Special Interest Grants

Can your nonprofit meet these special interests?

Charitable people have established endowments to address specific concerns or interests. We welcome applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving residents of South Hampton Roads according to the Eligibility Requirements and Application Deadlines, unless otherwise noted. While most special interest grants have an October 1 deadline, there are a few applications that are due on a different date.

The current nine areas of interest are below.

A grant opportunity for Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) grade K-2 teachers to improve student learning and enhance the classroom experience is offered for the 2021-22 school year. In 2019, a group of committed donors started the Friends of Norfolk Public Schools Fund, created to support NPS teachers and their daily classroom practices. In 2021, four (4) grants of $350 will be awarded. Applications are due Friday, October 29, 2021. Funding must be used prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year. The complete RFP and the Application form are available from elementary school principals in Norfolk Public Schools. Questions may be directed to grants@hamptonroadscf.org.

The Sue Cook Winfrey Fund supports organizations that provide services to abused children and adults. The fund shows preference for residential facilities for children. Grants typically range from $5,000 to $200,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application.

The Community Leadership Partners, an active giving group affiliated with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, awards annual grants in a specific focus area. The grant deadline occurred in May 2021.

2021 Grant Focus

Every year, the Partners learn about Hampton Roads issues, choose a funding focus area, invite nonprofits to apply for grants, go on site visits to see programs in action, and recommend grants to fund.

This year, the Community Leadership Partners will fund nonprofit organizations providing programs and services to people ages 16-24 who are at high risk of disconnection, or who are neither working nor in school nor in military service.

The 2021 deadline has passed.

The Laura Turner Fund and the Jennifer Lynn Gray Fund support organizations and programs that help people with disabilities live better lives. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $2,000. Applications are due October 1. Proposals will only be considered for programs providing services to adults with cerebral palsy or training to those with intellectual disabilities.

Apply online or review a sample application.

The Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund supports organizations that promote horticulture education. The fund has a preference for the Fred Heutte Center, Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Zoo. Grants range from $1,500 to $15,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application.

The Benjamin R. Brown and Charles G. Brown funds support organizations conducting mental health research to help people lead better lives. Grants range from $1,500 to $15,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application.

The Harry F. Wall Memorial Fund helps high schools on the Virginia Peninsula. The Mary E. and Curtis M. Chappell Jr. Fund supports arts and humanities activities on the Virginia Peninsula. Grants range from $1,000 to $1,200 for arts and $10,000 to $25,000 for high schools. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application.

The E. K. Sloane fund provides grants to help nonprofit organizations purchase or repair pianos – primarily those for public performance. Preference is given to nonprofit organizations in Hampton Roads. Grants range from $5,000 to $75,000. Applications are due October 1.

Apply online or review a sample application.

About the Fund and past recipients

Since 1997 the E.K. Sloane Fund has provided more than $4.1 million to purchase or restore more than 128 pianos for more than 95 venues at nonprofit organizations or schools. Several nonprofits have received more than one Sloane piano over the years.

Grants come from a bequest from the late E.K. Sloane, who grew up in Norfolk. He was an engineer who loved piano music but did not play the instrument himself. He anonymously bought pianos for nonprofit organizations during his lifetime. When he died in 1997 at age 90, he entrusted the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to continue his passion.

