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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to
Improve the Lives of African American Women and Girls

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia - SisterFund

Deadline Date:

09/14/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs that benefit African American women and girls. Funding is intended to support organizations that work to transform the lives of African American women and girls through education, health, leadership development, and workforce. Eligible applicants serve the residents of Richmond, and/or the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, and Powhatan.

Funding may be used for program support, specific projects, or capacity building to strengthen the infrastructure and increase the program capacity of start-up or established organizations that serve the target demographic. 

Grant Priorities: 

  • Education:
    • Advocacy and promotion of systemic reform and improvement in the quality of educational opportunities for African American women and girls
    • Teacher/educator training
    • Tutoring, life coaching, and/or mentoring
    • Enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom that expose students to potential educational or career paths
  • Leadership Development and Support:
    • Coaching, mentoring, and/or training for African-American Female Executive Directors & CEOs of nonprofit organizations
  • Workforce Development & Support:
    • Programs to support Entrepreneurs
    • Apprenticeship or job skills training programs
  • Empowerment:
    • Programs that focus on the social-emotional development of adolescent girls, including those that focus on building self-confidence
    • Programs that promote a positive self-image/self-concept for women and girls
  • Health:
    • Promotion of healthy lifestyles
    • Promotion of equity in health care access and delivery of services

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165758

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Multiple grants

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply for a Sisterfund grant, your organization must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the residents of the City of Richmond, and or the Counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, or Powhatan.

Not Funded:
- Individual religious institutions
- Private foundations
- Colleges and universities
- Individuals or scholarship applicants
- Debt reduction or operational deficits
- Endowments or memorials
- Bridge funding or interim financing
- Legal expenses

Pre-Application Information:

2020 grant application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2020.

A volunteer committee of SisterFund will review requests, conduct site visits with selected organizations in August/September, and invite finalists to present at a meeting of full membership, where the membership will vote on its funding decision. The grant awards will be announced and celebrated at an event in December 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Direct questions to:
Charles Dyson, Director of Data & Customer Support

The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
3409 Moore Street
Richmond, VA 23230
P: (804) 330-7400
F: (804) 330-5992

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: City of Richmond, and/or the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland, and/or Powhatan

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