Cares Fund Grant Application

The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath, and Alleghany has been requested by the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, as well as Rockbridge County to administer the distribution of grants to not for profit agencies adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding for the grants comes from the federal government via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress in March.

CFRBA and community leaders recognize the vital importance of our local not for profit agencies to the community and recognize the urgency of responding to the negative impact caused by the pandemic. Funds are limited and the CARES Act imposes certain restrictions on the use of the money as grants to agencies.  

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS FUNDING, YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF IMPACT DUE TO THE EFFECT OF THE CORONAVIRUS ON YOUR AGENCY.  There may be a cap on the amount you receive based on the number of applicants for this funding, the size of your not for profit, your immediate needs, how you serve the community in ways that meet the needs of those that have been impacted by COVID-19 and how many citizens are served by your mission. 

To make sure that grants are distributed quickly while maintaining proper oversight of applications, CFRBA intends to disburse money after all qualifying applications are reviewed. THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MIDNIGHT SEPTEMBER 15, 2020.  

Eligibility requirements

Not for Profit Agency must:

  • Be a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization with a principal place of business located within the service areas of Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County.
  • Have organizational missions and relief efforts focused on the areas of food, medical, transportation, utilities, childcare, emotional health, therapeutic community recreation and housing assistance.
  • Be established and operating prior to January 1, 2020 AND have impacted needs from COVID19 that were NOT part of your approved operating budget prior to March 2020.
  • Demonstrate an adverse impact and increased activities to meet community needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with funded expenses that occur between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020
  • Be open for business or will re-open (in person or online) before September 1, 2020


In accordance with CRF guidelines, the agency will certify that no funds will be used for grant funding for state and/or local tax payments or public utility payments, such as water, sewer, sanitation, etc.  Furthermore, funds cannot be used to make up revenue shortfalls. 

Application Process

Click Here to Complete The CARES FUND Grant Application

  • Applications are due no later than midnight, TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
  • To request a paper application contact
  • Paper applications should be emailed to or mailed to CFRBA, PO Box 20, Lexington, VA 24450
  • Grantees will be notified of grant awards no later than October 1, 2020
  • If all funds are not distributed in the first round (no later than October 2020), we will accept applications for the second round of distributions.