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NCCF is helping protect the environment by using compostable products at this event.

Voyage of a Lifetime

voyage with clipper ship
Ever dreamed of sailing the seas on a tall ship to exotic ports of call?

Star Clippers cruises are the modern-day equivalent of the luxury voyages of yesteryear. As a unique fundraiser for the Nelson County Community Fund, Star Clippers America is offering a 7-day cruise of the Grenadine Islands on the Royal Clipper, round trip from Barbados, sailing February 29 through March 7, 2020. The package reflects advanced purchase savings, plus onboard credit and complimentary gratuities. This is a limited time offer through October 31, 2019, and spaces are going fast. For details and booking, contact Linda Hobson at Land and Sea Travel, 434-260-4737,

What is the Nelson County Community Fund?

The Nelson County Community Fund (NCCF) is the only community-based, tax-deductible fund that makes grants available to diverse non-profits serving educational and humanitarian needs in Nelson County. Like a “community chest”, it directs your donations to organizations benefiting school-age children, adults in need, and community services. Grants are made possible through generous donations, and partnering with area businesses to sponsor fund-raising events. For details on NCCF’s mission and governance, click here. Also visit us on FaceBook

You can help by making a contribution to NCCF

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Or contact us to volunteer or sponsor an event by clicking here.

“Without your help, Georgia’s Healing House would not be able to help our women heal from their wounds inflicted by addiction and mental health trauma…. This award will help the women of GHH rebuild new, productive and meaningful lives.”

Heather Kellams

Georgia’s Healing House

“You are the engine that keeps our truck on the road. Your support will help us help our rural neighbors by increasing access to wholesome food—including fresh produce. Your generous decision to support the Nelson Mobile Food Pantry benefits the lives of more than 170 vulnerable households each month.”

Michael McKee

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank


Heather Kellams

These heartfelt “thanks” (above) comes from NCCF grantee Girls on the Run of Central Virginia. Run girls, run!

News & Upcoming Events

Who’s That Behind the Mask?

Dust off those angel wings or that vampire cape—NCCF’s Opportunity (Costume) Ball is back!
Just in time for haunting season, the ball will be held in the big red barn at Valley Road Vineyards, Friday, October 25, 2019, from 6-10:30 p.m. Boogie (or sashay) to the music of British rock cover band Abbey Road, while enjoying a wine and buffet dinner. But wait—there’s more—CLICK HERE for a preview of live and silent auctions for fabulous trips, gift baskets, and one-of-a-kind artworks and jewelry. Click on the button on the left to purchase tickets and/or donate to NCCF’s flagship fundraiser. Your contribution will go a long way toward the grants we make to support nonprofits serving Nelson County residents.

NCCF’s Awards $35,400 to Nelson County Nonprofits this Summer

Support for emergency home repairs for the elderly and disabled, drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation, and free books for school-aged children are among the grants awarded in the 2019 summer grant cycle by NCCF.

Grantees include:
The Nelson County Community Development Fund for its on-going Emergency Home Repair Program to help create safe and healthy homes for low-income elderly and disabled county residents.
Unity in Community for its financial aid programs to assist county residents with electric, fuel, medical and dental bills, rent and mortgage payments, and food, clothing and household needs.
The Bridge Ministry to support a two-phased rehabilitation program to provide mentoring, vocational skills, and education to help recovering male addicts support their families.
The BridgeLine to support vocational daycare and case management programs for adults with brain injuries in the county.
Free Book Bus to support book purchases and fuel to bring a converted school bus public venues in Nelson County for book giveaways to youths.

Grants to two other organizations are contingent upon the organizations’ raising matching funds:
Nelson Heritage Center-Millennium Group to use toward raising funds to renovate an aging community gym.
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library to help finance a business center as part of a major expansion of the Nelson County Public Library.

To apply for a grant, click on the Grants tab on this website.

Mobile Rural Health Program is a Critical Link

Everyone assumes that in a rural health program is designed to serve residents in isolated, areas. But one of NCCF’s grantee organizations goes a step further by providing health care outreach to seasonal farm workers seen toiling in fields everywhere in Nelson County. The Blue Ridge Medical Center’s Rural Health Outreach Program (RHOP) sends a mobile medical unit with bilingual staff to area orchards. The health professionals assess and treat chronic medical conditions among the migrant workers on whom the orchards depend for their harvests. For some workers, it is the only medical care they can access. Orchard owners, who welcome migrants returning year after year, say the RHOP fills a vital need. Click here to read more about the RHOP in the September issue of Blue Ridge Life magazine.

Nelson County Community Development Foundation Seeks to Aid Low-income Residents

By Erin Conway, Aug 14, 2019

[The following excerpt is reprinted with permission from a recent article in The Nelson County Times. The Nelson County Community Development Foundation has received several grants from NCCF to help further its critical mission in Nelson County.]

After Linda Martini’s heater went bad last winter and filled her house with smoke, she turned to a number of different government entities to help her with funding for a new one to no avail before finding success with the Nelson County Community Development Foundation. “It was a lifesaver. I don’t know what I would have done without them. It was an answered prayer,” Martini said. Martini’s story isn’t unlike many others in the county who utilize NCCDF, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the affordable housing issue in the county. By the end of fiscal year 2018, the nonprofit brought more than $600,000 in total funding to Nelson County because of the programs they offer to low-income individuals and families. $61,307 of that was in tax revenue. The Housing Choice voucher program generated over $300,000 in payments to Nelson Landlords. Click here to continue reading this article

Contact Us

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.

Nelson County Community Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 253
Nellysford, VA 22958

(434) 260-1843

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