Can your nonprofit meet these special interests?

Charitable people have established endowments to address specific concerns or interests. We welcome applications according to the Eligibility Requirements and Application Deadlines. While most special interest grants have an October 1 deadline, there are a few applications that are due on a different date. 

The current nine areas of interest are below. 

Abuse Survivors: Sue Cook Winfrey Fund

The Sue Cook Winfrey Fund supports organizations that provide services to abused children and adults. The fund shows preference for residential facilities for children. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $200,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or preview the application questions

Developmental Disabilities: Laura Turner Fund and the Jennifer Lynn Gray Fund

The Laura Turner Fund and the Jennifer Lynn Gray Fund support organizations and programs that help people with disabilities live better lives. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $2,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or preview the application questions

Faith Community Nursing: The Nightingale Fund

The Nightingale Fund helps religious congregations and organizations with Faith Community Nursing Programs pay for equipment, supplies and programs to help people live healthier lives. These programs were formerly known as Parish Nursing programs. Grants range from $500 to $1,500. Applications are typically due every October 31.

Faith Community Nurses are specially trained nurses who unite faith and spiritual approaches with traditional medicine to help people live healthy lives.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

Churches, synagogues or other religious institutions located in southeastern Virginia should apply if they:

  • Have operated a Faith Community Nursing program for at least one year.
  • Are classified as tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service.

What can be funded

  • Medical and educational equipment
  • Specific programs
  • Educational materials
  • Supplies

What is not funded

  • Salaries or stipends
  • Financial assistance to individuals
  • Activities normally considered to be the responsibility of the requesting religious institution.

How to Apply 

Applications must be completed online by October 31 and must include:

  • A description of the proposed project.
  • A history of the religious organization’s Faith Community Nursing program.
  • The size of the faith community being served and a breakdown of its age distribution.

Apply online or review a sample application

For questions about applying, contact

Review Process

The Nightingale Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. The fundholders, Milton and Susan Saunders, review all applications. The evaluation may include a site visit and interview. The Saunders will recommend grant recipients for final approval by the community foundation's board of directors. All applicants will be notified by December 31 of the final decision.

History of the Nightingale Fund

The Saunders established the Nightingale Fund in 2004 in memory of Susan’s parents, Franklin and Katherine Friend. Franklin volunteered with the mental health system in Virginia Beach after retiring from the Ford Motor Company. Katherine volunteered with Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters for more than 25 years. Milton Saunders, M.D., is a retired physician who volunteers in disaster preparedness and response. Susan Saunders, R.N.,is a Faith Community Nurse. The Saunders live in Chesapeake. 

Past Nightingale Fund Grants


  • Lackey Free Clinic in Yorktown – for a faith community outreach program
  • Union Mission Ministries – to buy medical supplies for a wellness program
  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Surry – to buy supplies and CPR, first aid and automatic external defibrillator course materials
  • Calvary Revival Church, Norfolk – for the healthy community project
  • New Jerusalem Church of God in Christ in Virginia Beach – for the faith community nursing program


  • First Lutheran Church -- supplies for the faith community nursing program
  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church -- supplies for the faith community nursing program
  • Squires Memorial Presbyterian Church -- supplies for the faith community nursing program
  • St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church -- supplies for the faith community nursing program


  • St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hampton -- to upgrade an automatic external defibrillator
  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Surry -- for lab supplies and first aid training
  • Immanuel Baptist Church in Chesapeake -- for supplies and CPR training materials.


  • Mount Nebo Baptist Church in Surry –  for health ministry supplies and equipment
  • Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church in Norfolk – for heart attack and stroke prevention programs
  • Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach – to purchase health ministry booklets
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hampton – for a scale and a community nursing course
  • St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Virginia Beach – for health ministry supplies
  • St. Thomas AME Zion Church in Norfolk – to purchase an automated external defibrillator and a training course.


  • St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hampton – for its health ministry
  • St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Virginia Beach – for its parish nurse ministry.


  • Bethel Temple in Norfolk – for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) equipment and training
  • Bon Secours Medical Center in Norfolk – for lay health minister training
  • Old Donation Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach – for an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)


  • Church of the Resurrection in Chesapeake – to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
  • First Baptist Church of Lambert’s Point in Norfolk – for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training equipment
  • First Lutheran Church of Norfolk – to start a CPR teaching program
  • Queen Street Baptist Church in Norfolk – for training in the use of CPR and an AED in emergencies
  • St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach – to purchase CPR manikins and to train parishioners in emergency care
  • St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach – to establish the Lighten Up program to promote a healthy lifestyle that minimizes cardiovascular risk


  • The Church of the Holy Family in Virginia Beach – for a scale and materials for the Lighten Up program

Horticultural Education: Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Gary Savage Fund

The Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund supports organizations that promote horticulture education. The fund has a preference for the Fred Heutte Center, Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Zoo. Grants range from $1,500 to $15,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application

Mental Health Research: Benjamin R. Brown and Charles G. Brown Funds

The Benjamin R. Brown and Charles G. Brown funds support organizations conducting mental health research to help people lead better lives. Grants range from $1,500 to $15,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application

Pianos: E.K. Sloane Piano Fund

The E. K. Sloane fund provides grants to help nonprofit organizations purchase or repair pianos – primarily those for public performance. Grants range from $5,000 to $75,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application

About the Fund and past recipients

Since 1997 the E.K. Sloane Fund has provided more than $3.4 million to purchase or restore more than 115 pianos for 85-plus different organizations. Several nonprofits have received more than one Sloane piano over the years.

Grants come from a bequest from the late E.K. Sloane, who grew up in Norfolk. He was an engineer who loved piano music but did not play the instrument himself. He anonymously bought pianos for nonprofit organizations during his lifetime. When he died in 1997 at age 90, he entrusted the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to continue his passion.

Recipients of Sloane piano grants

  • Academy of Music
  • Arts Enter Cape Charles
  • Boys Choir of Hampton Roads
  • Chesapeake Bay Academy
  • Chesapeake Public Schools (for Indian River Middle School)
  • Chincoteague Arts League
  • Chincoteague Island Arts Organization
  • Christopher Newport University
  • City of Newport News (for the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center)
  • The College of William & Mary
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Community Alliance for the Performing Arts 
  • Crispus Attucks Cultural Center
  • Ferguson Center for the Arts
  • First Presbyterian Church of Hampton*
  • Freemason Street Baptist Church*
  • Governor’s School for the Arts
  • Great Bridge Presbyterian Church*
  • Hampton Arts Foundation for The American Theatre
  • Hampton Roads Academy
  • Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus
  • Hampton University
  • The Hermitage Foundation Museum & Gardens
  • Hidenwood Presbyterian Church*
  • The Hurrah Players
  • Isle of Wight Arts League
  • Isle of Wight County Public Schools (for Smithfield High School)
  • Jewish Museum and Cultural Center
  • Larchmont United Methodist Church*
  • Little Theatre of Norfolk
  • New Hope Christian Community Center
  • New Life Community Development Center
  • Norfolk Public Schools (for Academy of International Studies at Rosemont, Booker T. Washington High School, Campostella Elementary School, Granby High School, Lake Taylor High School, Lindenwood Elementary School, Maury High School, Northside Middle School, Oceanair Elementary School and Ruffner Academy)
  • Norfolk State University
  • Ohef Sholom Temple*
  • Old Dominion University
  • Opera in Williamsburg 
  • People’s Place
  • Portsmouth Public Schools (for Churchland High School, Park View Elementary School, Victory Elementary School, Westhaven Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson High School)
  • Randolph College
  • Rappahannock Concert Association
  • Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church*
  • Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
  • Slover Library Foundation
  • Smithfield Little Theater
  • Southampton County Public Schools (for several schools)
  • Stepping Out Productions
  • Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
  • Suffolk Public Schools (for Nansemond River High School)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College Foundation
  • Tidewater Community College Foundation (for the Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk and the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach campuses)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church*
  • United Jewish Federation of Tidewater*
  • Virginia Arts Festival
  • Virginia Ballet Theatre
  • Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra (Symphonicity)
  • Virginia Children’s Chorus
  • Virginia Chorale
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation
  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Virginia Musical Theatre
  • Virginia Opera
  • Virginia Regional Ballet
  • Virginia Stage Company
  • Virginia Symphony
  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
  • Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Wakefield Foundation Center for the Arts 
  • Williamsburg Players
  • Williamsburg Symphonia
  • York County Public Schools (for Grafton High School)
  • York County School of the Arts

