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The Community Foundation Announces $2M in Fall Grant Cycle

Each year, a portion of The Community Foundation’s grantmaking is awarded through a competitive process, in which local organizations apply for funding for programs and operations. We invite submissions in partnership with The Jenkins Foundation, one of TCF’s six partner foundations, which focuses its grant program on improving health care in the region. The process is guided by a framework in which the Foundation identifies nonprofit partners that are effectively, and many times collaboratively, working to lift up Richmond as a place where all of its residents can thrive.

As part of this collective vision for our community, our grants align with four priority areas – Cultural Vibrancy, Economic Prosperity, Educational Success and Health & Wellness – that we believe are the cornerstones to a healthy, vibrant community.

We are pleased to announce combined grant awards, totaling just over $2 million, to the following organizations:

Goal: to ensure that community members have access to and an appreciation for arts and cultural opportunities.

$40,000 to support free young programs led by professional artists trained in creative youth development best practices.

Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia 
$25,000 to support the access to and availability of history and cultural activities.

Maymont Foundation 
$50,000 to secure ongoing care, programming, and vibrancy of Maymont .

Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers
$100,000 to support Bike Walk RVA, a program designed to build safe and accessible infrastructure for people to bike and walk in all parts of the Richmond region.

Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (formerly CenterStage)
$50,000 to support the expansion of BrightLights Education Initiatives.

The Valentine 
$22,000 to support the opening of a new exhibition, Nuestras Historias: Latinos in Richmond. 

Virginia Commonwealth University Foundation (ICA) 
$50,000 to support free admission to temporary art exhibitions over three years and engage a broad array of visitors.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation
$15,000 to support VMFA’s need to accurately track its existing space, determine its best usage and plan for optimum space utilization for near-term usage. 

Virginia Repertory Theatre 
$30,000 to support the improvement and expansion of Virginia Rep's innovative health and wellness programs.

Virginia Voice 
$20,000 to support our new Live Audio Description program so that theater patrons with low vision can have equal access to the performing arts in Central Virginia.

Visual Arts Center of Richmond
$30,000 to support the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s programs and partnerships that will deliver free arts education and adult mentoring to 1,504 Richmond youth.



Goal: to ensure that the region’s resources are sustainable and its residents are economically stable and secure.

Embrace Richmond 

$25,000 to support the Inside Out Community Strengthening Model in the Brookland Park community.

$25,000 to enhance case management support for households residing in HomeAgain's emergency shelters and those enrolled in rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing programs.

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME)
$75,000 to support mobility counseling to deconcentrate poverty, integrate schools, and tear down barriers that prevent Housing Choice Voucher holders from living in neighborhoods of opportunity.

Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
$15,000 to support "This is the Moment," designed to respond to increased demand for programs and services.

Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
$15,000 to hire an Executive Vice President to drive future success.


Goal: to ensure children enter school ready to learn and receive effective academic and social support throughout their educational experience.

Blue Sky Fund 
$50,000 to support experiential academic enrichment with a special focus on environmental science for Richmond Public School students.

$40,000 to support establishment of the Region 1 Computer Science Hub.

Communities In Schools of Chesterfield
$25,000 to support CIS programming at six CCPS schools.

Communities In Schools of Petersburg 
$25,000 to supports site coordination and program support to two schools .

$25,000 to support improved vision services to Richmond students and to measure the educational impact for students needing and receiving vision correction.

Greater Richmond Chamber Foundation (Smart Beginnings)                                                             
$300,000  over 3 years to provide operating support for Smart Beginnings and its implementation of the School Readiness Plan 2017-2020.

Partnership for Families                                                                                         
$50,000 to support the Data Collaborative Initiative. 

Peter Paul Development Center                                                                     
$75,000 to support the satellite program at Fairfield Court Elementary School. 

Science Museum of Virginia Foundation                                                                                        
$50,000 to support a pilot program designed to foster interest in STEM career pathways.

Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents and Youth (STORY)             
$25,000 to support the ML2 After School program in the Thomas Rolfe Court public housing community.

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg                                    
$50,000 to support strategic plan implementation for Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention, in partnership with youth serving organizations in the region.

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation                                                                               
$50,000 to support the implementation of Richmond Area Services Alliance (RASA) to improve the capacity to provide stable, affordable, quality early education in high-risk Richmond communities.

Virginia Literacy Foundation                                                                              
$40,000 to support kindergarten classrooms at Oak Grove and Westover Hills Elementary Schools. 

