Black Community Partnership Fund

Hampton Roads Community Foundation awards nearly $1 million in grants to Black nonprofits

Norfolk, Va. (June 16, 2021) - Today, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation announced that it is giving away nearly $1 million in grants to 30 local Black nonprofit organizations as a part of its commitment to racial equity.

This commitment involves confronting unfair and unjust policies and practices that persistently limit opportunities for Black people in Hampton Roads and beyond.

The grants come from the Black Community Partnership Fund, which the Foundation launched in 2020 thanks to a $1 million gift from Facebook to support Black nonprofits. The Foundation awarded grants to nonprofits with a majority Black board of directors, executive leadership and/or staff, and that primarily serve Black people.

“The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is serious about addressing racism and racial inequities in the region,” said Linda Rice, vice president for grantmaking. “These unique grants will support Black leaders and organizations who know firsthand how to address important community needs.”

Grants, which will be paid over two years, can be used for a variety of programs and needs.

Recipients are:

Beauty for Ashes Contemporary School of Dance, $20,000

Black BRAND, $20,000

Blakely Weaver Counseling Center, Inc., $30,000

Buffalow Family and Friends Community Days, $10,000

Clever Communities In Action, $50,000

Community Outreach Coalition, $40,000

Don Carey REECH Foundation, $10,000

Edustar Performing Arts Society Inc. $10,000

Envision Lead Grow, Inc., $30,000

G.I.R.L.S. Club, $50,000

Garden of Hope, $50,000

Hearts Full of Grace Inc., $20,000

Hope U Inc., $50,000

I. Sherman Greene Chorale, Inc., $5,000

Kairos Freedom Schools of Virginia, Inc., $30,000

Life Enrichment Center of Norfolk, $50,000

Menchville House Ministries, Inc., $50,000

Mosaic Steel Orchestra, $50,000

New Vision Youth Services, Inc., $30,000

Nursing CAP, $10,000

Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless, Inc., $50,000

Quality of Life Inc., $20,000

Southside Boys and Girls Club, $20,000

The Elders House, $10,000

TWP-The Youth Movement, $50,000

Visions of Truth Community Development Corporation, $50,000

Walk In It Inc., $45,000

Wesley Community Service Center, Inc., $50,000

Young Investor Group ,$10,000

Youth Outreach Urban Resources & Services, $50,000

The remaining $30,000 of the $1 million gift will be used to support the grant recipients as a fee that will be used for Foundation operations.

The Foundation welcomes your unrestricted donations to racial equity efforts. Give now.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is southeastern Virginia’s largest grant and scholarship provider. Since 1950 it has awarded more than $324 million in grants and scholarships to make life better in Hampton Roads.

For news media inquiries, contact Cherise M. Newsome, vice president for communications and marketing at cnewsome@hamptonroadscf.org.

What is the Black Community Partnership Fund?

The Black Community Partnership Fund was created in 2020 at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation thanks to a $1 million gift from Facebook as a part of its commitment to supporting Black nonprofits.

The Foundation awarded grants to Black-led and Black-serving organizations working in these cities: Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Isle of Wight County, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

What does Black-led and Black-serving mean?

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation uses the Association of Black Foundation Executives’ definition of a Black-led and Black-serving organization: an organization with a majority Black Board of Directors, executive leadership and/or staff, and that primarily serves Black people.

Why Black nonprofits?

Providing funds directly to Black nonprofits helps confront the injustices Black people face on a daily basis. It is a conscious step to address the racial disparities that have impacted Black communities for generations. And, it is a visible demonstration of our commitment to racial equity.

Can I still apply?

All of the grants have been awarded. Using the form below, sign up for our Black Nonprofits emails to learn about other grant opportunities.

How long will the Black Community Partnership Fund last?

The $1 million award from Facebook will be awarded over a two-year period, starting in 2021. The goal is to quickly deploy resources to the Black community through Black-led and Black-serving organizations.

However, addressing the full scope of community needs and racial inequities will take much longer. This is why the Black Community Partnership Fund is a part of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation’s long-term commitment to racial equity. The community foundation encourages other people, organizations, and businesses to join us on the journey. Learn more here.

I believe in racial equity. How can I donate to the cause?

We welcome your unrestricted donations to our racial equity efforts. Give now.