Most of our grants are made in response to an application, i.e. responsive grantmaking. JRF Responsive Grants typically range from $5,000 to $50,000, though organizations are not limited to this range in their application. There is one Responsive Grant Cycle a year. Organizations interested in applying should submit an online Letter of Intent (LOI) by June 1, and grant checks are awarded in December to fund projects for the following calendar year.

The following types of support are available to eligible organizations through JRF grants:

  • Program and service support
  • General operating support
  • Emergency/disaster prevention and recovery
  • Capital project support / special equipment

The Foundation may issue challenge and matching grants at its discretion.

As a rule, the Foundation does not provide multi-year funding or funding for the following areas:

  • For-profit endeavors
  • Political or religious activities
  • Food and beverage
  • Community and economic development
  • Endowments (outside of those administered by the Foundation)

In any case, the Foundation reserves the right to exercise its discretion in the interest of advancing its mission.

NEW APPLICANTS: We encourage organizations that have not applied before or have been previously denied to contact staff before applying, in early spring. Please contact:

Kiffy M. Werkheiser,
Director of Community Engagement
[email protected]
(804) 458-2239

Community contribution grant applications are accepted year-round and awarded to charitable organizations in the Tri-Cities region of Virginia for programs, projects, and events. Organizations who have received a JRF Responsive Grant are still eligible to apply. Award amounts do not exceed $1,500, and decisions are typically made within three weeks of submitting your application. Standard JRF grant eligibility criteria applies.