Harrisonburg & Rockingham County Community Needs Grants
One Community Needs grant cycle each year connects local nonprofit organizations with grant funding. The Community Needs process is a direct response to the ever changing and diverse needs of the nonprofit organizations in our community. The application deadline is at the beginning of October each year. Applications are open at least three months before the deadline. Agencies may apply annually. Applications submitted through this process will be considered for funding from the Community Endowment Fund and the Valley Arts & Culture Fund. Grants are awarded by the end of November.
Little Swiss Fund Grants
The Little Swiss Fund was established by an anonymous donor to benefit the nonprofit community in Highland County, Virginia. Nonprofits physically located in, and serving, Highland County, with broad active volunteer support and annual revenues exceeding $25,000 are encouraged to apply for annual grant funding. Organizations must receive less than half their income from government entities to be eligible. Religious organizations serving Highland County may also apply. Online applications are due November 1 each year and grants are awarded by November 30.
Church Revitalization Grants
Awaken – A Church Revitalization Fund, managed by The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, was established through the generosity of John and Linda Neff and other donors to support initiatives to transform and grow congregations into emerging, missional Christ-centered communities. Congregations are encouraged to apply for a Revitalization Grant or receive funding for Ministry Support. This fund does not support “bricks and mortar” projects. Applications are due on March 31 each year. Use the Application link to learn more.
Animal & Wildlife Nonprofit Grants
Hildred Neff was born in and lived in Rockingham County her entire life. She loved animals and was especially fond of cats. Hildred left her estate to create the Hildred Neff Memorial Fund to benefit agencies that provide for the needs of both domestic and wild animals. The application deadline for these nonprofit grants is in August each year, and grant awards can range from $1,000 to over $15,000. Use the application link to learn more.
Valley Arts and Culture Fund
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 annual nonprofit grant is distributed through the Community Needs process each November, with funding in excess of $600.
Community Endowment Fund
The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County has some funds to give out each year from the Community Endowment Fund. This permanent fund helps finance projects of greatest benefit to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County as determined by community leaders. This annual nonprofit grant is given out in November through the Community Needs process, with funding in excess of $6,500.
Sean Warner Memorial Endowment Fund
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. This nonprofit grant is awarded every other year in the month of September, through an application process. The 2019 application is now available.