Benefitting Our Community

Smyth County Community Foundation is devoted to the health, wellness, and education of all residents of Smyth County. We have developed a grant process for individuals and organizations to request grant funding for projects that specifically benefit area communities and residents.

We partner with donors and non-profits to offer two types of grants:

  • Charitable Fund Grants: those supported through our Charitable Fund for projects promoting the Foundation’s Focused Priorities
  • Donor-Supported Grants: those supported by funds established through gifts from donors in our community to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations across our community.

Charitable Fund Grants

Please read this information in full before completing your grant application.

Focused Priorities

Our focused priorities for grantmaking, scholarships, and activities across SCCF include:
  • Health
  • Wellness
  • Education

Grant Cycles

SCCF offers two grant cycles per year.  For consideration during our Winter Cycle, grant applications must be received by January 1.  Grant applications must be received by July 1 for consideration during our Summer Cycle.

Eligibility Requirements

The following entities are eligible to apply for a SCCF grant:

  • A community-based public or private non-profit holding a 501(c)(3) tax exemption status and classified as a 509(a) or 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) foundation
  • A governmental agency
  • A mission-related organization utilizing a SCCF-approved 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor
  • Faith-based organization (for non-religious programs serving the broader community)

In addition to meeting the above eligibility requirements, SCCF gives the highest priority to grant applications that:

  • Clearly align with the Foundation’s focused priorities
  • Are collaborative with other non-profit organizations
  • Have other funding sources
  • Impact multiple areas of need
  • Do not duplicate existing services provided in our community
  • Can yield and share relevant outcomes that advance SCCF’s mission
  • Present clear, compelling, and credible evidence of need

What SCCF Generally Does Not Fund

  • directly to individuals (except for scholarships and some endowments)
  • projects outside our community
  • political activities
  • for-profit organizations
  • purposes that are identified as typical financial and budgetary responsibilities
  • debt reduction
  • amateur athletic organizations

However, SCCF reserves the right to exercise discretion in the interest of advancing its mission. If you have any questions about our grant application, award cycles, or eligibility, reach out to us at

Donor-Supported Grants

More information about donor-supported grants will be coming soon.

Linda Helton and Mike Robinson with the Smyth County Community Foundation presented a matching grant to Mayor David Helms and the Marion Town Council for their project to upgrade Ogburn Park.

Support Smyth County Community Foundation

We appreciate your contribution to our scholarship and grant-making endowments.

If you would like to send a check instead, address it to Smyth County Community Foundation and include the scholarship or endowment name on the “For” line. Please mail your check to 1 Health Way, Marion, VA 24354​​​​.