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Turn your passion into reality. Our community foundation donors are passionate people with a common mission: inspiring philanthropy and transforming the quality of life in southeastern Virginia. Since 1950, we’ve invested over $225 million on behalf of generous people, who live, work and strive to make Hampton Roads a great community.


By Adia White / June 14, 2018
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to eight nonprofit organizations during its second round of Community Grant funding for 2018. The largest grant was awarded to An Achievable Dream Virginia Beach. It will receive $600,000 over three years to expand its program at Seatack Elementary An Achievable Dream Academy for students moving to sixth grade at Lynnhaven Middle School.

By Adia White / May 16, 2018
Two years ago, Dyontay Beale didn’t know much about sea-level rise. Today he is among 100 students at Suffolk's King's Fork High School learning to be good stewards of our region’s waterways. They are part of the Connecting the Classroom with the Environment program sponsored by the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance.

By Adia White / April 16, 2018
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation recently awarded 10 nonprofit organizations more than $750,000 in grant funding during its first round of competitive Community Grants for 2018. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation won the largest grant – a $250,000 matching grant to build a mobile oyster restoration center for Hampton Roads.

By Adia White / March 8, 2018
Hampton Roads Community Foundation grants manager Sarah Ellis has more than a decade of experience writing grants for nonprofits. She joined our team in 2017 after writing grants for the United Way of South Hampton Roads and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Here are Sarah's top 5 insider tips for successfully applying for grants.

By Adia White / January 11, 2018
Church Street Station Studios is a new, 80-unit apartment community in Norfolk that provides permanent housing to formerly homeless people and those needing affordable housing. It is one of six communities in Hampton Roads developed by Virginia Supportive Housing, a nonprofit organization offering affordable housing opportunities and support services to more than 1500 people in Hampton Roads, Central Virginia and Charlottesville. A grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation helped fund this project.

By Adia White / September 6, 2017
Kamryn Tynes was among nearly a dozen blind and visually impaired students gathered in the Virginia Stage Company’s new Education Room at the Wells Theater in Norfolk. They spent a Saturday afternoon enjoying a Dramatically Able performance sponsored by the Virginia Stage Company and Access Virginia, a nonprofit advocating for people with disabilities. The performance represented a new chapter in the Virginia Stage Company’s effort to make its 116-year-old theater more accessible to people with disabilities.

By Adia White / August 22, 2017
Kristy Boone always dreamed of being a homeowner, but she never imagined her dream would come true. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads and a grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Kristy and her daughter Ari now have a home in Suffolk they can call their own.

By Adia White / August 16, 2017
Darry’lynn Olds of Chesapeake grew up watching her father work as a roofer. Today she is inching closer to her goal of following in his footsteps and establishing a career in the building trades as a student at the Tidewater Builders Association’s Building Trades Academy.

By Adia White / August 1, 2017
In 2009 William A. Goldback, a Norfolk business owner with diabetes, established a field-of-interest fund for medical services, education or research. Today, a three-year $81,500 community foundation grant to the Chesapeake Care Clinic from the William A. Goldback Fund is helping low-income Chesapeake residents like Loretta Chandler manage diabetes.

By Adia White / April 10, 2017
Four sisters are honored through the Taylor Sisters Library Fund to benefit the Norfolk Public Library as well as organizations serving minority, poor or homeless people in Norfolk.