Applying For a Grant

Welcome to The Community Foundation’s grant application process.

To view all grant opportunities and submit an application, please visit


The Community Foundation Competitive Grant Cycle will open for applications June 1, 2024 and close July 26, 2024.

Application Instructions and Editable Grant Forms for The Foundation’s Competitive Grant Cycle

Instructions for how to apply to the Competitive Grant Cycle
Editable Organizational Budget Template
Editable Program Budget Template
Project Timeline Template
Population Served Template Microsoft Excel Version
Interim Grant Report Form 2024
Final Grant Report Form 2024

Is My Organization Eligible to Receive Funding from The Community Foundation?

If you can answer yes to these two questions, then your organization is eligible to apply during our application period each year.

  • Does your organization have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in good standing? OR is your organization a government entity?
  • Do you serve citizens in the Danville, Pittsylvania and Caswell County region?

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region accepts grant proposals during the competitive grant cycle each year for projects that are occurring during the grant cycle (January-December). Please remember that The Community Foundation does not accept proposals for reimbursement. Expenses charged against the grant must be incurred during the grant period. All applications must be submitted online, through this link:

Instructions for Academic Works

Click the sign up button in the upper right hand corner to create your login. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to complete your account setup. Once your account is created you may begin your application

The application is a two-part process:

  • General Application (GA): Think about this like an organizational profile page/introduction; this is for broad material about your organization as a whole rather than the project/program you are requesting funds for.
  • Opportunity Specific Application (OSA): This is where specific information about your program or project is entered.
  • BOTH the GA and the OSA must be completed in order for your application to be submitted. [Note: You will not have access to the OSA in the system until you have completed the GA.}
    • You may edit your submitted application until the competitive grant cycle closes.
  • Uploading Documents
    • File Formats: You must use an accepted file format for all uploads. Accepted formats include Microsoft documents such as Word and Excel and Adobe PDF. If you attempt to use something other than the accepted file format, the upload will not be successful. Apple/Mac formatted documents, such as Pages, Numbers, will not work. When in doubt, convert to an Adobe PDF.
    • File Naming: Do not use symbols in your file titles. Use only letters and numbers.
    • Process: Select “Add New File” and then “Browse.” A dialog box will open where you can search for and choose your desired upload. Click “Open” when you select the file you want. The name of the file should display to the right. Select the button on the bottom right to save and continue editing your application. This will refresh the page. Scroll to the last completed item and ensure the file you want is selected in the drop down menu.
    • Selection: Only one file can be submitted with the application per question. If you wish to have multiple documents for a question, you will have to merge them into one document prior to uploading them.
    • Miscellaneous: If there is a question requiring an upload you do not need to fill out (i.e. “Supplemental Documentation”), upload a document stating the question is not applicable.
  • Once completed, you can view your application by selecting the “Applications” tab on the top menu bar. There should be two applications, the GA and the OSA.


Below is a timeline of The Community Foundation’s competitive grant cycle. Exact dates vary from year to year. The process begins every June. To receive more information on the grant cycle, or if you would like to add your organization to The Community Foundation’s mailing list, please contact our office at (434) 793-0884.

Early June The grant application process opens and a notice is sent via email to nonprofits on our email list
Late July Deadline for grant applications
Late September Community Foundation first-cut response sent to organizations
October/November Members of the Distribution Committee review applications and conduct site visits before meeting in mid-November
Mid December Community Foundation Board approves recommendations made by Distribution Committee
Late December Notification letters are mailed to organizations
Mid January Checks are presented to the organizations awarded grants
Late June Interim grant report due
Late December Final grant report due