Our award-winning Community Grants program supports projects that give special consideration to low-income working families.

Freedom First supports the efforts of community action agencies to break down barriers, enable people to fully participate as local citizens, and help families achieve economic success and a better quality of life. 

The 2017 Grant Application is now open. Download the application form.

Download the follow up form for 2016 grant winners.


Community and Household Economy

Activities, programs, and initiatives designed to improve the economic well-being of our local community and its citizens. Examples include poverty reduction, affordable housing, and financial education.

Health and Human Services

Activities, programs, and initiatives that contribute to an individual’s functioning in the local community addresses or prevents the onset of social, psychological, or physical problems or disabilities; or extends an individual’s ability to be independent or productive in our local community.

Arts and Culture

Activities, programs, and initiatives that increase access to and promotion of the arts and the development and enhancement of cultural identities in the local community. Examples include arts programs, diversity initiatives, and cultural events.




Freedom First awarded $35,000 in annual Community Grants in 2016 to support the vital programs offered by nine local nonprofit agencies.





  • ARCH - $3,500: Build out of classroom suited for facilitating life skills training for their clients experiencing homelessness, including classroom equipment and a life skills library. 
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - $2,500: Expand the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program in order to serve 40 children from Roanoke City with mentoring relationships. 
  • Bradley Free Clinic - $5,000: Expand access to a specialty Women’s Health Program, including new program branding and printing of educational and public awareness materials.
  • Franklin County Public Schools Education Foundation, Inc. - $3,000: Expand the Organ Wise Program to include an Emotions component to help K-2 students learn coping strategies, empathy, and general emotional intelligence to deal with life events. 
  • Hope Tree Family Services - $5,000: Develop a meditate garden and care farm to serve as a positive alternative to some disciplinary measures, as well as instill personal responsibility and pride-in-work for students as they maintain the garden and farm. 
  • New Freedom Farm, Inc. - $5,000: Construct a pavilion that will serve as a focal point to help support their programs which provide a safe place for Veterans suffering from issues such as PTSD and depression.
  • New River Valley Home: NRV TimeBank Program - $5,000: Facilitate skill-sharing, service-enhancing, and community-building through a Time Credit exchange among members of the community whom may earn credits for talents and services such as gardening, tutoring, home repair, etc. that can be traded in exchange for other services.
  • Warm Hearth Village - $5,000: Produce an interactive musical, with senior citizens as the actors, to educate elementary school children on the basics of financial literacy.
  • West End Center - $1,000: Expand a STEM awareness and interest program.