Grant Application Available

The Fall 2018 Community Needs grant application is now available and the deadline has been extended. Nonprofit organizations located within and serving Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are eligible to apply. Historically, organizations may apply through this process once per calendar year. However, moving forward, the Community Needs process will be an annual one, with a fall application and award cycle. The 2019 application deadline is 9/3/19.

 

Current applications are due on October 11. Nonprofit organizations that submitted an application in the spring 2018 cycle may apply again now. Projects submitted will be considered for annual funding from the Community Endowment Fund or the Valley Arts & Culture Fund in November. Projects submitted through this process are also marketed to local civic organizations, private foundations, giving circles, and to the private and corporate fund holders of The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

 

Call 540-432-3863 or contact ann@tcfhr.org with eligiblity or application questions.

Spring Grants Awarded

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County recently made annual grant awards for the Sean Warner Memorial Fund, the Valley Arts & Culture Fund, and the Community Endowment Fund. Consideration for these awards is made through an application process and grants benefit nonprofit organizations located in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham area.

 

The Sean Warner Memorial Endowment Fund was established by Mark and Susan Warner to honor the memory of their son by helping other children. This fund was created to contribute to general charitable purposes within the area of emotional support services for children of divorced parents. The 2018 recipient of the $450 grant is Family Life Resource Center, to support its Scholarship Fund project. (Family Life Resource Center is still seeking monies to fully fund this project.)

 

The Valley Arts and Culture Fund provides program, project and seed funds to small and medium sized nonprofit organizations promoting performing and visual arts, and interpreting the culture and traditions of and in the Shenandoah Valley. This year four applications were considered for the Valley Arts and Culture Fund grant. The 2018 recipient of the $659 grant is Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society for its project, “Harrisonburg History Exhibition in Downtown.” Funds for this project will help support the redesign of the comprehensive exhibit ‘Picturing Harrisonburg: Visions of a Shenandoah Valley City Since 1828,” housed in 2017 at JMU’s Duke Hall Gallery.  The proposed redesign project will create an educational exhibit suitable for the Atrium space at Harrisonburg City Hall. (Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society is still seeking monies to fully fund this project.)

 

The Community Endowment is a permanent fund that helps finance projects of greatest benefit to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, as determined by community leaders. This year 58 applications were reviewed for the Community Endowment grant. The 2018 recipient of the $6,127 grant is Blue Ridge Legal Services for its project, “Low-Income Older Adults Facing Critical Legal Needs.” Funds for this project will help sustain a half-time attorney position dedicated to providing free civil legal assistance to low-income senior citizens in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County facing critical legal needs, such as medical and other debts, financial exploitation, simple wills, nursing home discharges, Medicaid issues, etc. (Blue Ridge Legal Services is still seeking monies to fully fund this project.)

 

To find applications for the 2019 grant process, please visit the Grants Available page on The Community Foundation website.

Hildred Neff Memorial Fund – 2016 Grant Recipients Announced

Hildred Neff 2016In August, grants totaling over $9,500 were distributed to three local nonprofit organizations from the Hildred Neff Memorial Fund. The 2016 grant recipients are all nonprofit organizations that care for domestic animals.

2016 Hildred Neff Memorial Fund Grants:

The grants distributed will fully fund the project requests from the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA and Cat’s Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley, Inc. The grant award to Anicira Veterinary Center will partially fund their $9,000 project request. Anicira’s Targeted Community Cat Project is still in need of $6,176 to be fully funded.

During her lifetime, Hildred Neff was a business woman who raised livestock and fruits and vegetables, and was co-owner of J.E. Plecker Florists. Hildred had a special love of animals and she contributed generously to organizations that promote their welfare. She left her estate to create the Hildred Neff Memorial Fund, which benefits agencies that provide for the needs of both domestic and wild animals. The fund was established at The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County in 2014.

Next year’s Hildred Neff Memorial Fund grant application will be available in early 2017. Please visit our website for more information if you wish to apply. Grant applications are reviewed in August each year.

If you are interested in contributing to the Hildred Neff Memorial Fund to benefit the care of domestic and wild animals, please contact The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County at 540-432-3863, or visit our website.

IMPACT Awards $8,175 Grant to Open Doors Emergency Shelter!

The vote is in! Open Doors Emergency Shelter will be the recipient of this year’s IMPACT Grant!! The grants committee reviewed over 50 community needs applications and narrowed the ballot for the grant award to three options. IMPACT members voted and Open Doors is the 2015-16 grant recipient.

The Open Doors Project, which is aimed at ending the cycle of homelessness, will equip key personnel working for/with Open Doors with the tools they need to educate and train their guests on opportunities and locally available resources that may help them escape the cycle of homelessness. So much more than just basic job training skills, Open Doors guests will also gain insight to how other local agencies and assist them with needs such medical treatment, counseling, and financial counseling which often hinder someone’s effort to escape homelessness.

