Recent Foundation Grants
Grants were awarded primarily from unrestricted and field-of-interest funds created by generous donors. This round of grants focused on capital campaigns and environmental grant requests.
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation, $500,000 for a capital campaign to build the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach near the Lynnhaven River and Chesapeake Bay to serve as a regional headquarters and environmental education center.
- Elizabeth River Project, $105,000 over two years in seed funding for an environmental education coordinator at the new 40-acre Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth.
- Isle of Wight Christian Outreach Program, $90,000 for a capital campaign to transform the former Isle of Wight County Health Department building into a headquarters. The new center will be used to distribute food and medicine and provide other services to low-income Isle of Wight County residents.
- Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Inc., $250,000 for its capital campaign to build the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown, which will replace the Yorktown Victory Center.
- Nansemond River Preservation Alliance, $26,200 in seed funding for a year-long program for Suffolk Public Schools middle school students focused on improving the health of the Nansemond River and its tributaries and wetlands.
- Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition (PARC), $50,000 for a capital campaign to renovate and upgrade its emergency family homeless shelter in Portsmouth.
- Virginia Supportive Housing, $150,000 for a capital campaign to build an 80-unit apartment building in Virginia Beach. Half the units will be for formerly homeless individuals. The remainder will be rented below market rate to lower-income people.
Grants were awarded primarily from field-of-interest funds created by generous donors. This round of grants focused on special interest grants.
- Business Consortium for Arts Support, $438,000 from eight donors’ arts funds to provide operating support to 32 area arts and cultural organizations.
- Chesapeake Health Investment Program (CHIP), $60,279 over two years from the Sue Cook Winfrey Fund for abused children and spouses to implement the Parents as Teachers program with families whose children have been removed from their homes.
- Chincoteague Island Arts Organization, $12,950 from the E.K. Sloane Fund to buy a piano.
- Eastern Virginia Medical School, $23,999 from the Benjamin R. Brown and Charles G. Brown funds for mental health research to study the effect of delayed school start times on adolescent sleep and neuropsychological functioning.
- Friends of the Fred Heutte Foundation, $2,500 from the Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund for horticultural education to support the Urban Gardener lecture series.
- Garden of Hope Community Development Corporation, $107,975 to expand the Second Chances program in Norfolk to help non-violent women leaving prison or jail learn job skills and find employment.
- Lynnhaven River NOW, $4,505 from the Gary Fund for a native vegetation program for elementary and middle school students.
- Norfolk Botanical Garden, $15,000 from the Gary Fund for horticultural education
- Norfolk Public Schools, $21,545 from the Sloane Fund to restore a grand piano at Lake Taylor High School.
- Samaritan House, $50,000 from the Winfrey Fund to help children living at the Virginia Beach domestic violence shelter.
- Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, $25,695 from the Sloane Fund to purchase a grand piano for the Virginia Beach center.
- Tidewater Community College, $36,900 from the Sloane Fund to purchase a grand piano for the Virginia Beach campus auditorium.
- The Up Center, $50,000 from the Winfrey Fund to support a program that finds permanent homes for area foster children.
- Virginia Beach SPCA, $100,000 from the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund for animal welfare to purchase a phone system, heating and cooling system and refurbish the shelter.
- Virginia Beach CASA, $98,777 over two years from the Winfrey Fund to support two volunteer coordinator positions at the program that helps children involved in juvenile court.
- Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, $20,000 over two years from the Harry F. Wall Memorial Fund for Peninsula high schools to support a Hampton City Schools program on eliminating prejudice and intolerance.
- Virginia Stage Company, $35,000 from the Sloane Fund to purchase a grand piano for the Norfolk theater.
- Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $106,024 from the E.K. Sloane Fund to purchase a new grand piano.
- YWCA of South Hampton Roads, $12,000 from the Winfrey Fund for a new telephone system to support its regional 24-hour domestic violence hotline.
Grants were awarded from various unrestricted and field-of-interest funds created by generous donors. This round of grants focused on health and human service funding.
- Access Partnership, $85,000 to help expand the Community Access to Care program to help an additional 1,100 uninsured adults in Portsmouth, Chesapeake and the Young Terrace and Ocean View neighborhoods in Norfolk.
- Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia, $30,000 to help fund the Life Coach pilot program at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk. The program provides a case manager for indigent, uninsured or underinsured emergency room clients to help connect them with a primary care provider.
