About the Foundation

GRANT REQUESTS NOT CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED

Based on the time and amount of funding that our small foundation was able to provide, our Board of Directors has determined that for the immediate future, we will no longer continue with the lengthy and time-consuming grant process used in previous years.   A majority of the board approved a motion to support several not-profit ventures that were not, typically, included in our funding.

Early distributions were made for the 2016-2017 year.  A press conference will be held September 14th at the Academy Center of the Arts, 11:00 am.   Representatives from the non-profits will be there and we hope you can join us.

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Retail Merchants Foundation to provide financial assistance to local not-for-profit organizations in the Greater Lynchburg area (Lynchburg, Amherst, Bedford, Campbell County and Appomattox) in order to make a positive impact in our community by investing in the arts, education, and human service needs.

About the Private Foundation
Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, The Retail Merchants Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 Corporation, was established in 1996.  Since its inception, we have placed approximately $3 million dollars back into the local community through non-profit assistance.

All contributions are gifts with no consideration received and no request will be honored that any part inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual and no part of the activities which is carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation.

PREVIOUS 5 YEARS’ FUNDING RECIPIENTS
2017:
  Will be released on September 14, 2016 @ 11:00 am at a Press Conference to be held at the Academy Center of the Arts.  Open invitation.

2016:  Amazement Square, CASA of Central Virginia, Inc., HumanKind, Interfaith Outreach Association, Lynchburg City Education Foundation, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Lynchburg Grows, Meals on Wheels, Mental Health America of Central Virginia, Miller Home of Lynchburg, Miriam’s House, New Vista’s School, Smart Beginnings of Central Virginia, STEP With Links, Inc., The Gateway House, Y M C A of Central Virginia, Y W C A of Central Virginia, The U P Foundation

2015:  Amazement Square, Bedford Christian Ministries, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central VA, Brook Hill Farm, CASA of Central VA, Inc., Central Virginia Community College, Churches for Urban Ministry, Endstation Theatre Company, Free Clinic of Central Virginia, HIS Vision, HumanKind, Interfaith Outreach Association, Lynchburg City Educational Foundation, Lynchburg Beacon of Hope, Daily Bread, Meals on Wheels, MedsHelp of Central Virginia, Mental Health America of Central VA/Couples & Kids, Miller Home of Lynchburg, Miriam’s House, New Vista’s School, Opera on the James, Salvation Army, Society of St. Andrews, STEP With Links, Inc., Take My Hand Ministries, Inc., The Gateway House, Y M C A of Central VA,
Y W C A of Central VA

2014: American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CASA of Central Virginia, Central VA Community College, Churches for Urban Ministry, Family Alliance, FBI National Academy Associates, Free Clinic of Central Virginia, Heritage High School, Interfaith Outreach Association, Lynchburg Beacon of Hope, Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc., Lynchburg Community Action, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Inc., Lynchburg Sheltered Industries, Meals on Wheels, Med’s Help Program (Free Clinic), Mental Health America of Central VA, Miller Home of Lynchburg, Inc., Miriam’s House, New Vista’s School, Rebuilding Together – Campbell County, Salvation Army, Society of St. Andrew, STEP With Links, The Gateway House, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

2013:  American Red Cross, Brook Hill Farms, Camp Kum-Ba-Yah, CASA of Central Virginia, Central VA Area Agency on Aging, CHAP (Coalition for HIV Awareness), Churches for Urban Ministry, Dance theatre, Family Alliance, Free Clinic of Central Virginia, Interfaith Outreach Association, Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc., Lynchburg Community Action, Lynchburg Daily Bread, Inc., Meals On Wheels, Med’s Help Program (Free Clinic), Mental Health America of Central Virginia, Miller Home of Lynchburg, Inc., Miriam’s House, New Vista’s School, Recovery at St. John’s, Rebuilding Together – Campbell County, Rebuilding Together – Lynchburg, Salvation Army, Smart Beginnings of Central Virginia, Society of St. Andrew, STEP with Links, The Gateway House, Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, The Virginia College Fund, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities,
Y M C A of Central Virginia, Healthy Living Initiative