Please join IMPACT and The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County on Sunday, August 21st for the presentation of the Grant to Open Doors. The presentation celebration will be at Purcell Park, Shelter Number 2 from 4 pm to 6 pm. Click here for more information or to register for the event. In addition, IMPACT Board Members will be on hand to share several new and exciting opportunities that will be available as a part of IMPACT. Not only will the 21st be a great opportunity to celebrate IMPACT’s partnership with Open Doors, but its future as an organization dedicated to making a lasting impact in our community.

Spring Community Needs applications due soon

The application deadline for the Spring cycle of the Community Needs process for The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County is quickly approaching. An nonprofit organization may apply once during a calendar year. Spring applications are due on Tuesday, March 1 at 4:00PM. Generally funding ranges from $250 – $10,000. Funding decisions are made by individual donors, private foundations and committees.

 

Organizations must be tax-exempt public charities under IRS Section 501c(3) or other nonprofit status. Organizations must be physically located in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County, and the project or program to be funded must serve the local area. Organizations not physically located in the Harrisonburg or Rockingham County area, but serving a substantial part of our community will need permission from TCFHR to apply. Religious organizations are welcome to apply if the project will significantly aid our local community.

 

A list of all Community Needs project requests will be featured on our website for one year after application submission. Please call Ann Siciliano, 540-432-3863, at The Community Foundation to determine eligibility before applying. Grants are made without regard to factors of gender, race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.

 

Please submit your completed application for the 2016 Spring Community Needs cycle by March 1.

 

2015 IMPACT Harrisonburg grant to ‘On the Road Collaborative’

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IMPACT Harrisonburg Executive Committee members Mike Frazier and Billy Robinson serve BBQ to On the Road Collaborative’s Executive Director, Brent Holsinger.

IMPACT Harrisonburg, the first giving circle of The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, recently presented their first grant check to On the Road Collaborative at a picnic held at Purcell Park. On the Road Collaborative is a 501(c)3 for-purpose organization whose mission is “to empower young people on the margins with the opportunity, skills and confidence they need to excel in school and fulfill their promise.” The organization currently works with middle school children at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg. The celebratory family-style picnic held on September 13 was hosted by IMPACT Harrisonburg members and attended by Brent Holsinger, On the Road Collaborative’s Executive Director, as well as members of the organization’s board of directors and staff members of The Community Foundation.

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Melissa Mayhew, IMPACT Harrisonburg member and staff member of The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, talks with a board member of On the Road Collaborative.

IMPACT Harrisonburg is a giving circle for young leaders in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community. IMPACT was established in 2014 for individuals in their twenties, thirties and forties to engage in meaningful philanthropy and learn about local nonprofits, while affordably leveraging their charitable dollars. The organization offers an opportunity to meet new people socially and professionally, as well as a chance to make a bigger impact collectively than individuals can alone.

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Luke Hartman, board member of On the Road Collaborative

Events are held by IMPACT Harrisonburg throughout the year and offer social and educational opportunities for members, as well as for other individuals in the community. Collective dues are granted out annually to an organization chosen by a membership vote. Each member has one vote in the grantmaking process. IMPACT Harrisonburg utilizes the Community Needs list of funding requests when considering its annual grant recipient. The 2015 grant of almost $15,000 to On the Road Collaborative marks the first grant in IMPACT’s history.

The enrollment period for IMPACT Harrisonburg 2016 membership is now open. Contact Melissa at The Community Foundation with questions regarding membership and how you can become involved.

Year-End Deadlines

2015 year-end deadlines are coming soon! December is one of the busiest months of the entire year for staff at The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County. Please be sure to reference the following deadlines to be sure we provide you with the best service possible:

December 1 – Virginia Department of Education Preauthorization Request Forms must be submitted for the Education Improvement Scholarships Tax Credits Program. If you wish to take advantage of the opportunity for a 65% Virginia State tax credit offered through the VDOE tax credit program, please contact Ann Siciliano at 540-432-3863 with any questions.

December 11 – Grant Requests should be received by The Community Foundation to guarantee processing in 2015. If you wish to send a grant and have a Donor Central account, you should make your requests through Donor Central. Otherwise, please send a Grant Recommendations form to Revlan Hill at revlan@tcfhr.org.

December 30 – Gifts of stock and mutual funds must be received by The Community Foundation by 2:00PM. If you have questions or need assistance regarding gifts of stock or mutual funds, please reference our Stock Transfer Instructions form or contact Revlan Hill.

December 31 – Gifts to The Community Foundation must be postmarked by this date or hand-delivered to the office by noon. Our office usually closes early on the last day of the year.

We appreciate your attention to our year-end deadlines. We will make every attempt to assist you in a timely manner and we appreciate your patience as we process a much higher volume of gifts and grant requests at the end of the calendar year.

Thank you for your generosity which benefits our community!