Danville Regional Foundation: Grants for Virginia

OVERVIEW: The Danville Regional Foundation supports education, economic development, health and wellness, and community development in portions of Virginia and North Carolina.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, economic development, health and wellness, community development

IP TAKE: This community funder is known to make big grants over a million dollars and has a well-defined local service area.

PROFILE: Established in 2005, the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) is a community foundation based in Danville, Virginia. The foundation awards both large and small grants that are long-term investments in the local community. The foundation aims to "encourage revitalization and renewal in the Dan River Region.” It funds local efforts for education, economic development, health and wellness, and community development.

The Danville Regional Foundation’s education program focuses on early childhood education, public school programs, STEM education, and higher education. Economic development grants support workforce development efforts to create a new economy that will grow and develop in new ways. Health grants target poverty, obesity, and chronic diseases. Community development grants address neighborhood needs to help children and families thrive. This funder values collaboration and partnerships with other local groups. Capital project funding is possible but rare.

Grants range between about $15,000 and $2 million. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the recipients page of the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on the Virginia city of Danville, Pittsylvania County in Virginia, and Caswell County in North Carolina. Past local grantees include Success School Pilot SBDP, Danville Science Center Expansion, Caswell Enterprise Center, and the Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation.

This foundation accepts unsolicited proposals from nonprofits. However, it encourages potential applicants to meet with foundation staff before submitting a proposal. The foundation uses an online grant application but also accepts proposals by mail, fax, email, or hand-delivery. Direct general questions to the staff at 434-799-2176 or via online form.


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