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Letter of Intent

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Foundation for Roanoke Valley awards grants for a broad array of charitable purposes to benefit the communities we serve. The Foundation uses a LOI Process to bring potential grant opportunities to its attention that fall within the following funding priority areas:

  1. Basic Human Needs
    The Foundation is currently accepting letters of intent for programs or projects that clearly and specifically:
    • promote or provide access to essential health services, with an emphasis on quality oral health care for unserved or underserved populations;
    • promote healthy lifestyles, nutrition and improved fitness;
    • provide stable and affordable housing, with an emphasis on those who are precariously housed, those who are newly homeless, or those who are transitioning from shelters and crisis situations to more permanent housing; and/or
    • provide services to individuals with special needs.
  2. Economic Development
    The Foundation is currently accepting letters of intent for programs or projects that clearly and specifically:
    • provide workforce development programs that train and educate individuals to meet the needs of local business for skilled workers; and/or
    • demonstrate the important role that arts and cultural organizations play in attracting and retaining businesses.
  3. Education
    The Foundation is currently accepting letters of intent for programs or projects that clearly and specifically:
    • promote academic success (and ultimately career success) for pre-K-12 students, with an emphasis on improving student performance and interest in math and science;
    • encourage literacy efforts across all ages; and/or
    • provide after-school or summer educational programs.

Agencies may submit only ONE LOI Phase I Application anytime during the Foundation's fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), and applications must be submitted online.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: An agency may only have ONE active LOI at any time.  If there is an urgent need to submit a second LOI, you must contact Michelle Eberly to discuss.

If a LOI Phase I Application is selected for further consideration, staff will notify the organization of the Phase II Application deadline and additional materials required.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: If a LOI Phase I is denied, the organization MUST wait 12 months from the date of the denial letter or email to resubmit the SAME request.

Phase II Applications will be reviewed by staff and the grants committee, and site visits may be conducted, if appropriate.

Who is currently eligible to apply for grants?
Qualified charitable organizations in the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke.

What Projects and Programs Appeal to the Foundation?
The Foundation looks for projects and programs where a moderate amount of grant money can produce a significant result. We look for innovative but practical approaches to solving community problems. Grantees should show a well-planned approach to important public issues; a base of other support (financial, participatory and voluntary); efficient use of community resources; involvement of underserved constituencies; and coordination, cooperation and sharing among nonprofit organizations and elimination of project duplication.

What Does the Foundation Typically Not Support?
Foundation grants are usually awarded for the accomplishment of a definite purpose within a specified time period - normally not more than one year. The Foundation's discretionary funds typically do not support deficit reduction, capital campaigns or endowments, fundraising events, sectarian, fraternal or religious programs, or individuals.

How to Apply?

Foundation for Roanoke Valley uses an ONLINE grant application process.  No paper applications will be accepted. 


                                                                 ONLINE GRANT APPLICATION 



If you have questions about the online grant application please refer to the APPLICANT TUTORIAL before contacting Foundation staff. For all other questions, please contact Michelle Eberly at 540.985.0204.