Sister Cities Program


Fostering International Partnerships and Cultural Understanding

sister cities

Appointed by Council, the Charlottesville Sister City Commission is an organizing body devoted to assisting the individual Sister City relationships with community activities and promotion.

The City of Charlottesville is an active member of Sister Cities International, a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. This network strives to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.A

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016/2017 Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission Grant Program.  Grants will be awarded for a wide variety of activities that promote the mission of the CSCC. Grants may range in size up to $2,500. Fundraising events are ineligible. Funds must be used within one year of receipt and expenditures must be detailed in the year-end report made to the CSCC. Applications are due October 31, 2016. For an application, please CLICK HERE.

Charlottesville proudly serves as Sister City to:

Sister Cities International is a leader for local community development and volunteer action. The program aims to motivate and empower private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term sister city programs.

The Sister Cities Commission is always looking for citizens to participate; CLICK HERE to find out more!

To contact the Sister Cities Commission please email

Our Cities (Clockwise from left: Poggio a Caiano, Italy, Besancon, France, Pleven, Bulgaria, Winneba, Ghana) 

Ville Medicia

Winneba Palace