The University of Virginia's College of Wise and The Nature Conservancy are committed to investing resources and partnering with local communities to ensure sustainable, nature-based economic growth.
The Cumberland Forest Community Fund is open to nature-based economic and community development projects that make tangible contributions toward local economies, community capacity and environmental quality.
2021 APPLICATION PERIOD NOW CLOSED
We're looking for proposals that contribute to:
Local Economic Development
Renewable energy projects
Outdoor recreation, sustainable forestry or agricultural businesses or projects
Increased Community Capacity
Walking or greenway paths
Natural or cultural assets in local communities
Strategic planning processes
Enhanced Environmental Quality
Land or water restoration
Installation of rain gardens
Open to individuals, for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations and municipalities.
Project must be based in one or more of the following counties: Wise, Russell, Tazewell, Dickenson, Buchanan, Lee, or Scott.
Applicants must provide a valid federal ID number.
Project idea may be an original business concept or extension of a current business activity, product, service, community capacity building program or social venture.
Program launch and call for proposals
Announcement of awards anticipated
Grant agreements issued
Awarded projects underway
IN THE MEDIA
The Kingsport Times-News — UVA Wise, Nature Conservancy join in economic development project
Bristol Herald Courier— Grant program to support nature-based projects launched in Southwest Virginia
The Kingsport Times-News— UVA Wise, The Nature Conservancy start Cumberland Forest Community Fund