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Special Interest Grants

The Foundation holds and administers a number of Field-of-Interest Funds. These Funds were established by donors who wanted to support a particular charitable area of interest. Starting in October, 2014, Foundation Staff will dedicate two or more months throughout the year to one or more Field-of-Interest Funds. An invitation will be sent via Constant Contact email to organizations requesting to sign up to present on their program on a date TBD. The organization’s project/program MUST fit within the area of interest, and MUST be a program/project that is currently being offered. Upon the presentation, Foundation Staff will then determine whether an invitation to submit an application would be appropriate. The application will then go through the Foundation’s normal application process. These grants will be large in size, ranging from $20,000 to $100,000+.


Marion S. and Willie Z. Camp Fund for Eldercare – For the support and care of elderly indigent residents of the Roanoke Valley.
Mary Louise Home Fund – To address the needs of the elderly in the Roanoke Valley.

September/October- Presentations held
December- Application deadline
January -Grant announcements made

The Earl D. and Carrie Leigh Doran Fund – To help individuals and families who are confronting catastrophic, life-altering circumstances and also supports agencies which provide shelter, care, and assistance to battered women.

February - Presentations held
March- Application deadline
April -Grant announcements made