Eco-Living Fund Grant

Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $3,000

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 29, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 28, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Virginia: Albemarle County, Buckingham County, Charlottesville city, Fluvanna County, Greene County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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Note: Applicants are encouraged to submit an optional initial 1-page Letter of Inquiry no later than the 'letter of Inquiry' deadline above, if an applicant has question as to whether a project in mind could meet the goals of this fund. The donor will provide feedback and suggestions regarding information to include in the full proposal that may increase the possibility of the proposal being funded. 

The Eco-Living Fund aims to steer people’s daily life habits toward zero-footprint or net-positive impact on the natural world. Grant funding supports specific, concrete activities that can demonstrate quantifiable results. The timeline for funding requests is announced in the Spring of each year.

The Eco-Living Fund is a donor-advised fund based at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. The donor to the fund, who wishes to remain anonymous, reviews proposals on an annual basis and makes funding recommendations to the Governing Board of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.

The Eco-Living Fund supports efforts to steer the daily life habits of people away from environmentally unsustainable practices, and toward zero-footprint or net-positive impact on the natural world.

Funded projects: 

  • are designed not simply to improve the environmental-friendliness or sustainability of a particular building or facility, but rather to permanently change many, many buildings' performance and/or people's daily life habits to be better for the planet; 
  • have specific, concrete actions which have quantifiable results of people living and/or buildings performing more sustainably; 
  • are designed, tracked, documented, and reported in ways that they can be showcased to serve as positive change models for other organizations and communities; 
  • (bonus, particularly encouraged though not required): result in people, businesses or institutions saving money

Successful proposals will include all of the first three (3) of the above characteristics, not just one or two of them. 

Among the pool of applications received, winners will be those that have the greatest bang-for-the-buck: the greatest number of people permanently changing their daily life habits, and/or the greatest number of buildings getting their consumption of resources reduced, per grant dollar. 

Examples of relevant projects include:

  • leveraging funds from this grant in ways that result in water or energy systems of numerous houses or buildings being replaced with efficient ones; or
  • that result in people exercising (walk, bike) instead of driving; and/or
  • awareness or education on public policies which would achieve the goals of this fund.

These are examples only and do not represent the full scope of grant applications that will be considered. 

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


  • Applicants must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or government agencies.
  • Grants are limited to projects in the CACF service area which includes Charlottesville and counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and Orange. 


  • Preference will be given to those projects that have quantifiable results, that is, results that can be numerically verified and measured.