Community Foundation of the Virginias Inc

Grants and Scholarships

In its more than 20 years of grantmaking, the Community Foundation has supported dozens of worthwhile community organizations and projects and hundreds of deserving students with scholarship assistance.


With the inclusion of the 2023 awards, the foundation has returned more than $5,532,404 to the area since 1997 in grants and scholarships.


Below is information about the foundation’s Grants Program and Scholarships Program.


Lists of Grants and Scholarships for the last several years can be found at the bottom of the page.


The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. met Tuesday, September 12 and voted to approve 80 grants totaling $479,795.69. This represents the foundation’s 25th annual grant cycle supporting local nonprofit groups.


Applying for Grants in 2024


The Grants Cycle will be open for applications early in the year.

You may download the Guidelines and Application with these links:

Grants Guidelines

Grants Application


The Grants Committee is chaired by Kathleen Blaydes and is composed of Maggie Asbury, Mary Jo Babbitt, Gene Bailey, Carol Cofer, Deborah Garton, Craig Hammond, Stacey Hicks, Cathy Corte Payne, Mike Swatts, Peter Taylor, Daniel Wells, and *Cathy Zimmerman.


The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation met in May, 2023. It approved 150 scholarship recommendations for 81 recipients totaling $419,000 in awards from the Scholarship Committee.


These students are graduating seniors at high schools in Mercer, McDowell, and Fayette counties in West Virginia, and Tazewell County, Virginia, or are college students who have been awarded a scholarship on a continuing basis.


The awards came from 51 individual scholarship funds and benefit students from local high schools, as well as several existing college students who qualified for awards to continue their education. The scholarships help students attending a large number of colleges and universities.


Scholarship recipients are chosen through a competitive application process by the Scholarship Committee. Members of the Committee are Tom Chaffins, Chairman; Gene Bailey, Deborah Garton, Lisa Lineberry, Cathy Corte Payne, Peter Taylor, and Cathy Zimmerman.

Information for Scholarship Seekers

The 2024 Scholarship Application period will begin in February.

Applying for Scholarships in 2024

Some scholarships will have a blue circle icon with an “i” in it. Hold your mouse over this icon for important information about this scholarship’s requirements.


To begin the application process, follow this link, and follow the instructions for “Create New Account.”


If you have any trouble with the online application, email with an explanation of your problem. We will respond as promptly as possible to your problem.


If you have questions about scholarships offered by the Community Foundation that are not answered on the Web site, please contact the Foundation office (304) 324-0222 or email: