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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.

Application and Instructions

The scholarship application deadline is February 15, 2019. 

It is highly recommended that you review the Application Instructions BEFORE proceeding to the online application. 

Martinsville Area Community Foundation Scholarship Online Application Instructions

Applications must be submitted online and you need only to complete ONE application.
Complete all required parts of the application in order for you to submit your application.


  • Please add the email address to your safe sender email list. All correspondence will be done via this email and it is important that you receive all emails.
  • The application requires several uploaded documents. The following file types will NOT be accepted and your application will be considered incomplete. msg, tex, zip, odt, html, pages, exe, jar, cmd, jpeg. 
  • File types that will be accepted include pdf, Word and Excel formatted documents.
  • If you have graduated from high school or have never been enrolled in college, you must request a copy of your high school transcript from your high school guidance office. This request will be done via email through your application. Please make sure you let your guidance counselor know so that he/she will be expecting an email from ""
  • If you are currently enrolled in college, you must upload a copy of your official or unofficial college transcript. If you have only been enrolled for one semester, please submit whatever school record available. 
  • The scholarship application requires an essay. You can compose your essay and upload it onto the online application. File types that will be accepted include pdf and Word documents.
  • A current resume is required to be uploaded into the online application. Please include your academic/scholastic activities (clubs, student government, National Honor Society, etc), sports, community activities (civic activities, clubs, volunteer work, faith activities, etc), the number of years you have participated and your leadership position, letters earned, awards received, and recognition. Please include the number of hours spent on each activity. Additionally, please include your work experiences such as self-employment, employer name, nature of work, supervisory positions held, and dates employed. (Maximum 2 pages) File types that will be accepted include pdf and Word documents.
  • You must also upload your complete FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) including all pages. Applications without this document will not be considered. File types that will be accepted include pdf and Word documents.
To proceed to the online application login page, CLICK HERE.