Cville Gives is a giving circle comprised of community-minded professionals who pool their charitable dollars into a fund and decide annually as a group which local nonprofits to support. For our third year, Cville Gives is excited to have approximately $10,000 to grant.

About the Cville Gives Grantmaking Program

Cville Gives has formed a Grants Committee who will review proposals and recommend a slate of finalists to the full Cville Gives membership. The membership may choose to grant one large grant or to provide smaller grants to multiple organizations. Additionally, the membership may opt to partially or fully fund requests based on the quality of proposals.

This year’s theme is Food Insecurity. We will hear from our finalists at Grant Finalists’ Night on Tuesday, March 19 and announce our winner on Monday, April 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 at Common House to kick off the Tom Tom Founders Festival

This year’s finalists:

How to Apply

Cville Gives requires an application addressed to the membership of the group. The application deadline was Wednesday, January 16, 2019. Applications must be submitted via email in one PDF document to

Please click the button below to see the Grant RFP.

Below are the questions we received during the open question period, and their answers. We look forward to reading your application!

  • Does this opportunity include the outlying counties?
    • The focus of Cville Gives is to give grants to organizations or activities benefiting the community in the City of Charlottesville or Albemarle County. While organizations based outside of this target area may apply, the application should clearly articulate how at least some benefit from the funded activities will target or reach populations in either the City of Charlottesville or Albemarle County.
  • On this year’s theme, Food Insecurity, are all recipients usually related to the theme of that year?
    • Generally speaking, yes, the recipient of our past grants have been those who relate to that year’s theme, however this is not required. We encourage applicants to submit a compelling application that addresses the theme as narrowly or as broadly as may suit the mission and activities of their respective organization.