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Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant (CIG)

Grant to a Greater Richmond, Virginia Nonprofit to
Support Local Children, Families, and Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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Robins Foundation

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Deadline Date:

10/04/19 5:00 PM


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Grant to a Virginia nonprofit to support children, families, and communities in the Greater Richmond area. Funding is intended to address issues in growing communities or unmet community needs. Proposals should include a creative approach to resolve a current problem, a strategic collaboration, and the potential for wider, long-term impact on the affected audience.

Robins Foundation grants attempt to improve the life of residents within the city of Richmond and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield and Henrico. Robins Foundation provides funding support to organizations serving the needs of youth within the Tri-Cities when it is in addition to the Greater Richmond area. 

Awarded annually the Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant (CIG) funds one proposal that celebrates the imaginative, cooperative spirit of Greater Richmond. 

The Foundation has a strong interest in investing in programs that enrich whole families — and whole neighborhoods. The Foundation is particularly interested in children and their academic opportunities and success. It will support organizations and projects for children ages 0-18, and their parents/caregivers to ensure children are prepared for kindergarten, are engaged in school, thrive academically, and graduate on time with the necessary skills and opportunities for success.

The Foundation places most of its attention and support on the education continuum to strengthen this ecosystem, and it will also welcome opportunities to work directly with organizations to create their longer-term visions that will break through the status quo and lead to meaningful transformation. It is the Foundation's intention to use the following perspectives in all of its philanthropic leadership and grant making activities:

  • Partnership: Aligning with peers and nonprofits around community issues, supporting impactful programs and services, promoting greater transparency, adaptability and enthusiasm in the funding landscape
  • Innovation: Making multifaceted organization-building investments that cultivate and support an innovative culture as well as innovative solutions to community issues
  • Fairness: Conducting and supporting activities that encourage education policy and expenditure shifts to support better futures for children throughout the Richmond region

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160991

Number of Grants:

Awarded annually the Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant (CIG) funds one proposal.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $500,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)(3) organizations recognized by the IRS and providing services that benefit children and families in the Greater Richmond area are eligible to apply.

The Foundation rarely provides funding support to organizations with services that are solely/largely focused outside of its geographic reach.

The Foundation does not make grants for:
- Organizations other than 501 (c)(3) nonprofits
- Individuals, private foundation churches or religious programs, fraternal, social or labor organizations
- Political parties, candidates or lobbying activities
- Travel funds for tours, exhibitions or trips by individuals or special interest groups
- Local athletic/sports programs or equipment, courtesy advertising benefits, raffle tickets and other fundraising or special events
- Scholarships, fellowships or sponsors for a particular cause
- For-profit entities

In accordance with our grant making priorities, we generally do not fund:
- Private schools
- National health organizations with a focus on single disease
- Projects outside the Foundation's geographic reach

Pre-proposal Conference:

CIG Info Sessions:
Registration is required, and is first come, first served. Due to limited space, you may register up to (2) two people maximum. Robins Foundation staff will answer questions about the grant cycle during six information sessions hosted at the Robins Foundation office. The sessions are 45 minutes each and will include opportunities for Q and A. Though the Foundation doesn't require you to attend an Information Session prior to applying, it strongly suggests that you attend before deciding if the CIG grant is a fit for your proposal. Foundation staff will not meet one-on-one with organizations about CIG funding. The first two information sessions will be recorded and made available to those who cannot attend.

The following are information sessions located at Robins Foundation:
1. Thursday, August 1, 2019; 10:00AM—10:45AM
2. Thursday, August 1, 2019; 4:00PM—4:45PM
3. Thursday, August 8, 2019; 10:00AM—10:45AM
4. Thursday, August 8, 2019; 4:00PM—4:45PM
5. Tuesday, September 10, 2019; 10:00AM—10:45AM
6. Tuesday, September 10, 2019; 4:00PM—4:45PM

Please register, first come, first served, at

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020 Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant application will open Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 9AM and close on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 5PM.

Applications are only accessible when a grant cycle is open.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have a question regarding an existing grant, an upcoming grant cycle or our review and funding process, please email

Dan Halloran
Program And Grants Manager

10 S. 3rd Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804-523-1150 (F)

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