An Opportunity to Care and Share


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.

The Nelson County Community Fund raises money through the Opportunity Ball  and through direct contributions from Nelson County citizens. Since 2000, NCCF has awarded almost $1,000,000 in grants to 50 non-profits with the goal to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our community.

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 a February/March decision) and June 30 (for a July/August 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.



  • Check-Off Sheet
  • A proposal narrative of up to three pages, clearly outlining the project or program to be funded.
  • A Letter of Agreement (LOA) from each group, organization, or agency, whose support, cooperation, or approval is required for successful implementation of the project. For a new project that involves Nelson County Public Schools, the organization should contact Dr. Jeff Comer, Superintendent.
  • Evidence of 501(c)(3) operating status (IRS Tax Determination letter) and the most recent Form 990.
  • A current financial statement including the annual budget and operating expenses.
  • A list of names and addresses of the Board of Directors and top staff.
  • Brief description of the organization’s history, objectives, and current programs.
  • Geographical area and demographic group(s) the organization serves.

*A hard copy of each application must be submitted.

*All application materials, including letters of endorsement, must be submitted together.

*When a grant is approved, the organization must wait until the next grant cycle – 9 to 12 months hence – before submitting a grant proposal for the same (e.g., ongoing) project.

*Organizations may submit proposals for more than one project.

*Organizations whose grant proposal is not approved may reapply in the next grant cycle.


Grant Reporting Form

A grant recipient is expected to use the funds for the purpose approved in the grant award, and funds are to be expended within the specified period of time. NCAC and CACF require that grant recipients submit a written report on the funded project no later than one year from the date of the grant. This report will be used to evaluate the success of the grant. An NCAC member may schedule a follow-up visit.

Grants will not be made to any organization that has not submitted an interim or final report for all previous NCCF grant(s) within 9 to 12 months after the award of such grant(s).




The Advisory Committee of the Nelson County Community Fund announces the Winter 2017 funding for eight grants from six nonprofits serving the people of Nelson County. The grant awards total $83,000.

Funding will be awarded to the following organizations: Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA) for Project Discovery (support and scholarships for Nelson County High School graduating seniors), and Community Outreach (assistance for emergency rent, utility payments, and other crisis intervention); Blue Ridge Medical Center for the Medication Assistance Program (to help purchase medications for uninsured and underinsured patients through arrangements with pharmaceutical companies) and for the Rural Health Outreach Program (education, preventive health services, care navigation and primary care for low-income, uninsured people); Blue Ridge Interfaith Ministry for assistance with electricity and fuel bills; Virginia College Advising Corps for the placement of a college adviser at Nelson County High School; The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen (for environmental education with field trips and a wish list for teachers); and Nelson Kid Care (to purchase supplemental food for children in Nelson County Public Schools to take home over the weekend).

For more information on NCCF’s grant funding, click here.


Grants for 2014 – 2017




The following is a list of some of the grants provided by the Nelson County Community Fund to organizations serving the people of Nelson County.  Some of these organizations have received a grant for one time, and other organizations have received funding for multiple years for the same or a different program. 


American Red Cross:

  • Disaster Services – Preparedness, Response and Recovery, including the Pillow Case Project for elementary school students


Nelson County Community Development Foundation:

  • Emergency home repair for elderly and disabled residents of Nelson County (multiple years)


Unity in Community Outreach Ministry, Inc.:

  • Financial assistance program to assist individuals and families in emergency or in need and help with dental and vision program (multiple years)


Wintergreen Performing Arts:

  • Enhancement of the arts and music programs at local elementary schools (multiple years)


Blue Ridge Medical Center:

  • Medication Assistance Program – provide three-month supply of prescription drugs to low-income/uninsured patients with chronic illnesses requiring ongoing medication therapies (multiple years)
  • Rural Health Outreach Program (RHOP) – Health Compass Program: includes home visits by outreach nurses, education support groups, and screening services at community events; a coordinated and holistic structure for education, preventive health services, care navigation and primary care for low income/uninsured people (multiple years)
  • Reach Out and Read –start up funding for age- appropriate books for children coming to wellness visits


Giving Hope Foundation:

  • Providing financial assistance and support to cancer patients and their families.

Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA):

  • Community Outreach – Emergency Services: direct client assistance for emergency rent and utility payments and other crisis intervention for low wage earning and low fixed income families in Nelson County (multiple years)
  • Project Discovery – workshops for NCHS seniors and their families on topics such as financial aid, study skills, SAT preparation, goal setting, college admission and college life; and scholarships for graduating seniors (multiple years)
  • Steps to Success: Financial Management – instruction for families on ways to improve their financial management


The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen:

  • Environmental Education Program – focused outreach for Nelson County students and teachers to help them understand the region’s natural and cultural heritage and funding for a “wish list” to provide supplies and equipment for teachers (multiple years)


Nelson County Habitat for Humanity:

  • Assistance for the procurement of a lot for house #23, which has been constructed through a collaboration with the Building Trades Program at Nelson County High School and will be finished on site by Nelson County Habitat for Humanity volunteers.


Nelson County High School:

  • Measure of Academic Progress Pilot Assessment – a universal math, reading and language arts screening program for incoming freshmen that will provide more complete data to help teachers determine where a student needs additional instruction.


Virginia College Advising Corps:

  • Support for the College Advisor placed at Nelson County High School to assist with college searches, college applications, SAT and ACT preparation, financial aid applications, scholarship searches and matriculation to post-secondary education (multiple years)

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports

  • Support to provide skiing and boating lessons and experiences to Nelson County adults (18 and older) with mental health issues who participate in Horizon House, operated by Region Ten (multiple years).


Blue Ridge Interfaith Ministry

  • One-time a year assistance with electricity or fuel bills to keep families warm in winter (multiple years)


Nelson Kid Care

  • Support to provide supplemental weekend food for Nelson County Public School children (K – 12) (multiple years)


Girls on the Run of Central Virginia

  • Support for program promoting physical health and self esteem for girls in Rockfish River Elementary School and Tye River Elementary School (multiple years)


QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia

  • Equipment for Tye River and Rockfish River Elementary Schools


Rockfish Valley Community Center

  • Funding to help build an outdoor pavilion and funding to purchase tents for outdoor events and fundraisers


Millennium Group

  • Funding for a pavilion to shelter volunteers and for food distribution


Great Aspirations Scholarship Program

  • Support of financial aid advisor at Nelson County High School


Wintergreen Fire Department

  • Fire safety education in the local schools and for the purchase of smoke detectors


Georgia’s Healing House

  • Funding to help establish a facility for women who are recovering from substance abuse.


Shelter for Help in Emergency

  • Outreach services to victims of domestic violence in Nelson County


Jefferson Area Board for Aging

  • Expansion of volunteer program in Nelson County and in Nelson County Public Schools


Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Central Virginia

  • Salary for the advocate manager in Nelson County (multiple years)


Rockfish Valley Foundation

  • Environmental education programs for local schools



Grant Requests for 2012 and 2013

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 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program
Giving Hope
Wintergreen Nature  Environmental Education Program
Literacy Volunteers of Nelson  Computer Skills Training
Nelson County
Wintergreen Adaptive
Rockfish Valley
Monticello Area Community Action Agencywww.macaa.orgProject Discovery Outreach
Blue Ridge Medical  Medication Assistance Program Health Compass/Latino Outreach Program
American Red Disaster Relief PreparednessCASA of Central  Court Appointed Special Advocates