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COVID-19 Response Grants

The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund was active from March 2020 to September 2021. During that time, an advisory committee regularly reviewed requests to the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund, with initial consideration going to organizations with the proven ability to address the immediate needs of those most affected by the pandemic and later to support longer term community recovery. Below is a list of organizations that have received grants.

Grants Awarded

$6,670,129 awarded via 219 grants through May 19, 2021

*Asterisks denote newest grants reported.

Childcare

First Baptist Ashland Christian Child Development Center
To support deep cleaning, pre-wrapped meals, social distancing materials, thermometers and staff costs for the Child Development Center. 

FRIENDS Association for Children 
To support childcare and virtual learning supervision for the children of essential workers, first responders, and low-income families. 

Fulton Montessori School 
To support the continuation of preschool and childcare services for essential workers and working families. 

HomeAgain
To support transportation and virtual learning supervision costs for school-age children in the family shelter, and to support salary costs for a learning coordinator position. 

Huguenot UMC Preschool 
To support cleaning, sanitizing, and additional security costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Kiddie Kingdom Inc. 
To support salary costs and operating expenses due to reduced enrollment and extra staffing required to meet Virginia’s health guidelines. 

Peter Paul 
To support transportation at Peter Paul’s emergency childcare and facilitated learning center at MLK Middle School. 

St. James’s Children’s Center 
To support the Children’s Center early childhood and facilitated learning programs for the children of essential personnel and low-income working families. 

YMCA of Greater Richmond 
To provide full-day childcare to the children of essential personnel, and to support staff and supply costs for year-round, out-of-school time programs. 

YWCA Richmond 
To support the Sprout School's high quality, full-year, full-day, mixed-income early education.  

Education

Amelia County Public Schools
To support the food service operation by adding additional kiosks that provide meals to students while social distancing.

Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation 
To support the creation of culturally responsive and inclusive digital tool kits that connect youth from diverse backgrounds with their mental health.  

Charles City County Public Schools
To provide support for internet access and “grab and go meals” for students, additional personnel, transportation, professional development for remote instruction and ongoing sanitation.

Chesterfield Education Foundation
To support the purchase of WiFi hotspots and learning devices for students without access at home

Colonial Heights Public Schools
To support the purchase of mobile hotspots, Chromebooks, and document cameras needed for online learning.

Dinwiddie County Public Schools
To provide internet access to students in remote areas of the county.

Goochland Education Foundation 
To support costs for video-recorded lessons, broadband access for students without internet, and the purchase of Kajeet devices for virtual learning. 

Hanover Education Foundation
To support the purchase of mobile hotspots for teachers with limited or no internet provider options at home, enabling instructors to connect with critical learning tools.

Henrico Education Foundation
To support virtual learning training for Henrico’s principals, teachers and instructional coaches.

Hopewell Public Schools
To support the purchase of 31 internet hotspots to be placed on school buses in neighborhoods without internet coverage.

Petersburg City Public Schools 
To support the building of a playground at Pleasants Lane Elementary School for all students to have access to outdoor recreation when in-person school resumes. 

Petersburg Library Foundation
To support the purchase, renovation and staffing costs associated with converting a used bus into a mobile WiFi and technology hub for Petersburg's students and families. 

Prince George County Public Schools  
To support digital remote learning for students without internet access at home.

Richmond Public Schools 
To support the purchase of 10,000 Chromebooks for students who need them to access learning opportunities while schools are closed.

Food Access

Amelia County Food Pantry
To support the purchase and distribution of food to children and families at high risk of food insecurity in Amelia County.

Atlantic Outreach Group 
To support the purchase of groceries, masks and hygiene kits for people experiencing food insecurity due to COVID-19.

Baptist General Association of Virginia 
To support microgrants to churches across the region supporting the food needs of low-income residents in their communities. 

Belmont Community Resource Services *
To support 
the clothing closet and food distribution programs for underserved residents of the Richmond community. 

Charles City County 
To purchase supplies and equipment for the County's Emergency Food Pantry.

