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COVID-19 Response Grants

An advisory committee is reviewing 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. Below is a list of organizations that have received grants to date. The fund will remain flexible to needs as they change over time, and new rounds of grants will be posted here as they are awarded.

Grants Awarded

$3,876,286 awarded to 113 organizations through July 21, 2020

*Asterisks denote newest grants reported.

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.


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 purchase food and distribution supplies for the community food pantry, and to support costs and equipment maintenance costs.

Charles City County 
To purchase supplies and equipment for the County's Emergency Food Pantry, including commercial freezer units, personal protective equipment, and hardware (folding tables, rolling baskets, and storage containers).

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.

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. 

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.


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 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.

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

To purchase food, toiletry items and gas cards, which will support clients in need due to COVID-19 related job loss or a reduction in hours.   

Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center 

To provide Spanish-speaking individuals in need of emergency assistance with support for basic needs, including food, supplies, shelter/hotel vouchers, utilities payments and PPE.


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.

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 purchase food, toiletry items and prescription medications for homebound seniors through the Ride Assist Program.

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.   

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 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 support the purchase and distribution of food for individuals who have experienced income loss due to COVID-19.   


Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation 
To support costs of immunizations for flu and pneumonia for uninsured or underinsured seniors.  

Capital Area Health Network 
To support the costs of COVID-19 testing, blood pressure cuffs for clients to use at home, and WiFi hotspots to enable clients to participate in telehealth appointments. 

Central Virginia Health Services, Inc.
To support costs for remote patient monitoring equipment for patients with chronic diseases.


To support the purchase of telehealth technology for clients who can connect from home, as well as provide PPE to facilitate in-person therapy for clients for whom telehealth is not an option. 


CrossOver Healthcare Ministry 
To support equipment purchases and implementation costs to convert to telehealth services.

To support a COVID-19 testing site for existing clients and individuals experiencing homelessness, as well as additional staffing costs and fees for conducting patient appointments via telehealth where feasible.

Elk Hill Farm
To support behavioral health services delivered via telehealth for 60 students and their families in New Kent county.

The Faces of HOPE of Virginia 

To support expenses related to implementing and maintaining telehealth services.


Free Clinic of Powhatan 
To support equipment and software purchases needed to adapt mental health services to telehealth appointments.

FRIENDS Association for Children
To provide childcare to essential personnel and to purchase PPE and cleaning supplies for the center. 

To purchase food, personal protective equipment, and rental assistance for low-income residents, and needed technology for staff to work remotely.

Hanover Safe Place 
To support increases in shelter and supply costs for those fleeing domestic violence, and to purchase technology for staff to work remotely with clients.

Health Brigade
To help transition the organization’s operations to a telehealth platform allowing staff to conduct medical and mental health appointments remotely. 

Heart Havens 

To support the purchase of PPE for staff and communication technology for residents who are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19.  


ICNA Council for Social Justice *
To support PPE costs for volunteers distributing food and providing support for incarcerated individuals in Central Virginia. 


Jewish Family Services
To provide In-Home Health Aides to assist senior clients with daily living activities such as dressing, bathing, and cooking. Services will be provided to clients whose routine care is provided by a health aide who is unable to work due to loss of childcare or other COVID-19 related reasons.  

Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center 
To support increased costs for bilingual staff on the help line.

Lucy Corr Foundation
To purchase tablets to support residents in maintaining social connections during the pandemic.

Mask Production and Distribution
To support the purchase and production of hand sanitizer and personal protective masks for local residents and organizations. 

Matthew's Haven 
To support the purchase and distribution of hygiene and diaper supplies.

Mental Health America of Virginia
To provide increased staff support for the statewide peer-run mental health support line.

Powhatan County 
To support emergency housing and other needs for victims of domestic violence.

 Richmond Academy of Medicine
To support the Loving Lunches program, which delivers box lunches to Richmond area healthcare workers.

Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation 

To support hotel stays and food for individuals with behavioral health needs who are experiencing homelessness


Rx Partnership 
To support a new home delivery system that increases safe medication access for clients of local safety net clinics while they shelter-in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Safe Harbor
To support increased shelter, counseling, food and supply costs for victims of domestic violence.

To support the purchase of necessary PPE for staff who interact closely and daily with individuals who have unique care needs.   

Studio Two Three
To produce 10,000 protective face masks for home and public health care workers, bus drivers, and other nonprofit essential workers.

YWCA of Richmond 
To support additional staffing and supply costs for the domestic violence shelter and the Essential Personnel Childcare Center.   

Urban Baby Beginnings 
To support the purchase and delivery of diapers to qualified households in the Richmond area to help ensure that Richmond's babies stay clean and dry.


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.  

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.

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

To expand shelter options for individuals experiencing homelessness, secure transportation for individuals needing medical assessment, and to provide planning support for the creation of a COVID-19 recovery shelter.

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 and families who have experienced unemployment or income loss as a result of the pandemic.    


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.

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 individuals experiencing homelessness who are most at risk for complications from COVID-19 due to age or underlying medical conditions.  

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.



Chesterfield Education Foundation

To support the purchase of WiFi hotspots to help mitigate internet access issues for families.


 Hopewell Public Schools

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

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


YMCA of Greater Richmond
To provide full-day childcare, with extended hours, at five YMCA locations to the children of essential personnel.

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.


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


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.  



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 support targeted workforce outreach to families in the East End, the LatinX community along Jefferson Davis corridor, and 180 families served by Better Housing Coalition. 


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.


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

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. 

South Richmond Adult Day Care Center *

To support the purchase of cleaning and health supplies for the Center’s re-opening.