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Grants are available from the Williamsburg Community Foundation. Here’s how to apply

There’s a number of grant opportunities for organizations serving greater Williamsburg — Williamsburg, James City County and the Bruton District of York County — from the Williamsburg Community Foundation.

The foundation is interested in receiving applications from organizations that “support a broad range of community enrichment opportunities and respond to changing community needs,” according to a news release from the foundation.

 The deadline to apply is midnight June 17, 2020.

Grants are available during the fall round. Complete guidelines and application materials can be found on the Foundation website.

There are several important changes to the grants process this year given the impact of the coronavirus, according to the foundation.

For example, some organizations will be eligible to apply for funding to cover general operating expenses if they have lost revenue, or experienced an increase in the volume of their services, due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Applicants should review the “FAQs – Changes to the Grants Process for 2020” before beginning a new application.

Worth noting: Grants from the new Community Emergency Response Fund are not included in the fall grant round.

Organizations will be invited to apply for these emergency grants. The next round of emergency grants will be awarded in mid-May, with an emphasis on meeting the needs for food, shelter and transportation for those hardest hit by COVID-19.

Grant opportunities

Community Endowment Grants

  • Must benefit residents in the Williamsburg Community Foundation service area, which encompasses Williamsburg, James City County and the Bruton District of York   Supports local programs in five key areas:
  • For the Fall 2020 Round only, past foundation competitive grant recipients that received a competitive grant in the last three years (2017-2019) are eligible to apply for operating support due to revenue loss and/or increased services provided as a result of COVID-19. All others may apply for regular program/capital grants.
  • Grants up to $5,000
  • Deadline: June 17, 2020

Benjamin R. Altshuler Memorial Fund Transportation Grants

  • Supports programs which provide transportation including public transportation.
  • Preference for programs assisting low-income residents and those without ready access to a car.
  • Grants up to $5,000
  • Deadline: June 17, 2020

An Occasion for the Arts Fund

  • Established by An Occasion for the Arts.
  • Supports programs in visual arts such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, print making, ceramics, jewelry making, metal crafting, wood working, and glasswork. Preference for programs with positive community impact.
  • Grants up to $1,400
  • Deadline: June 17, 2020

Fund for Women and Girls

  • Supports programs for women and girls in greater Williamsburg, with preference given to programs that assist low income women and girls.
  • Grants up to $1,000
  • Deadline: June 17, 2020

Benjamin R. Altshuler Memorial Fund Amateur Sports Grants

  • Provide financial assistance to amateur sports programs, with a preference for wrestling, but also in other athletic programs that are not readily available to the public (i.e. fencing, lacrosse, boxing, marksmanship, crew, etc.).
  • Preference will be given to applications which support low to moderate income children and youth.
  • Grants up to $5,000
  • Deadline: TBD, October 2020

Grant guidelines and application materials may be found here.

Applicants may apply for a Community Endowment grant and/or one of the others above. Generally, an organization will receive only one grant in a year.  Contact Williamsburg Community Foundation with any questions: 757-259-1660 or email at

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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