YMCA of Greater Richmond
$40,000 to support YMCA year-round expanded learning programs in Richmond at Woodville and Oak Grove Elementary Schools and in Petersburg at Walnut Hill Elementary School.


Goal: to ensure that Central Virginia residents are safe and healthy. 

Alzheimer's Association  Jenkins
$37,500 to expand access to dedicated Alzheimer's Association care consultants.

Central Virginia Health Services
$50,000 to increase access to behavioral health services.

Challenge Discovery Projects  Jenkins
$30,000 to support the "Say It With Heart" bullying and violence prevention curriculum.

Circle Center Adult Day Services  Jenkins/Sheltering Arms
$40,000 to provide high quality care and support that enables older adults to live at home with their families. 

Cross Over Ministry  Sheltering Arms
$10,000 to support general operations. 

Doorways  Sheltering Arms
$5,000 to help Greater Richmond families access primary, specialty or life-saving care. 

Elk Hill Jenkins / TCF
$50,000 to support school-based mental health services for students in Goochland Middle School. 

Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment  Sheltering Arms
$15,000 to increase outreach to meet the needs of the residents facing mobility challenges.

Free Clinic of Powhatan   Jenkins
$30,000 to support the addition of a part-time RN.

Greater Richmond Fit4Kids
$45,000 to support Wellness Integration and Learning Garden programs. 

Goochland Free Clinic  Sheltering Arms
$10,000 to provide health care services that meet basic human needs in Goochland County.

International Rescue Committee
$20,000 to support improved refugee health outcomes in Richmond.

Jewish Family Services  Jenkins
$40,000 to provide low-income older adults or adults with disabilities with comprehensive services to remain safe and independent in their own homes.

Legal Information Network for Cancer  Jenkins 
$20,000 to support non-medical needs and referrals to legal or financial volunteer professionals.

Lucy Corr Foundation  Jenkins
$40,000 to provide salary support for a dental assistant and registered dental hygienist.

MCV School of Nursing  Jenkins
$30,000 to provide healthy meals and connect vulnerable older adults to resources.

NAMI Central Virginia  Jenkins
$10,000 to provide Mental Health Education for parents or caregivers of children with a mental health condition. 

Positive Vibe  Sheltering Arms 
$15,000 to partially support the cost of a Training Program Director.

project:Homes  Sheltering Arms
$10,000 to provide elderly and/or disabled homeowners with critical accessibility modifications for their homes.

RAMPS  Sheltering Arms 
$7,500 to provide ramps for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

REACHcycles  Sheltering Arms
$5,000 to purchase therapeutic cycles for children and veterans. 

The READ Center  Jenkins
$20,000 to help low-literate adults better understand health concepts and navigate the healthcare system.

Richmond Peace Education Center   Jenkins / TCF
$25,000 to support new, site-based programming to equip young people to be leaders for peace in their schools and neighborhoods, resulting in less violent, more cohesive and more vibrant communities. 

RVA Rapid Transit  Sheltering Arms
$17,500 to advance education, organization, and advocacy for a regional public transportation system. 

Rx Partnership 
$15,000 to expand outreach through the development of interactive web, video and print materials.

Rx Partnership  Jenkins
$15,000 to support a partnership with CrossOver Ministry to increase access to affordable medication for Virginia's uninsured.

Safe Harbor  Jenkins
$40,000 to support the counseling program, the addition of a Spanish speaking counselor and training.

Shalom Farms  Jenkins / TCF
$50,000 to improve health and increase self-sufficiency of low-income communities in Richmond experiencing the most limited access to healthy food and resources. 

South Richmond Adult Day Care Center  Jenkins / Sheltering Arms
$50,000 to provide care for low-income older adults with complex medical conditions.

Sportable  Sheltering Arms
$20,000 to support the I Am An Athlete program for athletes with physical and visual disabilities. 

St. Joseph's Villa
$60,000 to support continued rapid re-housing efforts of Flagler Housing & Homeless Services by helping homeless families of all compositions obtain permanent housing with integrated support services based on need.

Swim RVA
$35,000 to support a collaboration with youth-serving agencies. 

The James House Intervention/Prevention Services, Inc.
$40,000 to provide evidence-based prevention education programs in English and Spanish, as well as advocacy services for children and adults impacted by interpersonal violence.

Tricycle Gardens
$15,000 to extend programming to further address the needs associated with limited food access. 

United Spinal Association of Virginia  Sheltering Arms
$15,000 to expand the Peer Mentor and Family Support Program.

Virginia Supportive Housing  Jenkins
$25,000 to support the A Place To Start program.


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