Community Support Grant Application

Community Support funds must be used by programs directly impacting residents of Staunton, Augusta County and/or Waynesboro. Programs may request up to $2,000 in Community Support each fiscal year. Successful projects will be responsive to the areas of need identified in the 2018 CAPSAW Needs Assessment Report as well as the Mission of CAPSAW. The Needs Assessment Report, Strategic Plan, previous Community Support awards and other helpful information can be found here.

The Mission:

Supporting local organizations to empower low-income individuals and families, strengthen our community, and create opportunities by providing funding and guidance to programs that address the causes and conditions of poverty.

The Vision:

Economic Security for every resident of Staunton, Augusta and Waynesboro is attainable through a coordinated network of innovative and collaborative services.

Goals and Strategies:

CAPSAW funds and supports programs that address community conditions creating positive change in individual behavior and circumstances. These programs support the foundation of a financial security framework namely educational attainment and increased income and asset development. CAPSAW will continue to focus on effective service delivery, strengthening partnerships and promoting collaboration in the coming years. CAPSAW and our partner programs are committed to fostering an environment in which lives will be changed and our community strengthened.

Eligibility is limited to non profit or local government organizations providing services to low and moderate income residents of Staunton, Augusta County and/or Waynesboro.   Any entity employed by or under contract with an organization represented on the CAPSAW board, or vice versa, may apply for funding; however, such applications may not be reviewed or discussed by that CAPSAW board member. Similarly, any agency involved at the executive level of CAPSAW cannot discuss or participate in the review of an application submitted by their agency.

If an application is submitted by faith-based organizations, outreach efforts and service delivery must be conducted regardless of program beneficiary faith affiliation. Programs and services may not be marketed or offered exclusively to members of the sponsoring organization’s religious affiliation or denomination.

Activities must be delivered from a location that is accessible to all potential beneficiaries or an alternative means of service delivery to people with disabilities must be identified.

Amount of funding available:

$20,000 has been set aside for this program in FY 20. Individual award amounts are determined at the discretion of the CAPSAW Board of Directors. Decisions will be made by the CAPSAW Board in order of submission.

How much is typically awarded? 

 Awards typically range from $500 - $2,000. Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis after receipts reflecting purchase are received. Additional information may be requested by CAPSAW staff prior to approval of application and/or the release of funds. Funds will not be used to support personnel, fundraising or general operating expenses. All reimbursements must be submitted by June 15, 2020.

How are CAPSAW Community Support dollars generally used? Reimbursable costs include project supplies and other items typically not covered by CAPSAW’s multi-year funding program. Examples would include one-time expenses, appliances and emergency supports. Priority lies with requests seeking reimbursements for items that are not part of general operational expenses, have a direct relationship to client use and relate to CAPSAW's mission and strategic objectives. Community Support funds should not be used to cover staffing or other administrative expenses. Requests for events or purchases that have already occurred may not be considered. You are encouraged to contact CAPSAW to discuss allowable expenses at

Applications are reviewed and funding levels recommended by the CAPSAW Board of Directors at their regularly scheduled meetings. Applications should be submitted 10 business days prior to a board meeting. Applications received less than 10 days prior will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled board meeting. The schedule can be found on this website.  Board meetings typically occur on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

review applications determined to be time sensitive with the Chair of the CAPSAW Board of Directors for consideration. Please contact CAPSAW staff with questions about the content of this application.

Successful applications in FY 20 were used to reimburse a portion of the cost associated with purchasing items including:

Safety Equipment / Facility Upgrades

Point of Sale Equipment

Classroom / Instructional Supplies

Community Education Materials

Applications should be submitted via email at

Application information can be found here: