Recent grants from our annual competitive process

Recent Community Grants

Four times a year the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations through its competitive Community Grants and Special Interest Grants program. Funding comes from generous donors' unrestricted and field of interest funds.

December 2018

Grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations primarily from donors’ field-of-interest funds. Organizations awarded grants included:

  • Business Consortium for Arts Support, $475,000 to help support 36 performing and visual arts organizations. (Grant provided from the Ashinoff Family Fund, Community Fund for the Arts, Lee A. & Helen G. Gifford Funds, William A. Goldback Fund, Paul S. Huber Memorial Fund, Perry and Bunny Morgan Fund, the John L. Roper, 2nd and Sara Dryfoos Roper Fund and the Tyler Cultural Fund.)
  • Chesapeake Humane Society, $60,000 from the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund for animal welfare to purchase equipment.
  • Friends of Norfolk Department of Human Services, $80,000 from the Sue Cook Winfrey Memorial Fund to support the expansion of a tutoring program for foster youth.
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden, $15,000 from the Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund for the summer Children’s Garden education program Hip Homes & Happening Habitats.
  • Norfolk SPCA, $100,000 from the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund for animal welfare for improvements to the animal shelter.
  • Piano grants, $216,377 from the E.K. Sloane Fund for pianos to help six organizations buy pianos. Recipients are Bruton Parish Church, Christopher Newport University, Norfolk Academy, Virginia Wesleyan University, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (Warhill High School) and York County School Division (Tabb High School). 
  • Samaritan House, $20,000 from the Barbara Upton Wilson Charitable Fund for an animal shelter at one of its emergency housing units for victims of domestic violence.
  • Slover Library Foundation, $145,317 to update 21 interactive touch tables so patrons can better search and retrieve images from the Sergeant Memorial Collection. Grant provided from The Virginian-Pilot Fund and Barron F. Black Article VIII Fund.
  • The Up Center, $28,175 from the Sue Cook Winfrey Memorial Fund for kinship care training for four licensed foster care placement agencies that will lead to placement of foster children with a family member or friend of the family.
  • Virginia Beach SPCA, $100,000 from the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund for animal welfare to improve the clinic and care of shelter animals.
  • Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, $10,000 from the Harry F. Wall Memorial Scholarship Fund for student activities and professional development that foster an inclusive community at Hampton City high schools.
  • YWCA South Hampton Roads, $100,000 from the Sue Cook Winfrey Memorial Fund to safely house victims of abuse who are in imminent danger.

September 2018

Grants were awarded to six nonprofits organizations primarily from donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. Organizations awarded grants were:

  • Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command, $150,000 over three years to support H.O.P.E. Village in Norfolk, which provides housing and supportive services to homeless women and their children. Funding comes from the William A. and Jane M. Charters Fund, Christadelphian Ecclesia of Hampton Roads Helping Fund and the Dixon-Settle Fund for Women. 
  • Southeastern Virginia Health System, $356,442 over two years to start and operate a health clinic for homeless persons and other vulnerable populations at the new Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center in Virginia Beach. 
  • Together We Can Foundation, $103,100 over three years to develop a digital platform to create an electronic support network for its youth coming out of homelessness, foster care and other challenging situations. 
  • United Way of South Hampton Roads, $240,000 over three years to support educational interventions for elementary school children living in Norfolk’s St. Paul’s area.
  • Virginia Supportive Housing, $180,000 over three years for an initiative to help formerly homeless residents with potential to live independently accomplish that goal. Funding is provided by the William A. and Jane M. Charters Fund.
  • YMCA of South Hampton Roads, $10,000 for its Diabetes Prevention Program to give access to a 12-month lifestyle intervention program to area people from vulnerable populations.

June 2018

Grants awarded in June 2018 fell within the Cultural Vitality and Educational Success program areas. Funds came primarily from donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. Organizations awarded grants were:

  • An Achievable Dream Virginia Beach, $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. 
  • Children's Health Investment Program (CHIP), $41,928 for a full-time home visiting parent educator to help low-income families in Norfolk who have children ages 0 to 6. 
  • Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads, $590,640 over three years for a site coordinators to help students at Booker T. Washington High School, Ruffner Academy and Chesterfield Academy in Norfolk and to support programs at Bayside 6th Grade Campus and Bettie F. Williams Elementary in Virginia Beach. 
  • Kairos Freedom Schools, $60,000 over three years for a summer student enrichment program at Norfolk’s Park Place Empowerment Center.
  • Mosaic Steel Orchestra, $60,000 over three years for instructors to teach music to low-income students from Hampton Roads.
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden, $450,000 for the horticulture conservatory at the Norfolk garden. 
  • Tidewater Community College, $148,017 for the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence to offer training courses for nonprofit professionals in Hampton Roads.
  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $20,000 to expand the School Orchestra Artistic Residency (SOAR) program so 100 Portsmouth Public Schools music students can work with professional musicians in the Porte Towne Magic after-school program. 

April 2018

Grants were awarded to 10 nonprofit organizations primarily from donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. Organizations awarded grants were:

  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation, $250,000 matching grant to design and build a mobile oyster restoration center for Hampton Roads.
  • The Children's Center, $100,000 to help construct an addition to its Suffolk center to expand its Early Head Start program from two days to five days. 
  • Children's Health Investment Program (CHIP), $100,000 to renovate its Chesapeake headquarters to accommodate additional nonprofits and community meeting space.
  • The Honor Foundation, $30,000 to pilot an online virtual campus program for transitioning Hampton Roads military service members.
  • The Mariners' Museum, $25,000 to upgrade storage conditions to archival standards at the Newport News museum.
  • Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation, $150,000 to renovate space for a regional training program to prepare warehouse, distribution, and logistics workers.
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, $25,000 to develop a plan for implementing the "No Wrong Door" Connectivity Project to improve area services for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans and caregivers.
  • StartWheel Corporation, $25,000 to create a supportive environment for Hampton Roads entrepreneurs.
  • Virginia Zoological Park, $47,492 to expand the Conservation Youth Team program to help high school students learn about environmental and conservation issues.
  • WHRO, $16,300 to expand to 20 area high schools the “Catch the King” project to help students to better understand impact of sea-level rise.

Community Grant options changed in 2017.

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