Recent grants from our annual competitive process
Recent Community Grants
Four times a year the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations through its competitive Community Grants and Special Interest Grants program. Funding comes from generous donors' unrestricted and field of interest funds.
In March 2020, grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations from donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. Organizations awarded grants included:
Cornland School Foundation, $24,000 to move a historic former school so it can be preserved and open for tours. Cornland School is the last school building remaining in Chesapeake that served African-American students from the early 1900s to 1952. It is on both the National Historic Register and the Virginia Landmark Register. Funding is in part from the Vernon and Judith Cofer Fund.
Elizabeth River Project, $350,000 over three years to help build the Louis & Pru Ryan Resilience Lab in Norfolk along the Lafayette River. The lab will be the regional nonprofit’s headquarters and will have a sea-level rise resilience park along the river. Funding is in part from the Community Fund for the Environment, Inge Family Fund for the Environment, Willliam Thomas Reilly Fund and the Barbara Upton Wilson Fund.
The Hurrah Players, $101,000 over two years to add a second floor to regional family theater’s Hugh R. Copeland Center in Norfolk’s NEON District. The expansion to the training center will include a television and film academy and costume storage.
Nansemond River Preservation Alliance, $50,000 over two years to expand to all third graders in Suffolk Public Schools the Watershed Explorers program. This environmental education program, which has been in Suffolk middle and high schools teaches students about waterways, watersheds and sea-level rise.
Southside Boys & Girls Club, $150,000 to help replace windows and renovate the nearly 40-year-old building’s classrooms, computer room, gym, kitchen and other areas. The club provides programs for 1,500 annually youth from Title I schools in the Berkeley and Campostella neighborhoods in Norfolk and the South Norfolk neighborhood in Chesapeake.
Virginia Stage Company, $157,425 to upgrade the outdated sound system at the Wells Theatre as well as its antiquated system that uses pulleys and sandbags to change sets. Funds come from the William A. Goldback Fund for the Performing Arts and the H. Lee Kanter Fund for the Performing Arts.
VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, $75,000 for the VolunTier Vision software program that matches are volunteers with nonprofit opportunities.
Virginia Wesleyan University, $73,700 to upgrade the Fine Arts Building’s heating and cooling system and build a new kiln area in the building that houses ceramics, painting photography, and sculpture studios and also provides rehearsal space for instrumental and choral programs.
December 2019 grants
In December 2019, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation approved more than $2.4 million in grants during its last found of Community Grant funding for 2019 primarily focused on special interest grants.
Business Consortium for Arts Support, $478,000 from seven donor funds focused on the arts, to help support 39 area cultural and performing arts groups in 2020.
Chesapeake Humane Society, $200,000 from the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund for expansions that include dog kennel space, larger veterinary clinic, a conference room and more administrative space.
Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads, $15,000 from the Harry F. Wall Fund for Peninsula high schools to expand its Hampton High School program that assists students at-risk of dropping out of high school graduate to help them succeed in life.
Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation, $500,000 over five years to support the medical school’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Funding is in part from the William A. Goldback Fund for medical education.
Help and Emergency Response Inc. (HER Shelter), $23,745 from the Sue Cook Winfrey Memorial Fund for abused and neglected children to add a part-time program assistant, curriculum materials and mentoring activities for its children’s program.
Norfolk Botanical Garden, $15,000 from the Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund for horticultural education for education program in the Children’s Garden in 2020.
Norfolk SPCA, $100,000 from the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund to upgrade veterinary clinic technology and improve the shelter facilities.
Old Dominion University Educational Foundation, $500,000 over five years to help develop Recover Hampton Roads, which will assist people from areas vulnerable to flooding and who are medically fragile quickly recover from natural disasters.
Piano grants: $178,200 from the E.K. Sloane Fund for pianos at Ballet Virginia International, Chesapeake Public Schools (for Hugo A. Owens Middle School), Christopher Newport University, the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, Newport News Public Schools (for Warwick High School), Suffolk Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (for Plaza Middle School) and Virginia Opera Association.
Slover Library Foundation, $159,101 from the Landmark Fund for Slover Technology to upgrade interactive and multimedia displays throughout the library to help library patrons better access materials and information.
Tidewater Friends of Foster Care Inc., $80,000 from the Sue Cook Winfrey Memorial Fund to expand its tutoring program for youth living in foster care in Hampton Roads to help them stay on grade level.
