Eligible Organizations

The Foundation makes grants to both new and established organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

To be eligible for Cameron funding:

  • A majority of those served by your organization or proposed work must reside within the Foundation’s service region. This area includes the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell; the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Sussex; and the portion of Chesterfield County lying south of Route 10.
  • Your organization must be governed by an all-volunteer board of directors that consists of at least five unrelated persons. No paid staff member can participate as a voting member of the governing board. Where this is the case, the organization is ineligible for funding from The Cameron Foundation.

Ineligible Organizations and Purposes

The Foundation will not make grants to or for:

  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or disability
  • Private foundations
  • Supporting organizations
  • Endowments
  • For-profit organizations
  • Individuals
  • Medical research or national health agency appeals
  • Academic or scientific research projects
  • Religious organizations seeking support for programs to which access is restricted by religious affiliation or programs that promote a particular creed
  • Organizations or groups that carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation or political campaigns
  • Other grant agencies or foundations for ultimate distribution to organizations or programs selected by such agencies or foundations
  • Purchase of tickets to fundraising events or for advertising
  • Solely for publishing, producing, or distributing audio, visual, or printed material
  • General operating expenses of neighborhood health centers or clinics or day care centers for children, except in exceptional circumstances
  • Solely for attendance at conferences, seminars, or meetings

Divisions Within Organizations

Grant requests from different divisions of an organization or institution will be treated as having been submitted by a single entity.

  • An entity may receive no more than one general grant from the Foundation during a fiscal year of the Foundation.
  • When a grant request from an organization is declined by the Foundation, a request for the same purpose may not be submitted for a period of one year. A request for another purpose may be submitted for the next available grant cycle.

Government Entities

In general, state and federal governmental entities are ineligible for funding from The Cameron Foundation. One exception is that local governmental entities are eligible for program-specific and special project purposes, excluding overhead and other administrative or operational costs.
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One additional exception is that the Foundation will consider applications by 501(c)(3) organizations for capital projects for buildings and other property owned by governmental entities, subject to the following specific conditions:

  • The 501(c)(3) organization must be in existence as of August 16, 2012.
  • With the application, the 501(c)(3) organization must furnish a copy of the signed lease, contract, memorandum of understanding or other formal agreement between the organization and the governmental entity that provides for the use of the building or other property by the 501(c)(3) organization.