CFNRV: Responsive Grant Program

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley

Suggest an update

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 19, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Virginia: Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, Radford city

Location of residency: Counties in Virginia: Floyd County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, Radford city

View website    Save Need help writing this grant?

About this funder:



Responsive Grants

Responsive grants are offered semi-annually with one cycle in the Spring and Fall of each year. The Responsive Grant Program is tailored to make a positive impact in the community by responding to ongoing or emergent community needs as recognized by the area non-profits serving those needs directly. 

CFNRV currently offers two grant opportunities through our Responsive Grantmaking Program (formerly our “Semi-Annual Grant Program”) twice annually, in the Spring and Fall of each year. CFNRV’s grants are divided into two broad categories:

  • general operating support grants, and
  • programmatic support grants.

Please note that not all organizations are eligible for both types of grants (see Eligibility for more information).

Grant Categories

General Operating Grants

General operating grants support an organization’s overall activities, including operating expenses and overhead. They are meant to provide unrestricted funding to help support and maintain an organization as it pursues its mission. This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most appropriate.  General Operating support grants are only eligible to those organizations who have had 501c (3) status for 5 years or more.

Program Grants 

Program grants support a specific project or activity and are tied to a specific, project-based outcomes. Program grants require a specific budget that grantees must stick to. These grants can help:

  • sustain successful existing programs,
  • existing programs scale-up in the number or areas served,
  • make quality improvements to existing programs,
  • start new programs, or
  • make purchases for needed equipment, supplies, or training.

Programmatic support grants are eligible to new and established 501c (3) organizations or units of local government.

Responsive Grant Program: Areas of Interest

  • Animals
    • Focus on animal welfare or the pet population of the NRV
  • Arts and Culture
    • Spread, explore, or teach the NRV’s cultural heritage or increase opportunity for exposure to the arts and/or history or cultural heritage for residents of the NRV. 
  • Civic Affairs
    • Are geared towards bettering the community in the sense of relationship building, providing public resources/experiences, economic development, improving a sense of place, and/or enhancing communication and communal decision making.
  • Education
    • Seek to teach children or adults new information, meaningful skills, or ways of looking at the world with the goal of improving traditional education outcomes, job prospects, and/or professional performance
  • Environment
    • Enhance and protect the natural world and/or people’s appreciation of the natural world through advocacy, environmental protection, or sustainability efforts
  • Health
    • Improve health and wellness in the NRV through education, advocacy, or direct provision of health-care or wellness services
  • Poverty
    • Alleviate the burdens of poverty or eliminate the underlying conditions of poverty in the NRV. These programs may be open to all, but are specifically targeted at those of low income to serve either as a long-term means to eliminate conditions of poverty or as a short-term effort to alleviate immediate burdens of poverty. 
  • Support, Parenting, and Care
    • Assist or improve the wellbeing of families through relationship building, parenting related services, and/or improving foundations for greater emotional connection within families.
    • Elderly care or services specifically tailored to the elderly
    • Non-education support or services for children
    • Gender-specific support or services for women, men, boys, and girls
    • LGBTQ-specific support or services 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Registered 501c(3) organizations operating within the New River Valley (defined as the Virginia counties of Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski, and the City of Radford) are eligible for CFNRV grants.
  • In addition, General Operating Support grants and Programmatic Support grants have different eligibility requirements:
    • General Operating Support
      • Grants are available to organizations operating in the NRV with 501c (3) status for at least five years.
      • Funds to be used for:
        • Any purpose within the organization at the grantee organization's discretion.
    • Programmatic Support
      • Grants are available to any registered 501c (3) organization or unit of local government operating within the NRV and offering services in one of our nine areas of interest.
      • Funds to be used for:
        • Any mission-related purpose within the program, but funds must be used in the specific manner outlined in the grantee's application.
  • Organization must be operating in the NRV in one of our eight areas of interest to be eligible to apply for responsive grants.


  • General Operating Grants: Priority consideration will be given to those non-profits demonstrating strong management and a proven track record of accomplishments.