Community Foundation awards over $250,000 in local grants

community foundationSeventy-two area nonprofits received approximately $250,000 in grants from the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge on Tuesday.

The grants represent the culmination of a competitive process through which nonprofit organizations serving Staunton and Waynesboro, and the counties of Augusta, Nelson and Highland submit detailed applications.

This year, the Community Foundation received 81 applications, representing total requests of $543,043.

The Foundation assembled a team of dedicated community members to deliberate the merits of each application before determining how best to distribute the Foundation’s available funding.

Dan Layman, CEO of the Community Foundation, noted that, “the exceptional quality and diversity of the charitable work underway in our community makes the work of our grants committee very challenging.  As has been the case in prior years, we were not able to satisfy every request for support.  We remain committed to our continued growth so that we can make more resources available each year.”

The grants distributed at this ceremony represent about one quarter of the $1 million the Foundation anticipates investing in our community this year in the form of grants, scholarships, and awards.

“The Foundation is very pleased to support so many worthy programs that directly serve the people of our community,” says Susan Lendermon, Director of Nonprofit Services.

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