The Anne and Gene Worrell Foundation is committed to supporting initiatives and organizations that align with the Foundation's mission to cultivate resilient communities and ecosystems. 

The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on the following regions of Virginia: 

  • the greater Charlottesville area, with a primary focus on the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, with some support for broader regional initiatives in the counties of Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange;
  • southwest Virginia, with a focus on regional approaches for the cities of Bristol and Norton and the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Grayson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise; and,  
  • Surry County, where funding is limited to supporting a few key initiatives, including preserving natural assets and historic preservation.  

Grants are primarily awarded to projects and organizations that address one or more of the following areas:

Economic Mobility and Well-Being
The Foundation works with partners to sustain and expand programs and strategies that provide essential services to those experiencing poverty and create opportunities to increase their economic mobility, with priority for projects focused on:  

  • education, including high-quality early childhood care and education, support programs for K-12 students, and access to community colleges;
  • health, including mental and behavioral health services, community-based medical and dental care, and access to healthy food; and,
  • housing, including initiatives that allow people to remain in their homes, and support for the construction of community service facilities that offer complementary services to new housing units (e.g., child care and healthcare facilities connected to housing developments), with a particular emphasis on adaptive reuse.   

Workforce Training, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship
This program area focuses on job training and support programs to prepare people for high-wage employment and programs that support entrepreneurship and small business development.

Preserving Natural Assets
Recognizing the impacts of expanding development and a changing climate, this program area focuses on work that protects ecosystems and provides economic and health benefits for the communities the Foundation serves, with priority for projects related to: 

  • expanding conservation initiatives, including conserving plant and animal species, responsible land management that keeps ecosystems intact, and sustainable energy initiatives;
  • outdoor access and recreational opportunities, including access to outdoor spaces and recreational opportunities, green urban spaces, connections between urban and rural green space, and environmental education; and,
  • rivers, including conservation and recreation strategies that improve river health and the relationship between communities and rivers.

Family Legacy
The Foundation dedicates a portion of the grantmaking budget to support maintaining a sense of place, including what makes each region unique, with emphasis on: 

  • historic preservation, including the adaptive reuse of historic buildings, projects that share a more complete and representative story of history, and projects that capitalize on local historical assets to create healthy and vibrant public spaces;
  • arts and culture, including support for community-based arts organizations that are contributing to the creative economy and,
  • local news, including support for news organizations that fill an information gap and for reporters and projects that cover topics aligned with Foundation program priorities.

Application Procedures

Application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website.