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Recent Grants

Made possible by donor established funds, the Community Foundation's 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 vibrancyeconomic prosperityeducational success, and health and wellness. Within these areas, the Community Foundation has adopted funding priorities in education, housing, and workforce development initiatives that will increase access and opportunity for low-income residents in Richmond.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Foundation has 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. Grants are awarded for general operating support unless otherwise noted.

The first round of 2020 Community Impact grant awards, listed below, total over $1.6 million to 38 organizations across the region.

Community Vibrancy

Grants awarded in this category aim to ensure that community members enjoy good quality of life, with access to and an appreciation for the arts, cultural opportunities, and natural assets.

Arts & Culture

Art 180 - $25,000

Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia - $25,000

CultureWorks - $35,000

SPARC - $25,000

Community Building

Leadership Metro Richmond - $15,000

Sports Backers - $30,000

Virginia Community Voice - $30,000

Economic Prosperity

Grants awarded in this category aim to ensure that the region’s resources are sustainable, and its residents are economically stable and secure.

Affordable Housing

Better Housing Coalition - $150,000 for rental assistance and wrap-around services to help people get back to work and stay in stable housing: and $50,000 for operating support

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia - $60,000

project:HOMES - $40,000

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity - $35,000

Community Inclusion


HumanKind - $30,000

Neighborhood Resource Center - $30,000

Sacred Heart Center - $30,000

Homelessness Reduction

CARITAS - $40,000 to support emergency shelter operations and staff.

HomeAgain - $15,000

Homeward - $40,000

Housing Families First - $30,000

St. Joseph's Villa - $35,000 to support the Flagler Homeless Services program.

Virginia Supportive Housing - $35,000 for supportive services and housing for the formerly homeless in the Richmond region.

Educational Success

Grants awarded in this category aim to ensure that young people achieve in school, engage in their community and are prepared for the workforce.  

K-12


Communities in Schools of Chesterfield - $25,000

Communities in Schools of Petersburg - $25,000

Communities in Schools of Richmond - $75,000

Out-of-School Time


Higher Achievement - $35,000

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond - $40,000

NextUp RVA - $75,000

YMCA of Greater Richmond - $50,000 to support after-school programming

Peter Paul - $40,000

Kindergarten Readiness


Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond - $100,000

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation - $25,000

YWCA Richmond - $45,000

Health & Wellness

Grants awarded in this category aim to ensure that community members are healthy and safe.

Access to Primary Care


Free Clinic of Powhatan - $20,000

Richmond City Health District - $100,000 to support the Community Health Workers program.

Basic Physical Health


Feed More - $50,000

Targeted Interventions


Family Lifeline - $50,000

Greater Richmond SCAN - $30,000

ChildSavers - $50,000

Side by Side - $25,000