Black Community Partnership Fund

The application portal for the Black Community Partnership grant is now closed. The application deadline was March 1, 2021. Grant decisions will be announced no later than May 17. Stay tuned to this page in May for more details.

Facebook awards $1 million to Hampton Roads Community Foundation to support Black communities

The award launches the Black Community Partnership Fund which will provide grants to Black-led and Black-serving organizations in the region starting in 2021

In recognition of its efforts to advance racial equity, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation received a $1 million award from Facebook. The money will be used to strengthen and support Black-led and Black-serving nonprofit organizations in the region.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is one of only 20 community foundations in the country to receive this funding. The money will be used to create the Black Community Partnership Fund, which will award at least 20 grants to Black-led and Black-serving local organizations starting in 2021. The award is part of Facebook’s commitment to support Black businesses, creators, and nonprofits.

“We’re excited to work with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to help bring much needed funding to nonprofits that are serving and supporting the Black community in Hampton Roads,” said Marcy Scott Lynn, Facebook director of global impact partnerships. “We’re providing funding directly to the community foundation to build on its track record of supporting Black-led nonprofits and ensure that people locally are making the decisions about where these dollars are most needed and can have the most impact.”

The award builds upon the community foundation’s ongoing efforts to advance a more equitable and inclusive community.

“We are elated that Facebook recognizes the Hampton Roads Community Foundation’s commitment to racial equity and chose to partner with us to support Black-led nonprofits,” said President and CEO Deborah DiCroce. “Too often, racial bias and inequities limit opportunities for Black people. Thus, the Black Community Partnership Fund will help challenge and dismantle structural racism in our community.”

In 2019, the community foundation affirmed its commitment to racial equity and has taken steps to mitigate the impact of racism and explore the history of race in the region, including hosting community-based forums, creating an annual Black philanthropy month celebration, conducting an internal equity assessment of the foundation’s practices, and participating in numerous training sessions on racial equity.

Vivian Oden, the Vice President for Special Projects who manages the community foundation’s racial equity work, said the funding will address systemic racism by providing support directly to organizations led by Black people and that serve people in the Black community.

“The community foundation trusts Black-led nonprofits to know how to address critical needs in their communities,” Oden said. “The Black Community Partnership Fund will leverage the strength of Black leaders and organizations to make a lasting impact in the Black community.”

Throughout the year, find updates at BlackCommunityPartnershipFund.org.

Here are answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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 award from Facebook as a part of its commitment supporting Black businesses, creators, and nonprofits.

Who can apply for a grant?

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation will award at least 20 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.

When will the application open?

In early 2021. We are still finalizing details. Sign up for our Black Nonprofits emails to stay in touch.

How many grants will be awarded? And, what is the amount of each grant?

At least 20 grants will be awarded over a two-year period. There may be more. The specific number of grants and the specific amounts have not yet been determined.

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 early 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.

What is required to apply?

Specific details will be announced in early 2021. For now, please note the community foundation’s typical eligibility requirements here. The community foundation will conduct a thorough review process to ensure nonprofits receiving these grants are eligible.

I want to help with racial equity and/or the Black Community Partnership Fund. How can I donate?

The community foundation welcomes your unrestricted donations to Racial Equity efforts. Donate here.