chamber of Commerce administers and awards this scholarship.
The Elaine Bromfield Memorial Scholarship Fund is named in honor of long-time Warren County supporter and a passionate advocate for women’s rights. The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center administers and awards this scholarship, which is awarded to women in financial need for courage and determination to pursue educational training that will lead towards self-sufficiency.
Helping Hands Scholarship Fund was established several years ago to assist graduating students of Clarke County High School to continue their education at a university or technical school. Helping Hands of Clarke County administers and awards this scholarship.
This fund was created to honor, memorialize, and pay tribute to Winchester native David E. Owens, a US Marine who lost his life while serving in Iraq. The fund was created to provide scholarships for students at Lord Fairfax Community College with a selection emphasis on veterans and their children.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund of the Winchester NAACP provides an annual scholarship to a needy and deserving African-American student chosen by the Winchester NAACP. The Winchester NAACP administers and awards this scholarship.
Created by Bruce and Donna Downing in memory of a dear friend and employee of the family, this fund provides financial assistance to college-bound African-American students graduating from Handley High School. The Handley High School Scholarship Committee administers and awards this scholarship.
The Pamela McInnis Scholarship Fund was established in honor of the retired superintendent of Warren County Schools. It is awarded annually to a deserving Warren County high school student to pursue a non-traditional educational, training or certificate program. The scholarship is administered and awarded by the Blue Ridge Technical Center.
This local civic club has established this fund to annually recognize an outstanding athlete from Warren County Public Schools. The top female athlete award is named in honor of Heidi Moore and the top male athlete for John Marlow. Recipients shall have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in athletics in individual or team sports and have made a lasting contribution to their school and the FR-WC community. The Rotary Club of Front Royal administers and awards this scholarship.
Wells Fargo awards a two-year scholarship to students with demonstrated need from Warren County, VA public high schools who attend a Virginia Community College pursuing a business degree. The scholarships are awarded through the Warren County High Schools.