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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.

Grants Programs

The Martinsville Area Community Foundation awards grants for a broad array of charitable purposes to benefit the communities we serve. Qualified charitable organizations are eligible to apply to the funds listed below if your program meets the Fund's criteria.  


Applicants are required to submit proposals using our ONLINE application process. 

                       Click here to apply > ONLINE GRANT APPLICATION

Questions? Direct all inquiries about the grant process or application to April Haynes or Kara Gilley at 276-656-6223.

Grant Opportunities

Community Impact Funds- The Foundation holds and administers a number of Unrestricted Funds. These funds were established by donors to meet a broad range of community needs as determined by MACF Board and staff. Collectively, these funds will be called, "Community Impact Funds". Your grant request must be between $500 and $1,000. These funds are typically made available in November of each year. 

  • Ivey C. Stone Fund
  • Martinsville Area Unrestricted Fund
  • Kathryn Ascough Smith Memorial Fund
  • William H. Bason Jr. Unrestricted Fund

Special Interest Grants- These grants are made up of the Foundation's Field-of-Interest Funds. A description of each fund is below. Applicants will need to complete only one application with all the required documents to apply to all health and quality of life funds. Grant requests must be between $250 and $50,000. Organizations that submit an application will be asked to make a short presentation on your proposal to Foundation staff and board members.  These funds are typically made available in February and August of each year. 

  • Cancer Center Fund- makes grants to provide and promote health services and educational, diagnostic and treatment resources to victims of cancer and related conditions in the Martinsville community. 
  • Dr. John D. French Legacy Fund was established by Linda M. French in memory of her husband, John. This fund will support organizations serving children and families.
  • Hermes Family Fund- makes grants generally to provide and promote breast health services and encourage the development of diagnostic and treatment options for residents of the Martinsville community and to support other charitable activities and projects that improve the quality of life in the Martinsville community.
  • Hospice Fund- makes grants to provide assistance and services to any needy resident of the Martinsville Community with end-of-life medical needs and expenses, and such assistance may be provided directly to such needy residents and/or by grants to organizations exempt from federal income tax. 
  • Martinsville Area Endowment Fund- makes grants to provide health services to needy residents of the Martinsville community, to support health-related teaching, educational and research programs and generally to provide for the medical care of the Martinsville community. 
  • Medical Education Fund- makes grants for the support of continuing medical education for students in the Martinsville Community and healthcare professionals who practice in the Martinsville Community, regardless of those professionals' employment relationship or affiliation. 
  •  Robert Harrison Smith Memorial Fund was established in memory of Harrison Smith and supports organizations that assist handicapped or disabled persons. Priority will be given to organizations that provide assistive equipment to individuals with disabilities.

Women In Philanthropy Fund -  Women In Philanthropy an initiative of Martinsville Area Community Foundation. It is a member-driven group of women that pool resources together to make large-impact grants to local non-profit organizations. MACF will issue Requests for Proposals in June from local qualified charitable organizations.  Proposals must be at least a $10,000 request. Applications are due in July. Each applicant organization will make a presentation to WIP members about its proposal. All WIP members receive the proposals and a ballot to vote for their chosen organization. The agency or agencies who receive the most votes will be awarded a large impact grant of at least $10,000. Grants will be awarded at a special WIP event in September.