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.

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.

December 2017

Grants were awarded to 27 nonprofit organizations primarily from donors’ field-of-interest funds. Organizations awarded grants were:

  • Ability Center of Virginia, $2,500 from the Laura Turner Fund to support the expansion of its social and recreation day program for adults with cerebral palsy.
  • Business Consortium for Arts Support, $475,000 to help support 38 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 animal shelter and purchase equipment.
  • Children’s Assistive Technology Service, $2,000 from the Jennifer Lynn Gray Fund to purchase communication devices for a lending library for families with children who have a diagnosed communications delay. 
  • Communities in Schools of Virginia, $12,500 from the Harry F. Wall Fund for a site coordinator for Hampton High School and the Performance Learning Center to connect students in danger of dropping out to coordinate services that will enable them to graduate and remain successful after graduation.
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School, $15,000 from the Charles G. Brown Fund for pediatric neuropsychological research. 
  • Faith Inclusion Network, $1,000 from the Jennifer Lynn Gray Fund to support four curriculum development sessions to create an interfaith disability inclusion guide for faith communities.
  • 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. 
  • ForKids Inc., $135,000 over three years to provide support services and direct assistance to homeless families.
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden, $15,000 from the Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund for horticulture education for the School’s Out, Nature’s In! summer program. 
  • Norfolk SPCA, $150,000 from the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund for animal welfare for updated equipment and enhancements to the animal shelter.
  • 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, Artistic Verses, with Newport News Public Schools students. 
  • Piano grants, $229,949 from the E.K. Sloane Fund for pianos to help eight organizations buy pianos. Recipients are Bethel Baptist Church of Yorktown, College of William and Mary, Governor's School for the Arts Foundation, Newport News Public Schools, Village at Woods Edge, Virginia Wesleyan University, York High School and Zeider's American Dream Theater. 
  • Stop Abuse, $41,730 from the Sue Cook Winfrey Memorial Fund for an education program empowering children in Portsmouth Public Schools to be safe and free from abuse.
  • Symphonicity, the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach, $5,140 from the Albert H. Grandy Memorial Fund for the Messiah Sing-a-long. 
  • Virginia Beach CASA, $150,000 over three years from the Sue Cook Winfrey Memorial Fund for a mentoring program to help foster care youth ages 14-18 develop a plan to transition to independent living.
  • Virginia Beach SPCA, $100,000 from the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund for improvements to the animal shelter and support for Happy Paws Training Center. 
  • Virginia Zoological Society, $5,000 from the Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund for horticulture education at the Zoo’s farm.
  • VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, $145,000 for VolunTier Vision, a technology-based program to connect area volunteers with nonprofit leadership opportunities. 
  • YWCA of South Hampton Roads, $30,252 from the Sue Cook Winfrey Memorial Fund for hotel emergency shelter and transportation for victims of domestic violence.

September 2017

Grants and scholarships were awarded to seven nonprofit organizations and 383 college students in September 2017. Grant funds came primarily from donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. Organizations awarded grants were:

  • Gateway Homes, $20,000 from the Benjamin R. Brown Fund for a therapist to treat area low-income, uninsured adults with mental illness living in transitional group homes after being discharged from Eastern State Hospital. 
  • Girls on the Run South Hampton Roads, $60,000 over three years to expand to five Title I area schools an after-school program that helps girls in grades three through eight learn to be healthy, fit and confident.
  • Healthy Chesapeake, $147,750 from the William A. Goldback Fund for a pilot program to help 150 uninsured or under-insured residents of Chesapeake’s South Norfolk neighborhood manage diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases.
  • LIFT Fitness Foundation, $45,000 from the William A. and Jane M. Charters Fund over three years for the L.I.F.T. fitness program that uses nutrition, exercise and job-readiness training to help homeless Hampton Roads residents lead healthier lives. Participants will be referred by nonprofit organizations helping them.
  • Scholarships, $1,288,410 from designated scholarship funds awarded to 383 scholarship recipients attending 75 different colleges and universities in 2017-18.
  • Shelters to Shutters, $130,000 over three years from the William A. and Jane M. Charters Fund for a program that helps unemployed, homeless people or those at risk of homelessness by providing discounted housing and onsite jobs at area apartment complexes. Participants are referred by area nonprofit organizations
  • The Up Center, $130,000 from the William A. Goldback Fund for a behavioral health and substance abuse treatment clinician at Hampton Roads Community Health Centers. The clinician will work with primary care physicians in an Integrated Health Model of Care to help low-income patients with mental health or substance abuse issues.
  • Virginia League for Planned Parenthood, $30,000 from the William A. Goldback Fund for a family nurse practitioner to expand comprehensive primary care services to patients with depression, anxiety, asthma, hypothyroidism, lipid disorders, hypertension or diabetes.

For the second consecutive year, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and the United Way of South Hampton Roads teamed up to award $50,000 in grants to improve dental care for low-income area residents. The 2017 grant recipients are:

  • People in Need (PIN Ministry), $7,000 so the Mercy Dental Clinic in Virginia Beach can treat at least 50 additional homeless patients.
  • Western Tidewater Free Clinic, $15,000 to increase dentist hours so more residents of Western Tidewater can be treated, which will help reduce the waiting list of 200 individuals.
  • Chesapeake Care, $7,000 to help 195 patients from throughout Hampton Roads, including patients in the Diabetes Initiative program.
  • Portsmouth Community Health Center, $21,000 so the Hampton Roads Community Health Center can provide exams, x-rays, teeth cleanings and fillings or extractions to 100 low-income or homeless patients.

In addition the Community Leadership Partners giving group awarded $225,000 to 22 area nonprofits providing prevention and intervention programs to youth ages 9-18 related to homelessness, foster care, abuse or human trafficking, gangs, involvement in the juvenile justice system, mental health issues or substance abuse issues. The group's 2017 grants are noted here.

Community Grant options changed in 2017.

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