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.
December 2020 grants
In December 2020, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation approved more than $1.9 million in grants focused on special interest grants.
Competitive grant awards were made from specific funds to these organizations:
From the Sue Cook Winfrey Memorial Fund for organizations helping children and/or relationship partners who have been abused:
- The Genieve Shelter, $50,000 to fund a full-time Children’s Advocate for the children's program.
- Samaritan House, $15,000 to create child-friendly safe spaces for families staying in emergency shelter.
- Tidewater Friends of Foster Care, Inc., $60,000 to expand its tutoring program for foster youth.
- United Methodist Family Services of Virginia, $25,000.00 to support children in the Treatment Foster Care program through the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Virginia Beach CASA, $18,720 to fund a part-time coach/mentor for the Bridges to Success program.
From the Landmark Fund for Slover Technology for technology at the Slover Library in Norfolk:
- Slover Library Foundation, $149,600 to modernize and expand the Slover Library's existing lighting and digital AV system.
From the E.K. Sloane Fund for pianos, a combined total of $121,132 to these organizations:
- Tidewater Winds
- Chesapeake Public Schools
- Christopher Newport University
- Norfolk Public Schools
- Virginia Beach City Public Schools
From the Alfred L. Nicholson Fund for the humane treatment and care of animals:
- Norfolk SPCA, $115,000 to support capital upgrades to the main facility and equipment for their new off-site clinic.
- Virginia Beach SPCA, $115,000 to provide for capital improvements, IT equipment and software upgrades.
From the Jennifer Lynn Gray to support training for people with mental disabilities:
- The Academy of Music, $1,400 to support Band-Together, a new outreach program to provide instrumental instruction
- Hope House Foundation, $1,992 to provide online learning modules that focus on the needs and concerns of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
From the Jennifer Lynn Gray Fund to support training for people with mental disabilities and from the Laura Turner Fund to assist adults with cerebral palsy:
- Ability Center of Virginia, $3,000 to support the Ability Day Program, which provides activities and outings that emphasize and encourage community inclusion, personal independence, skill development, and positive team-building.
From the Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund for horticultural educational purposes:
- Hermitage Museum and Gardens, $8,000 to expand the educational programs through 2hands-on, practical approaches to garden and environmental conservation
- Norfolk Botanical Gardens, $15,000 to support the programming in the children's garden in conjunction with the 2021 summer exhibit, Washed Ashore
- Virginia Zoological Society $6,500 to replace eight raised garden boxes and signage on the Animal Wellness Campus
From the Charles G. Brown Fund for advanced research in mental illness:
- Eastern Virginia Medical School, $15,000.00 for research to study specific stresses in relation to perinatal and postpartum care during the Covid-19 pandemic
From the Charles G. Brown Fund for advanced research in mental illness and from the
Benjamin R. Brown Fund for research in mental illness and for those living with it:
- Old Dominion University Educational Foundation, $13,000 for research to study the effects of peer-supported exercise on symptoms of anxiety and depression among young adults.
From the Mary E. and Curtis M. Chappell Jr. Fund for arts and humanities on the Virginia Peninsula and from the H. Lee Kanter Fund for the performing arts:
- Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $1,200 to provide sessions to music students in Hampton City Schools to learn technique, posture, fingerings, sound production, music theory and general musicality
From the Mary E. and Curtis M. Chappell Jr. Fund for arts and humanities on the Virginia Peninsula
- Mosaic Steel Orchestra, $1,200 to support a steel drum virtual program for Black boys in Newport News.
From the Harry F. Wall Memorial Scholarship Fund for public high schools on the Virginia Peninsula
- Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads, $12,380 to provide counseling, mentoring, and attendance monitoring, academic assistance, and connections to resources for students at Hampton High School
Miscellaneous grant awards were made to these organizations:
- Urban League of Hampton Roads, $300,000 over three years for Project Ready-Career Beginnings program designed to improve school retention and graduation for youth ages 11-18 and to prepare older youth ages 16-24 for the workplace
- EVMS Minus 9 to 5, $197,744.00 for the EVMS Minus 9 to 5 regional organization
- Reinvent Hampton Roads, $200,000 for support of Reinvent Hampton Roads
- Business Consortium for Arts Support, $478,000.00 to support the Business Consortium for Arts Support in 2021
In September 2020, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation awarded $505,992 in competitive grants to five area nonprofits. Funds came from community foundation donors’ unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.
Awarded grants were:
ForKids, Inc. $46,750 over three years for the Economic Mobility Interventions for Families program
New Vision Youth Services, $45,000 over three years to expand their Transitional Housing Step I program for young people ages 18-21 who are not working or in school
Neighborhood, $103, 000 over three years to expand the career training and coaching program
VB Home Now, $150,000 over three years to help families experiencing homelessness or at risk of being homeless obtain and retain permanent housing
The Up Center, $161,242 over three years to support a Pediatric Clinician who will provide specialized counseling services for military children and adolescents.
In June 2020, more than $600,000 in grants were awarded to nonprofits. This grant cycle primarily focused on cultural vitality and educational success. Recipients included:
Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads, $30,000 over two years for the 5 Star Kids preschool program.
d’Art Center, $17,000 to support an expansion of its financial literacy and art program at Richard Bowling Elementary School in Norfolk.
RVA 757 Connects, $300,000 over three years to support regional competitiveness of Hampton Roads and the greater Richmond area through strategic collaboration.
Teens with a Purpose, $90,000 over three years to expand its arts and culture programming for youth.
The Literacy Lab, $30,000 to support the expansion of its literacy program in Norfolk and Portsmouth.
Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation, $158,014 to support the Academy for Nonprofit Excellence for the 2020-21 academic year.
Virginia Air and Space Center, $40,000 over two years, to expand its STEM 360 Project to 4th and 5th grade students in Norfolk and Portsmouth.
Virginia Stage Company, $5,000 to support an artist in residence for the 2020-21 year at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk.
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 round 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.