- Chesapeake Service Systems, $30,000 to provide training support for 60 new employees with severe developmental disabilities.
- Emergency Shelter Grants, $261,000 in one-time operating grants was awarded to 10 emergency shelters from the William A. and Jane M. Charters Fund and the Perry and Bunny Morgan Fund. Recipients are ForKids Inc. of Norfolk and Suffolk, H.E.R. Shelter of Portsmouth, Judeo Christian Outreach Center of Virginia Beach, Our House Families of Chesapeake, Samaritan House of Virginia Beach, Portsmouth Area Resources Coalition of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless of Portsmouth, Salvation Army Tidewater command (Hope Center) of Norfolk, Volunteers of America (Lighthouse Center) of Chesapeake, and YWCA of South Hampton Roads of Norfolk.
- Goodwill Industries of Central Virginia, $75,000 to provide career development services to seniors at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth who have no post-graduation plans.
- Habitat for Humanity South Hampton Roads, $50,000 to start a financial counseling and home buyer development program to support families not eligible for a Habitat for Humanity home.
- The Planning Council, $35,000 to design a regional system to provide job readiness, placement and support services for homeless people in Hampton Roads.
- Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center, $75,000 in seed funding for a case management service to help older adults and their families plan and manage eldercare services.
- Salvation Army Ė Suffolk Command, $121,876 for its Senior Health and Enrichment Program, which will provide transportation, health screenings and other services for 2,500 low-income older adults in Suffolk.
- Virginia Supportive Housing, $100,000 to provide homes and support for 60 medically vulnerable homeless adults in South Hampton Roads.
Grants were awarded from various unrestricted and field of interest funds created by generous donors with the Batten Educational Achievement Fund providing matching funds for education grants. Scholarships were provided by designated scholarship funds created by donors.
- ACCESS College Foundation, $119,000 over three years to start the Accelerated Success program to help improve attendance rates for ninth and 10th-grade students at risk of dropping out of school.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia, $120,000 over three years to open two new clubs for children in Portsmouth and to create a network of clubs in the city for youth.
- Communities in Schools of Virginia, $150,000 over three years to bring an affiliate of the national program to work with students in Norfolk and Portsmouth public schools who are at risk of dropping out of school.
- Crispus Attucks Cultural Center Inc., $55,000 over three years for the summer Rhythm in Setting Expectations (RISE!) program for youths ages 7 to 17.
- Horizons Hampton Roads, $59,100 over three years to help improve reading levels of low-income students in Horizons’ summer enrichment program for children from Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.
- Ida Barbour Early Learning Center, $38,400 over three years for curriculum development and staff training for its program for low-income Portsmouth preschoolers.
- Scholarships, $976,395 to help 349 students primarily from Hampton Roads attend college in 2012-13. They will attend more than 65 different colleges and universities.
- Smart Beginnings Western Tidewater, $36,000 to help 16 preschool centers in Franklin, Isle of Wight County and Southampton County participate in the Virginia Star Quality Initiative program.
- Tidewater Community College, $136,500 for the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence to provide ongoing training for nonprofit staff and board members in Hampton Roads.
- Young Audiences of Virginia, $88,700 over three years to pilot the Early Childhood Kindergarten Readiness Program in South Hampton Roads preschools for children from lower-income families.
- Virginia Arts Festival, $45,000 over two years for the Rhythm Project, a percussion ensemble for youth from Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach and York County that teaches music, discipline and self-esteem.
- Visions of Truth Community Development Corp., $70,000 over three years for its Students Taking Responsibility in Valuing Education program that helps students suspended from Chesapeake and Portsmouth public schools keep up with their studies.
Grants were awarded from various unrestricted and field-of-interest funds created by generous donors.
- Building Excellence, four Hampton Roads nonprofit organizations were selected to receive $93,000 through the community foundationís Building Excellence program. Each will receive 18 months of technical assistance from The Curtis Group to help improve fundraising capabilities. Building Excellence recipients are: Eggleston Services, Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia and Tidewater Winds.
- The Chrysler Museum of Art, $500,000 paid over five years to help expand gallery space and access for visitors with disabilities at The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk. The renovation will also replace the museumís climate control and lighting systems with more energy-efficient equipment.
- Virginia Zoological Society, $150,000 to help build a veterinary hospital and animal wellness campus at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.