The Nelson County Community Fund (NCCF) is a committee-advised fund that operates under the charter of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation – a 501 (c) 3 organization. It is managed locally by an all-volunteer Advisory Committee that makes decisions regarding the awarding of grants twice a year (deadlines are June 30 and December 31). The grants are awarded to local charitable organizations and agencies with the expressed goal of improving the life of Nelson County residents. Since being founded in 2000, NCCF has awarded over $1 million to over 50 organizations. Funds are raised by receiving donations and holding special events, such as the Opportunity Ball.