Recipients of Sloane piano grants

  • Academy of Music
  • Arts Enter Cape Charles
  • Ballet Virginia International
  • Bethel Baptist Church of Yorktown*
  • Boys Choir of Hampton Roads
  • Bruton Parish Church*
  • Chesapeake Bay Academy
  • Chesapeake Public Schools (for Indian River Middle School and Hugo A. Owens Middle School)
  • Chincoteague Arts League
  • Chincoteague Island Arts Organization
  • Christopher Newport University
  • City of Newport News (for the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center)
  • The College of William & Mary
  • Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
  • Community Alliance for the Performing Arts
  • Crispus Attucks Cultural Center
  • Ferguson Center for the Arts
  • First Presbyterian Church of Hampton*
  • Freemason Street Baptist Church*
  • Governor’s School for the Arts
  • Great Bridge Presbyterian Church*
  • Hampton Arts Foundation for The American Theatre
  • Hampton Roads Academy
  • Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus
  • Hampton University
  • The Hermitage Foundation Museum & Gardens
  • Hidenwood Presbyterian Church*
  • The Hurrah Players
  • Isle of Wight Arts League
  • Isle of Wight County Public Schools (for Smithfield High School)
  • Jewish Museum and Cultural Center
  • Larchmont United Methodist Church*
  • Little Theatre of Norfolk
  • New Hope Christian Community Center
  • New Life Community Development Center
  • Newport News Public Schools (for Menchville High School and Warwick High School)
  • Norfolk Academy
  • Norfolk Public Schools (for Academy of International Studies at Rosemont, Booker T. Washington High School, Campostella Elementary School, Granby High School, Lake Taylor High School, Lindenwood Elementary School, Maury High School, Northside Middle School, Oceanair Elementary School and Ruffner Academy)
  • Norfolk State University
  • Ohef Sholom Temple*
  • Old Dominion University
  • Opera in Williamsburg
  • People’s Place
  • Portsmouth Public Schools (for Churchland High School, Park View Elementary School, Victory Elementary School, Westhaven Elementary School and Woodrow Wilson High School)
  • Randolph College
  • Rappahannock Concert Association
  • Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church*
  • Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
  • Slover Library Foundation
  • Smithfield Little Theater
  • Southampton County Public Schools (for several schools)
  • Stepping Out Productions
  • Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
  • Suffolk Public Schools (for Nansemond River High School)
  • Thomas Nelson Community College Foundation
  • Tidewater Community College Foundation (for the Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk and the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach campuses)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church*
  • United Jewish Federation of Tidewater*
  • Village at Woods Edge
  • Virginia Arts Festival
  • Virginia Ballet Theatre
  • Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra (Symphonicity)
  • Virginia Children’s Chorus
  • Virginia Chorale
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation
  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Virginia Musical Theatre
  • Virginia Opera
  • Virginia Regional Ballet
  • Virginia Stage Company
  • Virginia Symphony
  • Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
  • Virginia Wesleyan University
  • Wakefield Foundation Center for the Arts
  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (for Warhill High School)
  • Williamsburg Players
  • Williamsburg Symphonia
  • York County Public Schools (for Grafton High School, Tabb High School and York High School)
  • York County School of the Arts
  • Zeider's American Dream Theatre

*Religious organizations must use pianos for public performances.

The Dal Paull Fund supports youth baseball and softball programs. Grants pay for equipment, uniform and capital improvements. Grants range from $500 to $2,500. Applications are not being accepted in 2020.

Past recipients


  • Ocean View Little League - for materials to build dug outs, new catchers gear and helmets and special balls for Challenger League
  • Bennetts Creek Baseball Association - for fence repairs in the pitchers area and first base line
  • Aid Another

    - for adaptive equipment

  • Shore Little League - to update and replace equipment (bases, bleachers, batting cage or L-screen protectors)


  • Cradock Little League - for uniforms and equipment
  • Deep Creek Baseball Association - for uniforms and equipment


  • Suffolk Youth Athletic Association - to buy breakaway bases
  • Shore Little League - to buy bleachers and anchors


  • Boys Baseball of Lynnhaven – for field lighting repairs
  • Chesapeake Youth Sports – for uniforms


  • Bennetts Creek Little League – for uniforms
  • Fleet Park Little League – for breakaway bases
  • Ocean View Little League – for equipment and gear for a Challenger league
  • Portsmouth Schools Foundation – for field repair at Churchland High School for Churchland Little League use


  • Cradock Little League – for equipment


  • Hampton Wythe Little League – to expand the concessions stand and announcer's booth
  • Kempsville Pony Baseball – for jerseys
  • Maury Baseball Club – to replace dugouts
  • Plaza Little League for uniforms


  • Azalea Little League – for helmets
  • Cradock Little League – to buy helmets and bats
  • Fleet Park Little League – for catchers' equipment


  • Westmoreland Children and Youth Association – for baseball uniforms
  • Windsor Athletic Association – for fence improvements