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Grant FAQ - COVID-Response

As our region copes with the ever-changing impact of the coronavirus, the Community Foundation is here for you. We have partnered with a large coalition of philanthropy, business and local government partners to launch the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund, ensuring that resources will be available to help local nonprofit organizations and public agencies meeting the critical needs of our most vulnerable residents and neighbors.

We understand that this situation is rapidly changing and it is hard to predict the full impact for our region and beyond. That is why this fund is designed to be flexible as needs change over time, and to coordinate with other resources and responses at the local, state and national levels. Rest assured, we are working diligently to monitor needs, changes, and developments daily to ensure we are providing comprehensive support to our community.  

Please review the following Frequently Asked Questions to learn how your organization can share needs with us, how the fund will work, what impact the crisis will have on our current grant cycle and other details. While we are operating remotely, we are operating at full capacity and we are available if we can assist in any way. 

About the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund 

What does the fund support? 

Eligible organizations must provide services in Central Virginia, which for this initiative includes the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg; the town of Ashland; and the immediate surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan. Aligned with the larger footprint of the Emergency Management Alliance, requests will also be considered for organizations serving Amelia, Brunswick, Caroline, Charles City, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Emporia, Essex, Fort AP Hill, Fort Lee, Greensville, King and Queen, King William, Louisa, New Kent, Price George and Sussex. 

Initial funding priorities include: 

  1. Organizations providing crisis response services. 
  2. Organizations who are experiencing a greater demand for current services due to the pandemic. 

The fund will initially focus on delivery of essential services in housing, health-related, childcare, senior services, and crisis behavioral health care and/or requests that serve the following populations: children and youth, seniors, individuals experiencing homelessness, public housing residents, immigrants and community members with limited English language proficiency. 

What does the fund NOT support? 

The fund does not support requests for individual assistance, business support, or business loans.  

Here are current resources for individuals: 

  • If you are an individual in need, please contact #211. 
  • Information for people experiencing homelessness: Homeless Crisis Line, 804-972-0813 
  • Healthcare for people experiencing homelessness: Daily Planet Health Services, 804-783-2505

Is my organization eligible if we have not previously received funding from Community Foundation?


How can my organization apply for emergency support? 

In order to move resources quickly and minimize the burden on organizations, we are not following a  formal application process. With flexible funding as the priority, reporting requirements will also be simplified.

Please submit your organization’s needs using this Google Form, which you can preview here before you begin. If you would like to discuss your specific needs in more detail, please contact a Program Officer

What is the minimum grant amount you will consider? 

We will consider requests of any amount, but we expect most grants to be between $10,000-$50,000.  

When will grants be awarded? 

Our goal is to process requests quickly and on a rolling basis, with priority given to requests that address immediate needs.  

Can my organization apply more than once? 

Yes, please feel free to update us as your needs change.  

Impact of COVID-19 response on existing grant cycles 

How will this affect the Community Foundation’s current Community Impact grants process? 

The 2020 Community Impact grants process is proceeding as planned at this time. The funding available for Community Impact Grants has NOT changed and is not being diverted to the COVID-19 Response Fund.  

My organization can no longer meet the outcomes proposed in our 2019 grant award because of changes to our operations and programs. What should I do? 

We know that many of the programs and activities proposed have changed in recent weeks and we will work with each organization to make modifications as needed.  

Can we re-purpose current grant support for another use, such as operations? 

Yes, we are open to modifying 2019 grants to support current needs, including converting restricted programmatic support to cover general operating expenses. Please contact your Program Officer to discuss this process, when you are able.  

My organization submitted a request in our 2020 Community Impact Grant application that is no longer our greatest need or relevant to our organization. Can I revise the descriptions of activities and outcomes submitted? 

Yes, we are open to changing and updating these grant requests. Please contact your Program Officer to discuss.  

Resources to help with other needs 

How can my organization update the Community Foundation’s donors on our needs? 

As always, our team works collaboratively to ensure cross-communication of needs with donors as appropriate. Meanwhile, we strongly encourage you to continue outreach to your supporters about the impact of COVID-19 on your programs and operations.

You may keep us aware of your needs by submitting them through this Google form. If you wish to discuss your needs in greater detail, please contact your Program Officer

Will the Community Foundation be offering any training programs? 

Yes, we are currently exploring which topics are most relevant to the sector during this time, as well as virtual opportunities to provide an interactive environment. Please stay tuned for upcoming capacity and training opportunities specifically designed to support organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

How can we access volunteers?  

Our HandsOn team is working diligently with partners to identify ways for volunteers to support community needs, while also following guidance from the CDC and state and local officials. As appropriate, new opportunities will be added to the HandsOn website. You may contact our staff for assistance at  

Please submit your volunteer needs using this Google form.  

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