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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits to Benefit Local Residents in Eligible Locations

Special Interest Grants


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Geographic Focus
USA: Virginia: South Hampton Roads, the Virginia Peninsula

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations to benefit local residents in eligible locations. Funding is intended for a range of programs including support for abuse survivors and people with disabilities, horticulture education, mental health research, animal welfare, and arts and humanities. Eligible applicants serve residents of South Hampton Roads.

Special Interest Grants:

  • Abuse Survivors: The Sue Cook Winfrey Fund supports organizations that provide services to adults and children who are abused. The focus is on domestic violence. The fund shows a preference for residential facilities for children.
  • Animal Welfare: Barbara Upton Wilson Fund for the humane treatment of animals supports nonprofit organizations that provide care and treatment of animals.
  • Developmental Disabilities: Jennifer Lynn Gray Fund supports organizations and programs that help people with disabilities live better lives. Proposals will only be considered for programs providing training to those with intellectual disabilities.
  • Developmental Disabilities: The Laura Turner Fund supports organizations and programs that help people with disabilities live better lives. Proposals will only be considered for programs providing services to adults with cerebral palsy.
  • Horticultural Education: The Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Savage Gary Fund supports organizations that promote horticulture education. The fund has a preference for the Fred Heutte Center, Norfolk Botanical Garden, and the Virginia Zoo.
  • Mental Health Research: The Benjamin R. Brown and Charles G. Brown Funds support organizations conducting mental health research to help people lead better lives.
  • Peninsula Activities: The Harry F. Wall Memorial Fund and Mary E. & Curtis M. Chappell Jr. Fund. The Harry F. Wall Memorial Fund helps high schools on the Virginia Peninsula. The Mary E. and Curtis M. Chappell Jr. Fund supports arts and humanities activities on the Virginia Peninsula.
  • Pianos: The E. K. Sloane Piano Fund provides grants to help nonprofit organizations purchase or repair pianos – primarily those for public performance. Preference is given to nonprofit organizations in Hampton Roads. Grants are also available for schools in Hampton Roads, both public and independent. Religious organizations must use pianos for public performances. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation welcomes grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity organizations serving residents of South Hampton Roads, including those in:
- Chesapeake
- Eastern Shore of Virginia (Accomack and Northampton counties)*
- Franklin
- Isle of Wight County
- Norfolk
- Portsmouth
- Suffolk
- Virginia Beach

- The community foundation will consider awarding grants to specific municipal entities or component units of government for projects generally provided by nonprofit agencies in other communities. This policy does not prohibit public and private colleges and universities from applying for funding.

Additional Geographic Information:

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Grants are generally NOT available for:

- Organizations without public charity tax-exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- Individuals
- Fundraising events (such as tickets, raffles, auctions or tournaments), annual fundraising appeals or agency celebrations
- Ongoing operating support
- Capital projects and facilities and equipment upgrades that can be considered routine maintenance or replacements
- Houses of worship unless applying for the Nightingale Fund for Faith Community Nursing or the E.K. Sloane Fund for pianos
- Religious activities (organizations and activities that require religious participation by those receiving services)
- Political or fraternal organizations
- Endowment building
- Existing obligations, debts or liabilities or costs that an agency has already incurred
- Scholarly research
- Scholarships, camper fees, fellowships or travel
- Passenger vans for transporting youth
- National or international organizations or purposes
- Hospitals and similar health-care facilities unless applying for a Special Interest Grant
- Projects or services normally considered the responsibility of government
- Private primary or secondary schools, daycare facilities or academies other than those whose primary purpose is for students with special needs**
- Capital campaign requests exceeding 5% of a campaign valued at $1 million or more

Pre-Proposal Conference
It is to an applying organization's advantage to discuss their proposal with a program officer before submitting it. Applicants can make an appointment or just visit on the monthly Drop-in Day, usually the first Thursday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applicants also may want to attend one of the free training sessions focused on various aspects of applying for a grant.

Drop-In Day Link:
Training sessions:

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due October 1.

If your organization has received a Hampton Roads Community Foundation grant in the past three years, the Foundation asks that you not apply for funding for the same type of grant. You can apply annually for a Special Interest Grant, which will not affect your eligibility for a Community Grant.

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Estimated Size of Grant
- Abuse Survivors: Sue Cook Winfrey Fund: Grants typically range from $5,000 to $75,000.
- Animal Welfare: Barbara Upton Wilson Fund: Awards will be between $2,000 and $5,000.
- Developmental Disabilities: Jennifer Lynn Gray Fund: Grants typically range from $5,000 to $10,000.
- Developmental Disabilities - Laura Turner Fund: Grants typically range from $1,000 to $2,000.
- Horticultural Education - Julian Haden Gary and Margaret Gary Savage Fund: Grants range from $10,000 to $20,000.
- Mental Health Research - Benjamin R. Brown and Charles G. Brown Funds: Grants range from $1,500 to $15,000.
- Peninsula Activities: The Harry F. Wall Memorial Fund and Mary E. & Curtis M. Chappell Jr. Fund: Grants range from $1,000 to $1,200 for arts and $10,000 to $25,000 for high schools.
- Pianos - E.K. Sloane Piano Fund: Grants range from $5,000 to $75,000.

Contact Information
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For questions, email or call Gina Kelly at (757) 622-7951.

Hampton Roads Community Foundation
101 West Main St. Suite 4500
Norfolk, VA 23510

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