CACF Awards $283k in Grants to Ten Area Nonprofits

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation is giving $283,000 in grants to ten local non-profits

June 12, 2014

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) is giving $283,000 in grants to ten local non-profits.

Two of the grants support access to post-secondary education and are to agencies who have not received grants before:

- Virginia College Advising Corps: $50,000 will support the placement of college advisers in CACF area high schools to help low-income, under-represented, and first generation students matriculate to post-secondary education.

- Virginia Foundation for Community College Education: $30,000 will support the Great Expectations program at Piedmont Virginia Community College, which helps current and former foster youth access higher education and transition to adulthood.

Two of the grants support local housing initiatives:

- Albemarle Housing Improvement Program: $50,000 will support the Block-by-Block Charlottesville initiative which keeps homeowners safe at home while revitalizing, preserving, and improving Charlottesville’s historic 10th & Page neighborhood.

- Greater Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity: $40,000 will support the construction costs of homes for low-income families in the Elliot Avenue mixed income community.

The other grants were awarded to:

- Blue Ridge Area Food Bank: $18,700 will support the “Mobile Food Pantry” initiative to provide low-income individuals and families living in underserved communities with wholesome food, including fresh produce, meat and dairy.

- City Schoolyard Garden: $47,500 will support the expansion of garden-based experiential learning in six Charlottesville elementary schools.

- Community Investment Collaborative: $20,000 will support an Entrepreneurial Engagement Program to expand the access of small businesses to information, tools, and resources.

- Ellis Acres Memorial Park: $17,300 will help complete renovation at the community center in Buckingham County..

- Paramount Theater: $20,000 will support upgraded digital projection and audio systems

- Shenandoah National Park Trust: $12,000 will support park-based experiential educational programs for underserved youth and their teachers.

Twice a year, CACF awards gifts through a competitive grant cycle. Applicants seeking a grant for the December grant cycle of up to $10,000 must apply by October 1, 2014. Additional information on cycle can be found at the link on the side of the page.

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