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Community Foundation invests over $4.6 million to strengthen local community

JULY 20, 2022 — The Community Foundation announces its 2022 Community Impact grant awards, totaling over $4.6 million to 125 organizations across the Richmond region. Because the Richmond community continues to meet uncertain times with unparalleled generosity, robust donor support—including significant contributions to the Community Impact Fund—facilitated our largest grantmaking budget to date.

“At a time when local residents are dealing with the challenges of increased housing costs, limited childcare availability, higher grocery bills and much more, we are enormously grateful for our nonprofit partners that provide critical programs and services to support economic mobility,” said Scott Blackwell, Chief Community Impact Officer.

Grant recipient YWCA Richmond runs the Sprout School, which provides full-day, full-year, high-quality, and affordable early childhood education and infant care to families in the Greater Richmond region.

Community Impact grants are awarded through a competitive process and support local nonprofits whose strategies and outcomes align with the Foundation’s four focus areas: community vibrancy, economic prosperity, educational success and health and wellness. Within these areas, the Community Foundation has committed to making its deepest investments in affordable housing, early childhood education and workforce development initiatives to increase access and opportunity for low-income residents in the Richmond region.

Grant recipient GoochlandCares provides an array of services for low-income residents in the Goochland area, including critical home repairs that restore existing homes to safety for homeowners without the resources for repairs.

This year’s grants invest in nonprofit organizations that provide direct services for individuals and families, collaborate to enhance community-wide systems and advocate for equitable access. Here are a few notable highlights:

  • 67% of grants focus on providing immediate direct services to support residents working to overcome economic challenges
  •  33% of grants support advocacy and systems-building to create long-term policy and systems change for residents today and generations to come
  • Increased support for early childhood education, with a focus on increasing Pre-K slots and quality programming at childcare centers
  • 50% increase in workforce development investments, with a focus on job credentialing programs to prepare residents for living-wage, high-quality jobs
  • Significant investments in housing supports for residents who make $35,000 to $55,000 a year including affordable rentals and homeownership, critical home repairs and eviction prevention services
  • Intentional emphasis on food access for residents most impacted by rising food costs and food insecurity
  • Focus on arts and nature-based education opportunities for under-resourced schools
  • $350,000 invested in mental health services for children and families

View Full Grants List