The Dan River is the greatest natural resource in our region, yet its beauty and usefulness are often taken for granted. Since the first settlers along the Dan’s banks, the river has given us drinking water, transportation routes, commerce, food, recreation, and beauty. Now, the river needs our attention.

The waterway and its basin have been impacted by a history of neglect and a recent coal ash spill.  The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region (CFDRR) has stepped forward and established the RiverBank Fund to gather substantial donations throughout Virginia and North Carolina earmarked for the protection and revitalization of the River.


The second RiverBank Fund grant applications will be announced soon.


The Fund will help in five fundamental ways:


  1. Responsibly address water quality for regional residents and companies.
  2. Encourage new development that ecologically features the River.
  3. To improve the cleanliness of the River and the Basin and help protect it from environmental threats.
  4. Increase access to the River for family friendly sports, recreation and entertainment.
  5. Effectively promote the River to build regional pride and encourage tourism.

People in Patrick, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg counties in Virginia and Caswell, Stokes, and Rockingham counties in North Carolina, as well as residents of Danville and beyond, want the Dan River to thrive.

Our goal is to raise millions of dollars in donations from major corporations, smaller businesses and individuals who have an interest in the Dan River Region.


We have a chance to re-build and revitalize our River. To boat, to kayak, to fish, to swim, to admire and to drink: they are all within our grasp.

The RiverBank Fund was developed with community input by the Fund’s Advisory Committee, which represents the views of a broad cross-section of the region. Advisory Committee members include business, government, and community leaders.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region will serve as the administrator of the Fund. Some of the funds collected may be used for short-term projects throughout the region to revitalize the Dan River. Other dollars will build an endowment to care for the river for generations to come.

The Dan is our river.

The RiverBank Fund will help make it the clean, healthy and vital centerpiece our region deserves.

For more information, contact the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region at:

541 Loyal Street
Danville, Virginia 24541
(434) 793-0884 (phone)
(434) 793-6489 (fax)