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Grants & Scholarships Top $14.7 Million

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation distributed more than $14.7 million in grants and scholarships in 2016. Recipients include over 150 nonprofit organizations and 400 scholarship funds. The funds distributed were provided from donors who since 1950 have entrusted the community foundation to do charitable works in their names.

Youth Baseball & Softball League Grants Available

February 15 is the deadline for southeastern Virginia youth baseball and softball leagues to apply for funding from the Dal Paull Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Grants will pay for equipment, uniforms and capital improvements to facilities. Learn more.

Legal Aid grant helps homeless people

Adding a single social worker and an attorney to its staff in 2016 enabled Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia to help 130 homeless people resolve legal issues and have better lives. A $211,000 two-year grant made the staff addition possible and is enabling them to help more homeless people get their lives on track in 2017.

Kirkland Kelley Receives Barron Black Award

Attorney Kirkland M. Kelley of Norfolk, a senior partner with Kaufman & Canoles PC, was named in November 2016 the latest recipient of the Barron F. Black Community Builder Award presented by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The award is named for the foundation's founding board chair who served from 1950 to 1974. It annually honors a professional advisor dedicated to using philanthropy to improve the quality of life in Hampton Roads.

Kelley serves on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Hampton Roads Council and the boards of the Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council, United Way of South Hampton Roads Foundation and The Williams School. She has chaired the WHRO Public Media board, served as president of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach and served on the boards of the Library of Virginia Foundation, YWCA of South Hampton Roads, Norfolk State University Foundation and Old Dominion University Education Foundation. She is a member of the community foundation's Professional Advisors Committee and its Legacy Society for Hampton Roads.

EVMS Honors Community Foundation

Eastern Virginia Medical School honored the Hampton Roads Community Foundation as 2016's "outstanding foundation."  The community foundation has supported EVMS every year since the 1960s when planning for this community-based medical school started. Since EVMS opened in 1973, our donors have provided student scholarships, including eight this year, as well as grants for research and campus expansions.

24 Nonprofits Awarded $1.24 Million in Special Interest Grants

In December 2016 the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awarded more than $1.24 million in Special Interest Grants from donors' field-of-interest funds. Organizations winning grants are focusing on such areas as enriching the arts for area residents, conducting mental health research, helping abused children and encouraging a love or horticulture. Click here to see recipients and how they will put donor grants into action.

Partners Award $225,000 in Grants to 22 Nonprofits

The Community Leadership Partners, a giving group affiliated with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, awarded in September 2016 $225,000 grants in to 22 South Hampton Roads nonprofits that work to positively impact children from low- and moderate-income families. During the past seven years the Partners have provided $1.45 million In grants to help 75 nonprofits that work with area children. Learn more about the most recent grants.

(757) 251-0144 is the Number to Know

Four South Hampton Roads domestic violence shelters launched in October 2016 the Coordinated Crisis Response hotline -- Call 757-251-0144. A $45,000 planning grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation's Sue Cook Winfrey Memorial Fund helped jump start the collaboration.

This is the first time there is a single phone number for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault to call for help in South Hampton Roads. The Genieve Shelter, the H.E.R. Shelter and Samaritan House are partners with the YWCA South Hampton Roads, which will staff the hotline around the clock.

6 Nonprofits Win $264,650 in Grants

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation awarded $264,650 in health and human service grants in September 2016 to six area nonprofits during its third round of Community Grant funding for 2016. Funds came primarily from these field-of-interest funds: William A. and Jane Charters Fund, William A. Goldback Fund, and Perry and Bunny Morgan Fund. The largest grant of $81,500 went to Chesapeake Care for a program to help more than 200-low-income Chesapeake patients manage their diabetes.Learn more.

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