*Religious organizations must use pianos for public performances. 

Peninsula Activities: Harry F. Wall Memorial Fund and Mary E. & Curtis M. Chappell Jr. Fund

The Harry F. Wall Memorial Fund helps high schools on the Virginia Peninsula. The Mary E. and Curtis M. Chappell Jr. Fund supports arts and humanities activities on the Virginia Peninsula. Grants range from $1,000 to $1,200 for arts and $10,000 to $25,000 for high schools. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application

Youth Baseball and Softball: Dal Paull Fund

The Dal Paull Fund supports youth baseball and softball programs. Grants pay for equipment, uniform and capital improvements. Grants range from $500 to $2,500. Applications are due February 15.

Apply online or review a sample application

Past recipients


  • Boys Baseball of Lynnhaven – for field lighting repairs
  • Chesapeake Youth Sports – for uniforms


  • Bennetts Creek Little League – for uniforms
  • Fleet Park Little League – for breakaway bases
  • Ocean View Little League – for equipment and gear for a Challenger league
  • Portsmouth Schools Foundation – for field repair at Churchland High School for Churchland Little League use


  • Cradock Little League – for equipment


  • Hampton Wythe Little League – to expand the concessions stand and announcer's booth
  • Kempsville Pony Baseball – for jerseys
  • Maury Baseball Club – to replace dugouts
  • Plaza Little League  for uniforms


  • Azalea Little League – for helmets
  • Cradock Little League – to buy helmets and bats
  • Fleet Park Little League – for catchers' equipment


  • Westmoreland Children and Youth Association – for baseball uniforms
  • Windsor Athletic Association – for fence improvements


  • Cradock Little League – to replace a dugout
  • Deep Creek Baseball Association – for batting helmets and chin straps
  • Suffolk Youth Athletic Association – for break-away bases


  • Bennett’s Creek Little League – to purchase uniforms
  • Fleet Park Little League – for repairs to tractor mowers
  • Wilson Little League – for a batting cage


  • Chesapeake Little League – to purchase a generator for concession
  • Little League Inc. of Portsmouth –  for breakaway bases and equipment
  • Warwick Little League –  to support dugout renovations and capital improvements


  • Central Accomack Little League – for a new batting cage
  • Naval Base Little League – for breakaway bases and a lawn mower

Various Community Needs: Community Leadership Partners Fund

The Community Leadership Partners is a giving group affiliated with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Each year its members select a focus area they announce each spring and then invite applications from area nonprofits.

The 2017 grant focus is helping South Hampton Roads youth ages 9 to 18 through programs that prevent or intervene in the areas of:

  • Homelessness and/or foster care
  • Emotional, physical or sexual abuse and/or human trafficking
  • Gangs and/or involvement in the juvenile justice system
  • Mental health issues and/or substance abuse

Applicants should address the needs of the whole child by focusing on one or more of the following:

  • Housing stability
  • Parental involvement
  • Educational support
  • Social, physical and mental health support

 Applicants should demonstrate plans to measure program outcomes and sustain the program beyond the grant year. There is a preference for applicants who:

  • Use best practices
  • Partner and collaborate with other organizations to increase effectiveness and decrease duplication of effort
  • Bring an innovative approach to meet goals, provide services not already available or expand services to more children or additional areas of the community.
May 18 at 5 p.m. was the deadline for nonprofit organizations to apply online for funding.

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