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 $25,000 in annual Community Grants in 2017 to support the vital programs offered by seven local nonprofit agencies.





  • Blue Ridge Literacy - $2500: For Citizenship Classes beginning January 2, 2018 - December 28, 2018 to achieve a 90% pass rate within the calendar year of the project, as well as
    increasing the total number of new citizens who go through their program.
  • Boys & Girls Club of SWVA - $5000: To establish the Money Matters year long financial literacy and career prep program using interactive activites to educate teens age 13-18 on critical aspects of financial literacy, including managing a checking account, budgeting, saving, avoiding debt, investing and paying for college. 
  • Community Healthy Living Index - $5,000: To support and assess nutrition‐related beliefs and behaviors among Roanoke city youth and their families, and to begin to establish a pattern of local support to build a case for sustainability targeting larger funders in the near future.

  • Greenvale School, Inc - $2500: To help fund a  formal training room to facilitate trainings that will help early educators stay current with the increasing requirements needed to successfully do their jobs and to increase the number of parents who attend meetings and have the opportunity to provide them with more activities and information.
  • Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley. - $4000: To enable Forgotten Victims - a week long summer day camp during summer 2018 to equip children age 5-13 with the skills and tools to overcome the trauma of domestic violence. This one-week summer camp will provide youth the opportunity to fully engage and discover resiliency and self-confidence. 
  • Montgomery County Education Foundation - $4000: To expand digital learning and 1:1 device programs for students that experience a “homework gap” and to provide adequate off-campus access to the Internet to students who lack access. This program will use Verizon Mifi devices for safe, mobile broadband Internet access. 
  • Prevention Council for Roanoke County - $2000: Using the most current information on internet and social media use and electronic device applications, the Council will host Social Media Safety Workshops in easily accessible community spaces to provide education and support for parents and youth in the Roanoke Valley.