Grants are made to tax-exempt organizations and institutions that have received a 501(c)(3) classification from the Internal Revenue Service.

Consideration will be given to proposals that contribute to the betterment of our communities. Proposals with the potential to achieve significant results with a moderate amount of grant money are most favored by the Distribution Committee and the Board of Directors.  Needs served are broad in scope and include human services, education, health, the arts and the humanities.

Organizations may submit a grant application during one, but not both, of our semi-annual grant cycles per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).  In addition, organizations may submit a grant application for the Century Fund in February. 

Fall Competitive Grant Cycle: Application portal is open August 15 - September 15

Spring Competitive Grant Cycle: Application portal is open February 15 - March 15 

Century Fund:  Application portal is open  February 1 - February 28

The Century Fund provides the opportunity for GLCF to provide significant funding for a transformational project in our region through an annual grant of $100,000. 

A transformational project is one that:  

  • Fundamentally changes how a non-profit functions
  • Nets positive results for the nonprofit and those it serves
  • Results in positive, innovative, and significant change for the organization and our community
  • Significantly improves or creates a new service, facility, or program of the organization
  • Creates new opportunities or resources for many people in our community
  • Is a significant step forward for the nonprofit organization, while remaining within the scope of their mission

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be nonprofit organizations serving the city of Lynchburg and/or the surrounding counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell that are organized and operated for charitable purposes and recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt public charities under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Public educational institutions without an IRS determination letter may also be eligible to receive grants.


1. Grants from the Century Fund will be $100,000. They will not be divided among different projects.


2. Organizations applying for a Century Fund grant should:
    a. Demonstrate that the project is a strong fit with their organization’s mission and is aligned with a board-adopted strategic plan
    b. Have a track record of providing effective programs to their target population
    c. Have a history of strong financial management
    d. Have a structured business plan for ongoing financial and community support to ensure continuation of the program or construction project
    e. Include clearly stated goals, timeline, skill and/or behavioral outcomes
    f. Be able to measure the program or project’s effectiveness in achieving its stated objective(s) and commit to reporting that to the GLCF
    g. Demonstrate efforts to creatively collaborate with other organizations or agencies.
3. The application process for the Century Fund grant is separate from GLCF’s normal grant cycles. Applications will be accepted (February 1 - February 28) each year.  The Century Fund grant, if awarded, will be announced by the end of June each year.


4. The grant may be for programs or projects, including bricks and mortar.


5. The Century Fund grant must be a significant portion of the total amount needed to complete the project or program.


6. The Century Fund grant may or may not be awarded in a given year if, in the judgment of GLCF, no applications meet the criteria for granting. 

Applications are due by March 15 to be considered by the Committee.

Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation