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.

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.
  • Jim White 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.

June 2017

Grants awarded in June 2017 fell within the Cultural Vitality and Educational Success program areas, which are primarily focused on our region's youth. 

  • 200+ Men Foundation, $60,000 over three years from the Ethel T. Jones Fund for the Scholars Academy for at-risk African American male students from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk. 
  • Chrysler Museum of Art, $25,000 for an after-school workshop at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio for middle school students.
  • Community Outreach Coalition, $25,000 to expand its after-school program to two middle schools in Franklin. The program provides academic support, homework assistance and enrichment in art, music, dance and drama.
  • Seton Youth Shelters, $61,500 over three years for its Children of Prisoners mentoring program that helps area youth ages 11 to 18 who have an incarcerated family member.
  • Slover Library Foundation, $176,000 to equip a collaborative maker studio in the adjacent Selden Market in Norfolk. Funding was provided from The Virginian-Pilot Fund to support Slover Library technology needs.
  • Young Audiences of Virginia, $36,500 over three years from the William H. Goldback Fund for Performing Arts for a creative arts after-school program for military children in grades 3-5 in Norfolk and Virginia Beach public schools.

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 over two years 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 in Portsmouth.
  • 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 & Marine Science Center, $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 educate 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.

Community Grant options change in 2017.

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