Chesterfield Education Foundation
To support the purchase and distribution of food to children and families at high risk of food insecurity in the Chesterfield school district.

Circles Ashland
To purchase food, hygiene products, cleaning products, and technological needs to assist participants in accessing benefits such as unemployment.

Circles RVA
To support the purchase of meals, groceries and health supplies for low-income individuals and to secure essential cleaning supplies and PPE during re-opening.  

Colonial Heights Food Pantry 
To support the purchase of additional food due to an increase in need and a decrease in grocery store donations. 

Communities in Schools of Chesterfield 
To support the purchase of food, cleaning supplies and gas cards for case-managed students, and their families, in Chesterfield County Public Schools. 

Communities in Schools of Petersburg 
To support the purchase of food, cleaning supplies and gas cards for case-managed students, and their families, in Petersburg Public Schools. 

Communities in Schools of Richmond 
To support the purchase of food, cleaning supplies and gas cards for case-managed students, and their families, in Richmond Public Schools.   

Cornerstone Revitalization Center
To support the purchase of food, basic toiletries and cleaning supplies for families in need. 

Downtown Churches United
To support food purchases for the Petersburg meal service and pantry programs.

Family Lifeline 
To support the purchase of grocery store gift cards for families with young children facing food insecurity during the pandemic.

Feed More
To provide staffing support for the Bayard Community Kitchen, which supplements a decrease in volunteer shifts while continuing to support the nutritional needs of vulnerable children and seniors in our region. 

FeedTheStreetsRVA 
To support the purchase and distribution of PPE and food and to provide financial assistance for individuals experiencing hardships due to COVID-19.

Frontline Foods Richmond
To purchase meals for essential workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Goochland Education Foundation
To support the purchase and distribution of food to children and families at high risk of food insecurity in the Goochland school district.

HandUP Community Resource Center 
To support increased costs for staff hours, food, and meal prep materials for veterans and community members due to the pandemic. 

Hanover Education Foundation
To support the purchase of food that can be distributed to children and families at high risk of food insecurity in the Hanover community.

Henrico Christmas Mother 
To purchase local grocery store gift cards for distribution to qualifying recipients during the holiday season. 

Henrico Education Foundation
To support the purchase of shelf-stable food to distribute to children and families at high risk of food insecurity in the Henrico County school district.

H.O.P.E. *
To provide food and equipment for the food pantry to support ongoing nutrition needs in the community.

Hopewell Food Pantry 
To purchase food for distribution to individuals and families with food insecurity in the City of Hopewell.

HumanKind 
To support costs associated with groceries, gas, bills and other expenses for low-income individuals experienced COVID-19 related job loss or reduction in hours.

Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center 
To provide emergency assistance, including food, utilities, mental health counseling and rental assistance for Spanish-speaking individuals who call the LIVE helpline. 

Louisa County Resource Council 
To provide food, staffing and protective equipment to ensure safe delivery of food to low-income children, seniors, and individuals in Louisa County.

Mercy Mall of Virginia 
To support the purchase of grocery gift cards for households experiencing or at risk of homelessness.  

Neighborhood Resource Center 
To support additional staffing and food costs as the Center increases meal preparation and delivery for students and their families in the East End. 

New Hope Food Pantry
To support the purchase and distribution of food to children and families at high risk of food insecurity in New Kent County.

Partnership for Families
To support the purchase of food and essential supplies for families in need.

Peter Paul Development Center
To purchase food for the pantry program and support driver stipends for food deliveries to seniors.

Powhatan County Social Services 
To support vulnerable, isolated seniors in Powhatan County with continued delivery of food, personal care items and prescriptions. 

Promise Land Storehouse 
To support costs associated with groceries, gas, bills and other expenses for low-income individuals experienced COVID-19 related job loss or reduction in hours.

Richmond Friends of the Homeless
To support increased food costs at three community-based meal sites.

Richmond Hill
To support food purchases and deliveries to food-insecure Armstrong High Schools families through the Armstrong Leadership Program.

Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation 
To support school meal distribution efforts, and to purchase groceries for students and families facing housing instability.   

