Community Foundation of the Virginias Inc

A Community for
Generations To Come

Lending a Helping Hand to the Community

Trusted Grantmaking Public Charity in Bluefield, WV

The Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. promotes philanthropy by fostering charitable giving, serving our donors’ interests, and effectively responding to the needs and opportunities of communities in Mercer County, WV, Tazewell County, VA, and surrounding areas.


Through scholarships and grants in the areas of Education; the Arts, Culture, and the Humanities; Health; and Human Services, the Community Foundation matches the generosity of the people of our area with the needs of area organizations and individuals.


Grant Applications Now Being Accepted, Through June 30.


The Foundation’s 24th Annual Grants Cycles is underway. Please visit the Grants and Scholarships page to download the Grants Guidelines and the Grants Application.



Marine Corps Toys for Tots receives grant

Rodney Mayberry (left) is shown presenting a plaque expressing the appreciation of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots organization to Community Foundation Executive Director James Shott.


The Foundation’s $3,000 grant from the William D. Evans Fund was made to help fund the 2021 Toys for Tots program.

Foundation provides grant to Read Aloud of Mercer County

The Community Foundation funded a project for Read Aloud of Mercer County. The grant was for $4,250, for materials and activities for the “Leap into Science” and the “Snuggle and Read” programs. Funding came from the Rotary Club of Bluefield, WV Fund and the Unrestricted Fund.

Grants and Scholarships for 2021

The Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. awarded a total of $617,784.74 in Grants and Scholarships in 2021.


There were 111 total scholarships awarded to 71 recipients for a total of $278,800.00 in awards in May.
Thirty-seven graduating high school seniors received awards, and 35 college students received awards.
The Foundation appreciated the work of the Scholarships Committee: Carole Dodson, Chair; and members Gene Bailey; George Brooks; Tom Chaffins; Deborah Garton; Harry Kammer; Mary Raub; Dan Shortridge; Lisa Linberry; Sharon Webster; Cathy Zimmerman.
Fifty-five Grant recipients were approved in September in the Annual Grants Cycle for $333,276.23.
In addition, five grants from Donor-Designated Funds, and two grants from Donor-Advised Funds awarded an additional $5,708.51.
Total Grants awards totaled $338,984.74.
The Foundation appreciates the work of the Grants Committee: Bob Perkinson, Chair; and members Mary Azzo; Mary Jo Babbitt; Gene Bailey; Marie Blackwell; Kathleen Blaydes; Carole Dodson; Deborah Garton; Craig Hammond; Kermit Moore; Dan Shortridge; Mike Swatts; Peter Taylor; Daniel Wells; and Cathy Zimmerman.

Call us at (304) 324-0222 to learn more about our scholarships, grants, donation programs, and more.

Call us at (304) 324-0222 to learn more about our scholarships, grants, donation programs, and more.

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