Founded by a man who spent a lifetime in the countryside, the Ballyshannon Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. The Ballyshannon Fund does not support capital campaigns, endowments, individuals, or bricks and mortar projects. We support educational projects and programs, only. See our previous grants for examples. Please note that in order to be eligible for Ballyshannon Fund funding, your organization must have 501(c)(3) status or be a government entity
Please follow the steps below to apply for a Ballyshannon Fund grant:
1. Determine your eligibility.
The Ballyshannon Fund accepts proposals for funding only for central Virginia area projects. Please review this website and then...if your organization is working in a program area that may be of interest to Ballyshannon Fund, and if you believe that your organization is a good fit with the Ballyshannon Fund...please submit a short Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by email:
2. Submit a Letter of Inquiry to the Ballyshannon Fund.
Ballyshannon Fund will not accept unsolicited Grant Applications. If your organization has never received funding from us, you must first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) to Ballyshannon Fund. Do NOT send a formal initial grant application to ANY Fund Advisor or to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. Please respect the time constraints and privacy of our Fund Advisors--volunteers all--and do not ask them to grease the skids for your application. To submit a LOI, please contact us by email and include:
• your organization’s mission, goals, strategies, history, and the programmatic and geographic scope of its activities.
• the AMOUNT REQUESTED--at the very top of the application
• The goals and objectives of your proposed program or project. Tell us in no more than TWO pages (not more) what it is that you want to accomplish and why that effort is compatible with what we are trying to accomplish. Tell us how we will know that you have succeeded. Tell us approximately how much money you will be requesting.
It’s a really good idea to include your return address, email, and contact info!
Ballyshannon Fund will only accept Letters of Inquiry that have been submitted by email through this website. We have A SINGLE application deadline each year, followed by a review period. Please submit your LOI by February 15. We will review all LOIs received and if we like your proposition, we will reply by email and ask that you submit a more-complex Grant Application. Subsequent to that correspondence, and...
3. ...BY INVITATION, ONLY, submit a Grant Application to the Ballyshannon Fund.
Please do NOT send hard copies or additional information about your organization through the mail to the Fund unless requested by a Fund Advisor or a CACF staff member. If your organization has never received Ballyshannon Fund funding, you will be able to submit a full proposal to Ballyshannon Fund only after your letter of inquiry has been approved and your Grant Application requested by us. Current Ballyshannon Fund grantees are automatically invited to submit a full proposal for the next grant cycle unless otherwise notified by the fund. This invitation does NOT mean that grants will be renewed automatically.
Each potential grantee will receive an email from Ballyshannon Fund with instructions explaining how to submit a Grant Application to the Ballyshannon Fund. At a minimum, your Grant Application must include:
• Purpose and history of organization;
• Goals and objectives of program or project;
• Current status of project, including date the project was established and the anticipated duration;
• Description how the organization will use the funds to further its objectives;
• Describe how we will know when your goals and objectives have been accomplished.
• Organization's annual budget and program budget;
• List of governing board members and staff
• Copy of the organization's IRS exemption letter.
Because the Ballyshannon Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, all grants recommended for approval by the Ballyshannon Fund's Advisors must still be approved by the Governing Board of the CACF, which has no obligation to follow the advice of the Ballyshannon Fund's Advisors.
4. Measuring success: All grantees will be required to report and/or demonstrate how the funds were used and how effective the program was. The Ballyshannon Fund Advisors or Fund representatives will visit your program either while it is underway or after it is complete so your organization may report on outcomes.