Sacred Heart Center
To provide food, baby formula, hygiene supplies, and other emergency necessities for clients and to purchase equipment that enables staff to maintain client connections remotely.  

Saint Francis Home
To purchase food for residents.

Senior Connections
To support home delivered meals, food, and essential supplies for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shalom Farms
To temporarily increase staff hours and/or hire additional staff during the planting season, filling the gap left by cancelled volunteer sessions. Food grown will be distributed in low-income communities during the summer.

The Shepherd's Center of Chesterfield 
To support the continuation of the food and medical transportation program for vulnerable seniors during the pandemic.  

The Society of St. Andrew 
To support the packaging and shipping of fresh produce to hunger relief agencies in Central Virginia.

UGK Community First Corp. 
To support staff costs and material purchases for meal production and distribution to Richmond residents in need. 

Waymakers Foundation *
To provide 
operating support for the work of the food pantry, including staff, food, supplies, and equipment.

Health-Related

Housing

ACTS
To support eviction prevention efforts, including rent, utility and bill payment support.

Better Housing Coalition
To support the creation of a new fund to assist BHC households unable to make their full rental payments due to a COVID-19-related income loss.

Boaz & Ruth
To provide rental support for low-income tenants.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
To provide rent or mortgage assistance for youth participants and families facing difficult financial situations through COVID-19. 

CARITAS 
To support additional staffing and supply costs as individuals experiencing homelessness shelter-in-place at CARITAS shelters.  

Carol Adams Foundation, Inc.
To provide shelter and food for survivors of domestic violence.

Central Virginia Legal Aid Society
To support the technology needs for tele-law practices serving low-income clients, in anticipation of an increase in eviction-related cases. 

Commonwealth Catholic Charities
To provide financial assistance for low-income households, and to support increased outreach staffing and purchase food and supplies for individuals experiencing homelessness in the Tri-Cities.

GoochlandCares 
To support salary costs for a case management to assist individuals with COVID-19 related needs and to manage the emergency shelter. 

Help Me Help You Foundation 
To support emergency housing for individuals who are experiencing homelessness after their release from incarceration.  

HomeAgain Richmond
To support increased costs for staffing, and to purchase cleaning supplies and food for the emergency shelters.

Homeward 
To expand homeless shelter options, secure transportation for individuals needing medical assessment, increase hours for the Homeless Crisis Line, and support additional administrative costs. 

Housing Families First
To support increased staff costs and financial assistance to clients, and to purchase meals and homeless shelter supplies.

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia
To support the eviction diversion program, and to support foreclosure prevention counseling and services in Central Virginia.  

International Rescue Committee
To support rental and utilities assistance for local refugee families who have lost their income.

James House
To support trauma-informed services, safe shelter and advocacy for Tri-Cities residents impacted by sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, and child abuse and neglect in the nexus of the COVID-19 crisis. 

Kingdom Life Ministry
To support costs to expand capacity in the recovery program, including temporary housing, training, peer coaching, support groups, mentorship and counseling.   

Louisa Community Emergency Fund
To provide rental and utility assistance for low-income households in Louisa county.  

Maggie Walker Community Land Trust
To support mortgage assistance for MWCLT homeowners whose incomes have been reduced or eliminated due to COVID-19.

The McShin Foundation
To provide rental support for clients in substance use recovery housing who are unable to make payments due to job loss.

Moments of Hope Outreach
To support the Emergency Motel Shelter and Dignity Stay programs in order to shelter 40 individuals a week for 24 weeks.

OAR of Richmond, Inc.
To provide financial assistance for clients needing support to maintain housing stability.

Operation First Response
To support our nation's military, first responders and healthcare workers with emergency financial aid during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Partnership for Housing Affordability
To support emergency rental assistance for individuals facing unemployment or income loss as a result of the pandemic, and to support 
two Housing Resource Specialist positions for the Housing Resource Line for six months. 

Rappahannock United Way 
To support staffing to process rental and mortgage assistance applications and direct client financial assistance requests for Caroline County households.  