Virginia Beach SPCA, $100,000 from the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund to complete its expanded yard where shelter dogs exercise.
In September 2019, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awarded $497,500 in grants to seven area nonprofits. Funds came from community foundation donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.
Awarded grants were:
American Heart Association, $100,000 over three years to expand its mobile cooking program that provides healthy cooking classes for people who rely heavily on the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. The program aims to improve the health of participants, and it is conducted in partnership with Eastern Virginia Medical School and Healthy Portsmouth.
The Chas Foundation, $54,000 over two years for its Mental Illness Navigator and Support program. It provides peer crisis support, assistance with navigating the court system, transportation assistance, and development of action plans. The Chas Foundation also trains police crisis intervention teams, behavioral mental health providers, pediatricians and social workers. This grant will help The Chas Foundation double the number of families it serves by adding two part-time staff positions and increasing care coordination and follow-up.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities, $193,500 over three years, to support rapid re-housing services for people facing homelessness in Western Tidewater and Chesapeake. Funds will help individuals find permanent, stable housing and will provide case management services to keep participants on track.
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, $100,000 over three years for the Healthy Foods Pantry Program to increase the number of people who have access to healthy foods. Funds will help convert eight food pantries into markets where Foodbank shoppers can choose healthy foods they want instead of receiving a prepared box of food. Shoppers will be guided by volunteers to fresh foods as well as receive nutrition education lessons developed by a dietitian.
The FREE Foundation (Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment), $14,000 over two years to support a program that provides free, durable medical equipment and assistive devices for people who cannot afford them. The grant covers a new community outreach position, rehabilitation equipment, and sanitation equipment and supplies to assist people with physical mobility challenges.
PIN Ministry (People In Need), $8,000 to expand the medication program for people experiencing homelessness. The medications will provide emergency care for acute issues, decreasing the use of the hospital emergency departments for primary care.
St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, $10,000 to support a program to better serve children with complex behavioral issues, including those who self-harm and show aggression towards others.
In June 2019, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awarded $593,802 in grant to eight area nonprofits. Funds came from community foundation donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.
Awarded grants were:
Hampton Roads Workforce Foundation, $150,000 over three years for the NextGen Pathways program to help 200 Chesapeake, Norfolk and Portsmouth residents between ages 16 and 24. Participants will receive job training, tutoring and internships. The program is for youth who are not in school, working or in the military and may have experienced homelessness, lived in foster homes or have disabilities.
The Endependence Center, $147,890 over three years to create the Road 2 Independence program. This Transitional Life Skills Program is for area residents ages 16 to 22 who have disabilities. The program will help prepare participants to transition to post-secondary education or careers.
Girls Influenced by Righteous Living in All Situations (G.I.R.L.S. Club), $40,800 over three years to expand an after-school tutoring and mentoring program to a Title I school in Norfolk. The program works with females who have minimal parental involvement, lack adult supervision and are at-risk of not succeeding in school.
Places and Programs for Children, $16,777 to add The Creative Curriculum to 27 Children’s Harbor early care and education classrooms in Chesapeake, Norfolk and Portsmouth. The curriculum will help teachers develop differentiated educational activities and will support student-driven learning for pre-school children. Funding comes in part from the Jeanne Atkinson Fund.
The Planning Council, $25,000 for a planning to help a coalition of more than 14 stakeholders create a system to help disconnected or opportunity youth in Chesapeake succeed in life. Stakeholders include area nonprofits, government agencies and faith-based organizations.
STOP Inc., $15,000 to expand an after-school and summer program in Chesapeake’s Geneva Shores neighborhood. The program for youth ages 10 to 17 will focus on science, engineering, agriculture, technology and math (STEAM). Funding comes in part from the Ryan S. Crouse Fund and the Lowery D. Finley Jr. Memorial Fund.
Tidewater Community College, $154,335 for the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence to offer training courses for nonprofit professionals in Hampton Roads.
Youth Outreach Urban Resources and Services Ministry (YOURS), $44,000 over two years to implement the Natural Helpers curriculum into its Community Success Leadership Program in Norfolk’s Broad Creek and Ingleside neighborhoods. The program teaches middle- and high-school students to become peer counselors and mentors. Funding came from the Ethel T. Jones Fund and the Community Fund for Educational Achievement.