MCF accepting 2019 grant applications

- Posted on Jan 09, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The Mathews Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, is accepting applications for its 2019 grants program.

The foundation offers a community grants program for eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and agencies providing programs or services that directly impact and improve the quality of life for Mathews County residents.

The deadline to apply for community grants is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4, with awards announced in May. All details are online at 

According to a MCF release, grant-making focuses on four areas, with desired community results: Educational Success—young people achieve in school, engage in their community, and are prepared for the workforce; Health and Wellness—community members are safe and healthy; Community Vibrancy—community members have access to and an appreciation for arts and cultural opportunities; and Economic Prosperity—the region’s resources are sustainable and its residents are economically stable and secure. 

In 2018, the foundation awarded more than $132,000 in its competitive grants program, to date the largest amount funded to Mathews County nonprofit organizations. 

The MCF Advisory Board oversees the community grants program, which makes it responsive to community needs as they emerge, the release said. The grants are supported by unrestricted, field of interest, and special funds.

MCF has announced the addition of a new fund this year—the Mathews Women’s Giving Circle, which will support initiatives to improve the lives of women and families in Mathews County. More than 20 women in Mathews County have joined the Giving Circle and donated to this fund, the release said. For this grant cycle, $21,000 will be awarded.

In coordination with the MCF proposal review and selection process, the Giving Circle will select proposals it wishes to fund. If interested in joining the Mathews Women’s Giving Circle, contact the MCF office.

Gaylen Davis, chair of the Grants Committee, indicated that the MCF Advisory Board has selected “the advancement of economic development in Mathews County” as its target for new projects in 2019, recognizing that solid employment opportunities strengthen families.

To date, grant proposals in this area have ranged from support for vocational education in the high school to providing funds for the Mathews County Visitor and Information Center to assist with the promotion of Mathews tourism.

All grant requests (including those to the Giving Circle) must be submitted through an online grants system. Paper copies or e-mailed files will not be accepted. As in years past, a GiveMathews portrait is required of most organizations applying for a grant. Organizations which do not require the GiveMathews portrait include churches, fire and rescue departments, public schools and government agencies. Portraits must be current and updated by the grant deadline. 

For more information on the MCF 2019 Community Grants Program, and the link to the online application, visit For questions, contact the foundation at 804-725-3454 or e-mail Brian Jenkins at