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 2016

Grants were awarded in December 2016 primarily from donors’ field-of-interest funds. This round of funding focused on Special Interest Grants.

  • Business Consortium for Arts Support, $475,000 to help support 33 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 improve the shelter and buy equipment.
  • The Children’s Center, $1,395 from the Jennifer Lynn Gray Fund for people with intellectual disabilities for speech assessment tools for preschool children with developmental delays.
  • Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, $188,826 over two years from the Sue Cooke Winfrey Memorial Fund for abused children and spouses to develop a community program to help commercially sexually exploited children in our region.
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School, $15,000 from the Benjamin R. and Charles G. Brown funds for pediatric neuropsychological research.
  • Friends of Fred Heutte Foundation, $2,000 from the Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund for horticulture education for the Urban Gardener Lecture Series.
  • Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court, $7,410 from the Winfrey Fund for a collaborative project among five area Court Appointed Special Advocate programs to create the Handbook for Parents and Guardians in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases.
  • Hope House Foundation, $2,000 from the Gray Fund to buy assistive technology for adults with disabilities.
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden, $15,000 from the Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund for horticulture education for the Plant Explorers program.
  • Peninsula Fine Arts Center, $1,200 from the Mary E. and Curtis M. Chappell Jr. Fund for arts and humanities on the Peninsula for a writing program with Newport News Public School students.
  • Piano grants, $202,061 from the E.K. Sloane Fund for pianos to help seven organizations buy pianos. Recipients are Virginia Regional Ballet Inc., Wakefield Foundation Center for the Arts, Hampton University, Norfolk Public Schools (for Ruffner Academy), Old Dominion University, Randolph College and Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation.
  • The Planning Council, $75,000 from the Winfrey Fund to develop a respite care program for families with special-needs children.
  • Todd Rosenlieb Dance, $56,500 over three years from the William A. Goldback Fund for performing arts to expand a dance program for children of mixed physical abilities.
  • Symphonicity, the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach, $5,190 from the Albert H. Grandy Memorial Fund for the Messiah Sing-a-long.
  • Virginia Beach SPCA, $100,000 from the Nicholson Fund for a new heating, cooling and air conditioning system and cat enclosures
  • Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, $13,500 from the Harry F. Wall Fund for anti-bullying training in Newport News Public Schools.
  • Virginia Stage Company, $20,000 from the Gray Fund to create a summer puppet program for adults with disabilities who are part of Eggleston Services and the Art Inclusion Company.
  • VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, $145,000 for technology and a program to connect volunteers with nonprofit leadership opportunities.

September 2016

Grants were awarded primarily from field-of-interest and unrestricted funds.

  • Building Trades Academy, $10,950 to train and place 15 low-income area students in facility management jobs.
  • Chesapeake Care, $81,500 over three years for a program to help more than 200 low-income Chesapeake patients manage their diabetes. Funding came in part from the William A. Goldback Fund.
  • Community Housing Partners, $67,200 to provide financial education and other services to 828 low-income area households whose residents face eviction. Funding came in part from the Bunny and Perry Morgan Fund.
  • Healing Place of Hampton Roads, $50,000 in seed funding for a new regional program to help area homeless adults overcome drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Hope U Inc., $40,000 over three years for a program to help area youth who have aged out of the foster-care system obtain job skills and become self-sufficient.
  • Mercy Medical Angels, $15,000 to buy bus or train tickets or gas cards to help low-income sick children and their families travel for specialized medical care not available in Hampton Roads. Funding came from the William A. Goldback Fund.

In addition the Community Leadership Partners giving group awarded $225,000 to 22 area nonprofits helping area students from low- to moderate-income families. The group's 2016 grants are noted.

June 2016

Grants were awarded primarily from field-of-interest and unrestricted funds.

  • Barry Robinson Center, $25,800 in seed funding for an online curriculum to help youth in the Norfolk residential treatment facility have access to online classes and programs to help them graduate high school on time.
  • Beach Health Clinic, $4,000 to purchase an additional extension arm for a digital x-ray machine for its Virginia Beach dental clinic that treats low-income patients with no dental insurance. *
  • Chesapeake Care, $20,000 to enhance its Diabetes Initiative's efforts to educate low-income diabetes patients about reducing their risk for oral diseases. The grant will help pay for a part-time dental hygienist to help educate patients, free teeth cleanings and fee waivers for dental treatment. *
  • Hampton Roads Community Health Center, $20,000 to help low-income adult patients at its Norfolk and Portsmouth centers receive free dental exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings or emergency dental visits. We collaborated with the United Way of South Hampton Roads on this project.
  • Hampton Roads Workforce Development Corp., $25,000 to expand Opportunity Inc.’s Youth Career Center to help students in multiple Hampton Roads cities.
  • People in Need (PIN Ministry), $6,000 so the Mercy Dental program in Virginia Beach can provide homeless or poor adults with free dental x-rays, dental evaluations, teeth cleanings, fillings, crowns, extractions and dentures. */
  • Scholarships, $1.27 million was awarded to 400 college students attending 75 colleges and universities in 2016-17.
  • Tidewater Community College, $146,200 for the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, which provides one- and two-day courses for nonprofit professionals in Hampton Roads.
  • Walk In It, $48,500 to expand to five schools in Chesapeake and Suffolk the Ladies of Distinction after-school program that teaches healthy self-esteem, decision-making and lifestyles to females in elementary, middle and high school.

*Awarded in partnership with the United Way of South Hampton Roads

April 2016

Grants were awarded primarily from field-of-interest and unrestricted funds.

  • D’Art Center, $25,000 to help renovate a new Norfolk center and help move its working artists into it.
  • Elizabeth River Project, $176,590 over three years to create a River Academy to help area students in grades kindergarten through high school become environmental stewards.
  • ForKids Inc., $650,000 over five years to help build two regional centers in Norfolk and Suffolk to help homeless families gain self-sufficiency.
  • Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads, $50,000 for the 2016 blitz that will build nine homes in Suffolk for lower-income families.
  • Norfolk Public Library Foundation, $75,726 to renovate and upgrade the bookmobile that travels throughout Norfolk bringing books to citizens unable to visit a library branch.
  • Operation Smile, $68,500 for an interactive learning center in a new global headquarters in Virginia Beach to help students learn about geography, culture and medicine.
  • Second Act Communities, $250,000 over two years to help build Cypress Landing in Chesapeake to provide apartments for 50 homeless veterans.
  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, $500,000 over five years to upgrade its Marsh Pavilion and add a veterinary care center and animal conservation center.
  • Virginia Living Museum, $50,000 to help build a large animal care center and dinosaur discovery trail at the Newport News museum focused on science education.

Community Grant options change in 2017.

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