The Opportunity Ball is the culmination of a fundraising campaign in which individuals and corporations have taken the opportunity to make a charitable contribution in their community. Their fundraising helps to address the need for medical and dental care, improved housing, childcare, even food for our neighbors in Nelson County.
Our Imaginations Went Wild at the Opportunity Ball this year!!
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The Nelson County Community Fund is proud to highlight our corporate sponsors
for the 8th Annual Opportunity Ball which was
held at Veritas Vineyard and Winery on Friday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m.
We ask that you continue your patronage to these businesses:
The Nelson County Community Fund is a committee-advised fund that makes grants to local charitable organizations and agencies with the expressed goal of improving the life of Nelson County residents. Much of our work is accomplished by collaborating with nonprofits, funders, community leaders, and other partners to tackle important issues in our county. The NCCF operates under the charter of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation – a 501c3 organization which oversees the NCCF’s unrestricted general fund and endowment fund.
Nelson County Community Fund
P.O. Box 253 Nellysford Virginia 22958
Please get in touch with us if you are interested in learning more about the Nelson County Community Fund. We also welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions. The fields in the contact form that are marked with an asterisk are required.
Grants are made to tax-exempt public charities under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and to government agencies. Grants are limited to projects in the Nelson County. Grants are made without regard to factors of gender, race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.
What types of projects are supported?
Careful consideration is given to the potential impact of the project and to especially imaginative and collaborative approaches to solving community needs. Categories of support include, but are not limited to, human services, education, environment, health, community needs and development.
Both seed money grants for innovative new programs and sustaining grants to organizations performing services vital to the community will be considered. Projects of interest include those that assist citizens
whose needs are not met by existing services, and those that benefit a significant number of citizens of the community.
What types of projects are generally not supported?
Support is not generally provided for endowments, deficit reduction, fund-raising events or annual appeals of well-established organizations, religious programs, grants to individuals or projects normally under dictates of a government agency.
What is the grant application process?
Proposal deadlines are December 31 (for an April decision) and June 30 (for a September decision). All applicants must fully complete the Grant Proposal Cover Sheet. One hard copy of the grant proposal should
be submitted in writing on the organization’s letterhead and signed by the organization’s administrator or an officer as well as by the Governing Officer (e.g., Chair of the Board) on behalf of the governing board.
The proposal narrative should be limited to no more than three pages. It should include a clear description of the project or program, the relationship of the project to the organization’s mission, a total budget for the organization and a project budget, the qualifications of the project personnel, a list of Board members, and information as to how it will be supported in the future. Letters of endorsement are welcomed, but must be submitted along with all other application materials.
The Nelson County Community Fund of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, awarded grants to the following organizations or projects in Nelson County as part of its Summer 2012 and Winter 2013 Grants:
Organizations receiving grant awards include;
|Piedmont Virginia Community College Educational Foundation – www.pvcc.edu Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program|
|Giving Hope Foundation – www.givinghopefoundationinc.org|
|Wintergreen Nature Foundation – www.twnf.org Environmental Education Program|
|Literacy Volunteers of Nelson County – www.nelsoncountyliteracy.org Computer Skills Training|
|Nelson County Pantry – www.nelsoncountypantry.org|
|Wintergreen Adaptive Sports – www.skiwas.org|
|Rockfish Valley Foundation – www.rockfishvalley.org|
|Monticello Area Community Action Agency – www.macaa.org
Project Discovery – http://www.macaa.org/programs/PD_highschool.html
Rural Outreach – http://www.macaa.org/programs/rural.html
|Rebuilding Together – www.rebuildingtogether.org/|
|Blue Ridge Medical Center – www.brmedical.org Medication Assistance Program Health Compass/Latino Outreach Program|
|American Red Cross – www.centralvirginia.redcross.org Disaster Relief Preparedness
CASA of Central VA – www.cvcasa.org Court Appointed Special Advocates
The Nelson County Community Fund raises money through the Opportunity Ball and through direct contributions from Nelson County citizens. Since 2000, NCCF has awarded more than $800,000 in grants to more than 40 non-profits with the goal to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our community.
Who We Help
Our projects support include human services, education, health, environment, and general community services. Careful consideration is given to the potential impact of projects and especially to imaginative and collaborative approaches to community needs.
Past NCCF grant recipients include the following:
|Nelson County Pantry||Blue Ridge Area Food Bank|
|The Arc of the Piedmont||Rebuilding Together|
|Literacy Volunteers of Nelson County||Nelson Volunteer Coalition|
|Nelson County Dental Clinic||Nelson Habitat for Humanity|
|Earl Hamner Jr Theater||Jefferson Area Board for Aging|
|North Branch School||The Nelson Center|
|Rockfish Valley Community Center||Schuyler Community Center|
|Oakland-Nelson County Museum||Wildlife Center of Virginia|
|Every Woman’s Life Health Passport||AMS Hospice|
|Nelson Bright Lights||Rockfish Valley Foundation|
|MACAA||Wintergreen Adaptive Skiing|
|Blue Ridge Medical Center||Rural Health Outreach|
The Nelson County Community Fund was established in early 2000 when a generous Nelson County resident named Gordon Smyth donated $10,000 as seed money to start a fund dedicated to tackling the many challenges confronting local citizens and agencies. The NCCF is a committee advised fund which is a part of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
The NCCF Advisory Committee
The advisory committee of the NCCF raises funds – large and small – that are allocated by the donors for the Nelson County non profit programs. The committee is comprised of a broad geographical, cross cultural and socio-economic spectrum of the community. Some have hands-on knowledge of the county’s needs. Others come from financial, marketing, and fund raising backgrounds.
Twice a year, the Advisory Committee reviews grant requests from non-profit charitable organizations serving Nelson County. Based on the relative merits of the various grant requests and available funds, disbursement recommendations are made. With funds from many donors, NCCF grants enable the non-profit organizations and agencies to have a greater impact on providing for the needs in Nelson County.
The Role of the CACF
The NCCF operates under the charter of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) – a 501c3 organization which oversees the NCCF’s unrestricted general fund and endowment fund. The CACF offers committee advised funds, such as NCCF, a uniquely flexible mechanism to accomplish its charitable goals. The CACF maintains records and reports, offers advice, and gives donors the maximum tax benefits allowed under federal law.
Please get in touch with us if you are interested in learning more about the Nelson County Community Fund. We also welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions.
The fields in the contact form that are marked with an asterisk are required.
The Nelson County Community Foundation helps people make a difference by inspiring the spirit of giving and by investing in people and solutions to benefit the entire community. We work to ensure equity, access, and opportunity for all the residents of our county.
Blue Ridge Medical Center / Rural Health Outreach Program
- Medication Assistance Program
- Latino Health Outreach
Monticello Area Community Action Agency
- Emergency Services
- Scholarship Program
Nelson County Community Development Foundation
- First Time Home Buyers
- Indoor Plumbing Rehab
- Emergency Repairs for Elderly and Disabled