REAL LIFE
To provide rental support for clients in substance use recovery housing who are unable to make payments due to job loss.

Re-Establish Richmond 
To support costs associated with the translation of COVID-19 health information into the primary languages spoken by refugee households.

Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation 
To support the ongoing needs of individuals experiencing homelessness during the pandemic, including safe, temporary housing and food support until permanent housing can be secured.

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity 
To provide mortgage support for Habitat homeowners impacted by COVID-19 and in jeopardy of foreclosure when the federally mandated forbearance period ends. 

Sacred Heart Center 
To support housing cost relief for immigrant families who are ineligible for federal CARES funding.

The Salvation Army 
To support set up, staffing, and supply costs for an isolation shelter for high-risk individuals experiencing homelessness, and to support eviction prevention counseling and rental assistance. 

STEPS, Inc. 
To support a Housing Coordinator position to assist those applying for housing services, and to provide rental and mortgage assistance for Amelia and Cumberland residents.

St. Joseph's Villa 
To support eviction prevention programming, emergency staff costs, and flexible client assistance for rapid rehousing clients.

Sussex County Department of Social Services 
To support vulnerable Sussex County residents with financial assistance for rent, deposits and utility payments.  

Urban Hope
To provide rental support for low-income tenants.

Virginia Community Voice 
To support financial assistance for households unable to obtain rental, utility, or food assistance through other sources.

Virginia Home for Boys and Girls 
To support a partnership with Side by Side to provide safe, inclusive, and affirming housing and support services to LGBTQ+ young adults.

Virginia Poverty Law Center 
To support a 9-month contract paralegal position to assist the Eviction Legal Helpline, which is seeing a dramatic increase in calls from tenants facing potential eviction as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Other

Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center *
To provide emergency assistance, including rental and utility assistance, for households facing pandemic-related financial hardship who do not qualify or cannot access assistance from other agencies. 

Metropolitan Business League
To provide financial support for minority-owned businesses.

Greater Richmond SCAN 
To support additional staff costs to continue serving children and families in SCAN’s Child Advocacy Centers and Circle Preschool Program during the pandemic. 

NAMI Central Virginia 
To support the virtual adaptation and continuation of peer-to-peer mental health support programs during COVID 19 and beyond.

New Song Church
To support the backpack program to feed children who are unable to access meals at school in Hanover and surrounding areas.    

Nonprofit Financial Counseling
To support financial counseling costs for nonprofit organizations. 

RVA Community Development Corporation 
To support the Lyft Grocery Access transportation program at The Market @ 25th. 

South Richmond Adult Day Care Center
To support the purchase of cleaning and health supplies for the Center’s re-opening. 

Virginia Community Voice *
 To provide rental, utility and/or food assistance to Southside neighbors facing pandemic-related financial hardship, with a focus on Latinx and Black individuals. 

Workforce Development

Greater Richmond Chamber Foundation
To support ForwardRVA in the creation of virtual and physical reopening toolkits for small businesses, which will include PPE, summaries of guidelines, marketing collateral, and a list of regional PPE suppliers.

HumanKind 
To support employment counseling services for individuals who have lost employment or had hours cut during COVID-19.   

JobsRVA 
To purchase training materials and supplies for JobsRVA sites as they assist in connecting individuals with employment.

Metropolitan Business League
To provide small, women- and minority-owned businesses with the business resources, training, financial counseling, capital, and assistance to recover from the impact of COVID-19.  

Pathways
To support salary and fringe costs of providing remote academic and vocational training for unemployed and underemployed residents of the Tri-Cities.

Riff Arts Institute
To provide financial assistance for artists who are struggling with unemployment due to COVID-19.   

Reynolds Community College Educational Foundation 
To provide salary support for an Employer Relations Director, and to
 support workforce outreach to families in the East End, the LatinX community, and Better Housing Coalition communities. 

Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation 
To support the Hispanic business and job-seeking community through the creation and implementation of a virtual job fair.  

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy 
To support educational and organizing advocacy to ensure that workers remain safe at work in accordance with recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines.