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Community Impact Grants 2020

The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond awards annual Community Impact grants to support local nonprofits whose strategies and outcomes align with the Foundation’s four focus areas in community vibrancy, economic prosperity, educational success and health and wellness, with emphasis on programs and initiatives that will increase access and opportunity for low-income residents in Richmond.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation adjusted its grants process to remain nimble and responsive to the ever-changing and dire needs of our community. This year, grant applications are being reviewed in multiple rounds and will be announced throughout the year.  Most nonprofits will receive unrestricted grants for general operating support as well.  

The initial round of grants totals $1.64 million to 38 organizations. “The nonprofits in our region remain resilient and innovative and we are so proud of their resolve in making our region a better place, particularly during times of crisis. The first round of grants will directly support our high impact partners, backbone organizations and those involved in critical system delivery to our most vulnerable neighbors throughout the region.” said Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Chair of the Board’s Community Impact Committee. Notable grants this round include:  

  • Richmond City Health District - $100,000 to support Community Health Workers helping residents in low-income neighborhoods overcome the social determinants of health.   
  • Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond - $100,000 to bring parents, service providers and funders together through coordination, communication, capacity building and advocacy to ensure that every child can succeed in school and in life.   
  • Better Housing Coalition - $150,000 for rental assistance and wrap-around services to help people get back to work and stay in stable housing.  

Community Impact grants are just one of many ways the Community Foundation has supported our region during the pandemic. In March, the Foundation launched the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund with the Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia, raising more than $6 million from 800 gifts and granting more than $3.4 million to 100 organizations and localities to date. The responsive, phased grantmaking from this Fund began with emergency response strategies for the region’s most vulnerable residents, like health services, shelter for the homeless, food access, and PPE procurement. As the region shifts into pandemic recovery mode, the Fund will support longer term recovery efforts such as eviction prevention remedies, rental assistance, employment services and public school reopening efforts.  

More Community Impact grants will be awarded this fall from the initial pool of applications. 

>> See a complete listing of the Community Impact Grants - Round 1