Apply for a Grant

Grant Applications and Deadlines

Please submit a grant application, grant budget and any required attachments by the deadline indicated below.

Grant (Award Date)ApplicationDeadline(s)
Community Endowment (March 2023)Opens October 2022December 15, 2022
An Occasion for the Arts (March 2023)Opens October, 2022December 15, 2022
Genevieve McGiffert Fund for the Musical Performing Arts (March 2023)Opens October, 2022December 15, 2022
Altshuler Memorial Fund Transportation Grant (September, 2023)Opens May 2023June 2023
Fund for Women and Girls (September 2023)Opens May 2023June 2023
Altshuler Amateur Sports Grant (December 2022)APPLYSeptember 25, 2022


Rules for submitting applications:

  1. Read carefully the Grant Guidelines and Policies before completing the Grant Application and Budget Forms.
  2. Fill out the on-line application using the appropriate link above. Once you begin the online application, you can save and return to it as needed. Please do not start multiple applications.
  3. DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THE PROGRAM/PROJECT BUDGET FORM.
  4. Both application and budget forms must be filled out completely for an applicant to be considered. For example, please review the Sample Budget Form and Sample Budget Narrative.
  5. If you are applying for more than one grant opportunity, please fill out a separate application and budget form for each grant.
  6. Applications must be completed by the deadline.
  7. Only applications completed on-line will be accepted.
  8. Applications will not be accepted if the organization’s final grant report for a previous grant is overdue. 
  9. Applicants may apply for a Community Endowment grant and/or one of the other grants. Generally, an organization will receive only one Community Endowment grant in a calendar year (January – December). It is possible to receive both a Community Endowment grant and a grant from another fund within the same year.

We will be glad to answer any questions about the format or grant process, and we look forward to learning more about your ideas for enriching greater Williamsburg.

Call 757-259-1660 with questions prior to submitting your application.

The Foundation is interested in receiving applications from organizations that support a broad range of community enrichment opportunities and respond to changing community needs.

We have reframed our grant priorities to better reflect how our grant investments impact the community through five specific areas of interest: Arts & Culture, Children & Young Adults, Environment & Conservation, Health & Community Wellness, and Senior Services.

Funding Cycle and Grant Deadlines

The Williamsburg Community Foundation has two grant rounds, fall and spring. Awards are announced in March and September.

Spring Grants

  • Grants Available:  Community Endowment Grants, Genevieve McGiffert Fund for the Musical Performing Arts, An Occasion for the Arts grants
  • Application Available:  October 2022
  • Deadline: Mid-December, 2022
  • Grants Awarded:  March 2023

Fall Grants

  • Community Endowment, Williamsburg Fund for Women and Girls, and Benjamin R. Altshuler Memorial Fund Transportation grants
    • Application Available: Mid-May, 2022
    • Deadline: June 15, 2022
    • Grants Awarded: September 28, 2022
  • Altshuler Amateur Sports Grants
    • Application Available: Mid-May, 2022
    • Deadline: September 25, 2022
    • Awards announced in December 2022

Grant Opportunities

Community Endowment Grants

  • Support for a diverse range of philanthropic purposes including the arts, civic affairs, community development, conservation, cultural activities, education, historic preservation, social services and other fields that benefit citizens in its service area, which encompasses Williamsburg, James City County and York County.
  • Grants up to $5,000


Benjamin R. Altshuler Memorial Fund Transportation Grants

  • Established by the Estate of Benjamin Altshuler to make transportation accessible and affordable enabling all residents of the area to participate in community life
  • 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
  • Note: Organizations are only eligible to receive three consecutive years of transportation funding. They must wait for at least a year before applying again. Call the WCF office (757-259-1660) if you have questions regarding eligibility.


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


Fund for Women and Girls

  • Established by Stephanie and Bob King to support programs for women and girls in need in the greater Williamsburg area.
  • Supports programs for women and girls
  • Preference given to programs that assist low income women and girls
  • Grants up to $1,000


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.
  • The grant aims to promote participation in sports by youth who would not otherwise be able to participate, particularly in sports that are not as well-known or as well-funded.
  • For wrestling: school or club programs must be within the Bay Rivers District, which includes towns served by these high schools: Bruton, Grafton, Jamestown, Lafayette, New Kent, Poquoson, Smithfield, Tabb, Warhill, and York.
  • For all other sports: must serve the Historic Triangle area (James City County, York County, and City of Williamsburg.)
  • Grants may support public school teams, club teams, and/or nonprofit sports programs. For-profit sports programs are not eligible to apply. Private schools may apply, but will be given lower priority.
  • Funds may be used to support scholarships to players, expenses for officials, and/or for equipment and uniforms. Funds may not be used to support hotel rooms, travel or coaches’ salaries.
  • Preference will be given to applications which support low to moderate income children and youth.
  • Grants up to $5,000


Genevieve McGiffert Fund for the Musical Performing Arts

  • Established by Linda and Donald Baker and Michael McGiffert to support vocal performances for adults.
  • Supports vocal music performances intended for a primarily adult audience
  • Grants up to $1,600

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 calendar year (January – December).

Questions? Contact us.