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.

April 2017

Grants were awarded in April 2017 primarily from donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. 

  • E3: Elevate Early Education, $150,000 over three years to help support efforts to increase kindergarten readiness across Hampton Roads.
  • Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, $100,000 to help expand its school to add 45 more students and increase the impact of arts education in Hampton Roads. The regional school serves public school students from Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton County, Suffolk and Virginia Beach.
  • Hampton Roads Community Health Center, $73,218 from the William A. Goldback Fund for organizations providing medical services to support a new facility for their Portsmouth clinic.
  • The Honor Foundation, $30,000 to help implement a pilot online program to increase the number of military personnel from all branches of service transitioning to the civilian workforce.
  • Hope Focus Center, $50,000 to transform an empty storefront building in Franklin into the Experience Center, a community recreational space for disadvantaged youth. 
  • Nansemond River Preservation Alliance, $14,600 from the Barbara Upton Wilson Fund for Environmental Preservation to help provide a hands-on learning program for 100 students at Suffolk's Kings Fork High School. The program focuses on Nansemond River restoration and preservation and the impact of sea level rise.
  • Virginia Aquarium, $90,200 over three years for the Soaking Up Science program that will give 1,000 Virginia Beach middle-school students hands-on activities, field experience and discussion focused on watersheds and the impact of sea level rise on Hampton Roads. (Grant provided from the Inge Family Fund for the Environment, Community Fund for the Environment, William Thomas Reilly, III Fund and the Barbara Upton Wilson Fund for Environmental Education.)
  • Virginia Zoological Park, $100,000 to help renovate the reptile house, which will double the number of reptile exhibits and allow more animal interaction with visitors.
  • YMCA of South Hampton Roads, $400,000 over three years to help expand its summer camp facilities and renovate the Hilltop and Suffolk YMCA locations. 


December 2016

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

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

Community Grant options change in 2017.

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