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Disaster Relief Fund

An effective response, regardless of where a natural disaster occurs, requires sustained involvement on behalf of donors, responding organizations and a myriad of other actors.  The bulk of disaster dollars are often allocated during the emergency humanitarian relief phase (with a focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care).  Emergency relief is vital.  Still, experts agree that disaster relief dollars are insufficient to meet the medium- and long-term needs of disaster-affected communities. 

 Community Foundation of Western Virginia, Inc. (d/b/a Foundation for Roanoke Valley and Martinsville Area Community Foundation) has established a Disaster Relief Fund in order to respond to  catastrophic events as they occur.

 How will the Disaster Relief Funds be used?

100% of all donations (except any online credit card processing fees) will be used to respond to the complete timeline of the disaster management effort: from immediate relief to recovery, and then to reconstruction and rebuilding.

Who will the funds support?

The Disaster Relief Fund will support nonprofit organizations and public entities that have a defined role in short-term and long-term recovery efforts by providing critical services to individuals, families and communities impacted by the disaster.  Each nonprofit or public entity who receives disaster relief funds will be carefully vetted by the Foundation to insure the most effective and efficient use of the monies raised.

How can I make a donation?

Donations can be made online here. Checks can be mailed to Martinsville Area Community Foundation at P.O. Box 1124, Martinsville, VA  24114. Please designate your gift for “Disaster Relief”.  Donor Advisors may also recommend a grant to the Disaster Relief Fund by submitting a Donor Advised Fund Grant Recommendation Form.  All gifts are tax-deductible.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are questions commonly asked about the Foundation's Scholarship Program.

  • Q: How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?
    A: There is no charge to apply.
  • Q: Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
    A: Yes, you can apply to all the funds for which you are eligible.
  • Q: Do I need to pay scholarship money back?
    A: Unlike student loans, these are charitable grants that do not need to be repaid.
  • Q: If I am awarded a scholarship, do I receive the check?
    A: Typically, checks are sent directly to your college or university in your name after July 1 of each year.
  • Q: If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award for the following year?
    A: Not all scholarships are renewable. If the scholarship you received is renewable, it is your responsibility to contact the Foundation if you plan to re-enroll for the following year. The Foundation typically requires a transcript before considering any renewals. It is important to do this early so that others can receive a scholarship if you do not plan on continuing your studies.
  • Q: When will I be notified if I am selected for a scholarship?
    A: Scholarship awards are made between April and May depending on the scholarship. If selected you will receive an email from the Foundation. 
  • Q: What do scholarship funds typically cover?
    A: Typically, scholarship funds can be used for tuition, books, fees and other appropriate educational expenses.
  • Q: If I want to send a thank you note, where do I send it?
    A: The Foundation strongly encourages all scholarship recipients to extend their gratitude to donors who generously provide higher-education scholarship assistance. Address a thank you note to the name of the scholarship you received, and mail it to Martinsville Area Community Foundation P. O. Box 1124 Martinsville, VA 24114.