Next NCCF Grant Deadline: June 30, 2023
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NCCF has decades of experience helping other LOCAL nonprofits serve Nelson County residents
One is the Nelson Heritage Center which sponsors a food bank distribution and a host of other community services.
NCCF at a Glance
- Founder: Gordon Smyth in 2000
- Total number of grants awarded: 306
- Total awards value to date: $2 million
- Average grant size: $6,400
- Number of local nonprofits receiving grants: 70+
Having fun fund-raising
NCCF is known for its rollicking fund-raising events, from masquerade balls to a costumed Road Rally Scavenger Hunt throughout Nelson County. These events are a chance to dress up and party, while bringing local businesses, nonprofits, and the community together—all for a good cause.
Support for the Young
Now more than ever, NCCF grants are needed to support youth educational, esteem-building, and environmental awareness programs
Support for Elders
Whether it’s help building an access ramp, or paying for needed medications, nonprofits that support seniors continue to rely to NCCF grants to fund such programs.
Sickle Cell Awareness/Blood Drive is a Huge Success
Krystal Vest(L), Nelson County resident, and Natasha Hudson Gray, Nelson County native and American Red Cross Central Virginia Board Member, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee Chair and Diverse Blood Donor – Sickle Cell Initiative Lead were two of the more than 30 participants in a special Sickle Cell awareness blood drive by the American Red Cross, held recently at the Nelson Heritage Center. ARC is seeking black blood donors to address a critical shortage of blood to treat the deadly blood disorder.
Getting Families Involved
NCCF partners with local businesses to offer family fun—like a foot race at Thanksgiving—while raising money to give back to the community.
Improving Access to Health Care
NCCF grants have supported awareness and access to health care for rural communities.
NCCF has decades of experience helping other LOCAL nonprofits serve
Nelson County residents.
Half our school children rely on free/reduced-cost school meals. Many seniors can’t afford medications. High school students must bypass college due to costs.
Through its grant-making, NCCF provides financial support to local nonprofits and governmental agencies that aid people in need in Nelson County.
NCCF relies on generous individual donors, as well as partnering with area businesses and community groups to support fundraisers such as its “Opportunity Ball”.
Each year we award thousands of dollars in grants to nonprofits providing health and dental care, feeding the hungry, promoting
education and much more.
Words of gratitude from NCCF grantees…
“The Mobile Food Pantry in Nelson County distributes nutritious fresh food and healthy staples to low-income residents in your rural county where groceries stores, and food pantries, are often scarce. Thank you for joining us in this important effort.”
Michael McKee, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
“Thank you for supporting the SARA…. Your grant [helps] keep free, comprehensive services available to survivors and their loved ones”
—Sexual Assault Resource Agency
“…I don’t have a big education [but] thank you to all the people that has (sic) helped me with the dental treatment for my daughter…. The treatment has been very successful because my daughter is a lot better now…. Again, thank you for everything. God bless you all.”
-Mother of a pediatric dental patient, Blue Ridge Dental Center
“The vision of Habitat is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Your generous gift is helping to bring this vision to life!”
Jayne Johnson, Piedmont Habitat for Humanity
“We are so fortunate and honored to have received funding from the Nelson County Community Fund for our health center. Your generous investment in the BRMC is already being put to use for our patients!”
Richard D. Shinn, Blue Ridge Medical Center
The funding from the Nelson County Community Fund to host blood drives in Nelson County is a huge help in providing these life-saving blood products.
Adam Spencer, American Red Cross
How You Can Give
Whether you donate online or by check, once a year or once a month, every dollar helps us fulfill our mission. Click on the icon above to donate today.
Have an interest in helping with one of our fundraisers, or serving on NCCF’s all-volunteer Board of Directors? If so, click on the icon above to volunteer today.
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Another way to support NCCF is through our vehicle donation program. Click on the icon above to donate your old car cost-free and hassle-free
Leave a Legacy
Give the gift that keeps on giving to your neighbors in need by making a legacy donation
Nelson County Board of Supervisors Endorses NCCF’s Mission
After a brief presentation recently by NCCF board members, the Nelson County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution endorsing NCCF’s mission and its longstanding support of local nonprofits serving the county. The Resolution specifically acknowledged NCCF for “its contributions and encourag[ed] continued support for its efforts to address critical needs in Nelson County.”
Six Local Nonprofits Awarded New Grants
NCCF recently awarded six new grants totaling $41,500 to local nonprofits addressing a range of important issues and needs:
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Central Virginia will use the grant to recruit CASA volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in Nelson County.
- All Blessings Flow is a faith-based organization that will use the funds to expand its outreach in Nelson County to make medical equipment and supplies available for free to underprivileged families living with disabilities and serious health conditions.
- Central Virginia Farm Workers Initiative (CVFWI) will use the grant to fund its Healthy Farm Workers initiative, offering health checks and preventative services, with a focus on diabetes and hypertension.
- ReadyKids will fund expanded outreach in Nelson County of its home visiting services to mothers and their young children to promote positive parent-child interactions, healthy childhood growth, and family well-being.
- Foothills Child Advocacy Center with use the support to organize and conduct child abuse prevention programs for parents, caregivers, and mandated reporters (teachers, daycare workers, etc.).
- The Millennium Group, in support of the Nelson Heritage Center, will use its grant to upgrade, renovate, and provide training in the computer/Learning Leading Lab, making it available to students after hours and during the summer, as well as community residents who may not otherwise have access to computers.
Since its inception 23 years ago, NCCF has awarded over 300 grants, totaling nearly $2 million, to 67 organizations. The deadline for applying for the next grant award cycle is June 30, 2023.
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