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River Counties Community Foundation awards over $1 million to local organizations

JUNE 10, 2022 — This year, the River Counties Community Foundation has reached a remarkable milestone. For the first time in its 26-year history, the Foundation has awarded over $1 million in grants during its annual awards cycle to support organizations serving Lancaster, Middlesex and Northumberland Counties.

“This is an amazing accomplishment for rural philanthropy, and it is a testament to the philanthropic spirit of the residents of our area and the strong relationships the River Counties Community Foundation has nurtured over the years,” said Lincoln Boykin, Director of Affiliate Foundations.

Established in 1996 as an affiliate of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, River Counties Community Foundation became part of a national movement to expand the community foundation model into rural communities. To date, the organization has granted over $14 million to local organizations.

The grants below are a snapshot of the 54 projects supported in 2022:

Deltaville Community Association received support for the installation of new, energy-efficient LED lights at Deltaville Ballpark. Modern fixtures will provide a higher peak illumination and thus a safer playing environment, and new adjustable settings will reduce ambient light pollution and provide light intensity variations for non-baseball events such as concerts and festivals.

Lancaster County Education Foundation received support for the construction of an inclusive playground at the new Lancaster Early Childhood Education Center in Kilmarnock. This playground will include a massive climbing structure, a specialized surface that allows for wheelchair accessibility, a walking path, a music center, inclusive swings and more.


Middlesex Water Authority received support to assist low- and moderate-income residents in connecting to Middlesex County's new public sewer system, which provides access to environmentally sustainable wastewater disposal. This grant will also help to improve property values and lower property maintenance costs due to the availability of adequate wastewater disposal.


Northern Neck – Middlesex Free Health Clinic (NNMFHC) received support to provide access to health care for low-income residents. This grant supports the provision of essential medical supplies and equipment for the clinic and covers the salary cost for a second medical provider, which will reduce delays for appointment times. The grant also provides for the annual cost to transport and house VCU dental students as they provide services to low-income residents.


YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas received support for a regional, year-round Preschool, School Age and Summer Day Camp Program for children ages 8-weeks through 12 years old. This program is structured to help children stem learning loss, facilitate personal and academic development, foster individual self-confidence, and offer social maturation. The Foundation’s support ensures that no child is turned away due to economic need.

Visit the River Counties Community Foundation website