Community Leadership Partners Grants

Community Leadership Partners 2023 Grants

The Community Leadership Partners, a giving circle of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, awarded $200,000 in grants to 17 area nonprofits in 2023. These organizations provide impactful and practical programs that support mental health services. Since 2010, the Partners have awarded more than $2.95 million to organizations making a difference in Hampton Roads. The 2023 grant recipients are:

Care For Me Youth Initiatives, $8,000 to support professional facilitators for the Just Breathe Program and improve social and emotional wellness for children ages 6-17 children in South Hampton Roads, including mental health awareness, anxiety, and suicide prevention.

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Inc., $10,000 to support a new program offering Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) services to be integrated into CHKD's Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) mental health programs.

Communities In Schools of Hampton Roads, $20,500 to support training and certifications for CISofHR's Program Directors and Site Coordinators to become Qualified Mental Health Professionals certified to work with children (QMHP-C) by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Health Professions Board of Counseling.

Eastern Virginia Medical School , $10,000 to support EVMS's Art Therapy and Counseling "The Arts for Optimal Health Program (AOHP): Veterans Project" to improve veterans’ wellness, increase access to services, improve quality of life, and to identify individuals with symptoms of mental illness and connect them to early intervention resources.

ForKids, inc., $13,500 to support staffing ForKids' Mental Health Specialist and Family Wellness Coordinator, to offer mental health crisis assessments, referrals, and support, and to help remove barriers to accessing mental health resources.

Indigo Center for Autism, $8,000 to support a speech pathologist for a day program for adults with autism that provides individualized assistance including mental health support.

NAMI Coastal Virginia, $12,000 to hire a new Youth Programs Coordinator to support the Ending the Silence (ETS) program that educates students in south Hampton Roads high schools about mental health conditions, to de-stigmatize mental health discussions.

Quality of Life Inc., $12,000 to support the Your Well-Being Matters (YWM) program and assist youth and their families affected by mental health disorders in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach with early intervention strategies, resources, healing circles, mentors, and mental health educational and awareness workshops, to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

Recovery for the City, $9,500 to support a certified Peer Recovery Specialist faciliating a weekly peer support and recovery program for homeless individuals at the Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center who struggle with mental health issues, substance abuse, and/or compulsive behaviors.

The Chas Foundation, $20,000 to support the Mental Illness Navigator & Support Program, a non-clinical, family-centered, trauma-informed support program for individuals, families, and caretakers seeking treatment and access to mental health services through education about related legal issues, connection to resources and treatment options, and wrap-around support services.

The Nasia Foundation, $2,000 to support the Brain Injury & Mental Health Program, assisting newly and post-TBI survivors and caregivers affected by Traumatic Brain Injury, and to provide mental health coping strategies.

The Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation, $10,000 to support suicide prevention programming in Hampton Roads, through public health messaging about suicide warning signs and stigma reduction, suicide prevention programming in the workplace, and suicide intervention trainings.

The Up Center, $18,000 to support training programs for new Peer Recovery Specialists, including CRPS, to increase community access to trauma-informed PRS services throughout South Hampton Roads.

Tidewater African Cultural Alliance (TACA), $12,500 to support a 9-month psycho-educational program that seeks to eradicate the mental health stigma, including anxiety and depression, within the adult African Diaspora community in Hampton Roads.

Together We Can Foundation, $10,000 to support the creation and publication of GET HEALTHY: A Smart Guide to Physical Health, Mental Health and Resilience, designed to reduce the stigma around mental health challenges for youth, and to introduce resilience-boosting curriculum to the Life-Work Portfolio course.

TWP-The Youth Movement, $16,000 to support community-level Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) responders training with trauma reduction strategies to help people in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and to coordinate faciliated community-based mental health healing circles.

Virginia Stage Company, $8,000 to support free community performances of the play "Every Brilliant Thing" to destigmatize depression, anxiety, and mental illness through audience engagement and theater.