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W&L’s Community Grants Committee Accepting Fall Proposals

Washington and Lee University’s Community Grants Committee would like to remind the community of its Fall 2016 proposal evaluation schedule. Community Grants Proposals may be submitted at any time but are reviewed semiannually: at the end of the calendar year and at the end of the fiscal year. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the Fall 2016 evaluation is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

Established in the spring of 2008, the purpose of the program is to support non-profit organizations in the Lexington/Rockbridge community. The program began its first full year on July 1, 2008, coinciding with the start of the University’s fiscal year. The University will award a total of $50,000 during the program’s 2016-17 cycle.

During the second round of the 2015-16 evaluations held in May 2016, 19 organizations submitted proposals for a total of over $77,000 in requests. The University made $24,757 in grants to 10 of those organizations. Those organizations were:

  • Boxerwood Project NEST
  • City of Lexington Office on Youth
  • Lylburn Downing Middle School
  • Mission Next Door
  • Rockbridge Animal Alliance and Cats Unlimited
  • Rockbridge Ballet
  • Rockbridge Historical Society
  • Rockbridge Regional Drug Task Force
  • Waddell Elementary School Music Department
  • Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center

Interested parties may access the Community Grants Committee website and download a copy of the proposal guidelines at the following address:


The second round of proposals for 2016-17 will be due on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Please call 540-458-8417 with questions. Proposals should be submitted as electronic attachments (word or pdf) via email to kbrinkley@wlu.edu. If an electronic submission is not possible, materials may be faxed to (540) 458-8745 or mailed to:

Washington and Lee University Community Grants Committee
Attn: James D. Farrar Jr.
Office of the Secretary
204 W. Washington Street
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450