COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

United Way of South Hampton Roads and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation Award $517,410 in COVID-19 Relief Grants

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and United Way of South Hampton Roads jointly awarded $517,410 in initial rapid response grants to 34 nonprofits providing COVID-19 relief for people in South Hampton Roads.

Grant recipients are nonprofits working on the frontlines helping people with food security, emergency housing, household essentials and mental health counseling. The Community Foundation and United Way jointly provided funding, reviewed grant applications, and awarded grants.

Grant recipients are:

  • An Achievable Dream Virginia Beach, $15,000 for food and other essentials for students and their families.
  • Buffalow Family and Friends Community Days, $20,000 to feed people in South Norfolk.
  • Children's Health Investment Program (CHIP), $25,000 for essentials to help families in 11 home visiting programs in the region.
  • Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads, $10,000 for mental health services for parents and guardians of students it serves.
  • Cover 3 Foundation, $5,000 for breakfast and lunch for area children.
  • Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, $50,000 for food distributed to residents in South Hampton Roads.
  • ForKids inc., $25,000 for rental assistance
  • Friends of the Portsmouth Juvenile Court Inc., $18,300 to feed Portsmouth residents and to purchase essential items.
  • The Genieve Shelter, $10,000 for emergency shelter.
  • Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank, $5,000 for essential items for families.
  • Hampton Roads Community Action Program Inc., $10,000 for needs for families in the region.
  • Help and Emergency Response Inc., $10,000 for emergency shelter.
  • Hope House Foundation Inc., $8,000 to feed individuals living with developmental disabilities.
  • Isle of Wight Christian Outreach Program Inc., $25,000 for food and essential items for people in Isle of Wight County.
  • Joy Ministries, $15,000 for food and essential supplies for clients in the region.
  • Judeo-Christian Outreach Center Inc., $10,000 for food and emergency shelter.
  • LGBT Life Center, $18,000 for meals for clients.
  • Meals on Wheels of Chesapeake Inc., $5,000 to increase the number of older adults with limited income receiving meals.
  • Mercy Chefs Inc., $25,000 to prepare meals for people in need.
  • Mercy Drops Dream Center, $20,000 for food to help Portsmouth residents.
  • Oasis Commission on Social Ministry of Portsmouth/Chesapeake, $3,500 for food to help Portsmouth residents.
  • PIN Ministry, $7,560 for food and essential supplies for people experiencing homelessness in Virginia Beach.
  • The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command, $25,000 for food and essential supplies for people in Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
  • The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps, $7,500 to feed people in Portsmouth.
  • The Salvation Army Suffolk Corps, $7,500 to feed people in Suffolk.
  • Samaritan House Inc., $20,000 for emergency shelter.
  • Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, $15,000 to help older adults with food and essential items.
  • Survivor Ventures, $16,050 for emergency shelter for survivors of human trafficking.
  • The Up Center, $25,000 for professional mental health care.
  • Urban League of Hampton Roads Inc., $20,000 for emergency shelter and rental assistance.
  • Virginia Supportive Housing, $6,000 for food and essential items for people permanently housed in South Hampton Roads after experiencing chronic homelessness.
  • Wesley Community Service Center Inc., $5,000 for food to help Portsmouth residents.
  • William A. Hunton YMCA, $10,000 for food to help Norfolk families.
  • YWCA South Hampton Roads, $20,000 for emergency shelter.

“Our nonprofit infrastructure has been hit hard by this crisis and yet many are pivoting or increasing their services to respond,” said Michele Anderson, president and CEO of United Way of South Hampton Roads. “Together with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, we are ensuring these human service agencies on the frontlines have the support they need to continue providing their critical services to our community.”

“The reality is that the needs run deep throughout our entire community,” said Deborah M. DiCroce, president and CEO of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. “Our nonprofit partners continue to be on the front lines of responding to the crisis, which challenges their already tight resources.”

In June, the community foundation awarded a second round of grants to these organizations:

  • Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, $9,000 to feed individuals and families they serve.
  • Mile High Kids and Community Development Inc., $7,000 to deliver food to four neighborhoods in Virginia Beach where children in their day care live.
  • Sickle Cell Association,Inc., $1,500 for essential products for patients with Sickle Cell.
  • YMCA of South Hampton Roads, $4,000 to support food distribution to individuals and families in partnership with the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.

About the funding organizations

United Way of South Hampton Roads is the largest private funder dedicated to human service needs in South Hampton Roads. The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is the largest nonprofit grant and scholarship provider in the region.

Donations for additional coronavirus relief efforts can be made at

Funding for frontline nonprofits providing essential services

The coronavirus crisis is having an unprecedented impact on our region and its residents, particularly nonprofit partners on the frontlines of response efforts. The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and United Way of South Hampton Roads are collaborating on rapid response grant funding to support nonprofit partners at the forefront of caring for people in need.

Our goal is to ensure continued operation of critical human service nonprofits by supporting agencies that are adapting and responding to urgent and essential needs of people who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This first RFP will focus on four priorities based on community feedback and emerging data:

  • Food insecurity
  • Emergency housing
  • Household essentials
  • Mental health

Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is registered with the Commonwealth of Virginia, serves residents in a specified area and meets basic due diligence requirements is eligible to apply. For more information on requirements click below to read the complete RFP.

Award amounts will vary based on several factors, such as the scope of the proposed response and the number of grant requests received. Most grants will range from $1,000-$25,000. However, collaborative proposals that demonstrate a coordinated effort among two or more partners may be considered for larger awards.

The priority deadline for submissions was Monday, April 13, 2020, meaning applications submitted by this date were guaranteed consideration. However, we are keeping the RFP open and continuing to accept applications through May 4.

Our joint response will leverage each organization’s strengths to help our nonprofits and our neighbors in need at this pivotal time.

The application process is now closed.

To join the Community Foundation in providing COVID-19 relief for nonprofits, you can donate at or send a check earmarked for COVID-19 Relief to Hampton Roads Community Foundation, 101 W. Main Street, Suite 4500, Norfolk, VA 23510.