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General Grants Program

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools for Arts,
Preservation, Education, and Health in the Tri-Cities Area

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Cameron Foundation

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Deadline Date:

06/26/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations, schools, and local government agencies serving the Tri-Cities region to address community needs and emerging issues and benefit the community. A Letter of Intent must be submitted prior to a full application. The Funding Source's areas of interest include the following: health, human services, community and economic development, education, preservation, and arts and culture.

Eligible programs will benefit those living in the Cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and/or Hopewell; the Counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and/or Sussex; and/or the portion of Chesterfield County south of Route 10.

The Cameron Foundation provides funding through the general grant program. The General Grants include: project or program grants, general operating grants, and capital grants.

Funds work across six different program areas:

Health Care
- Access to Health Services
- Behavioral Health
- Prevention Services/Health Education
- Teenage Pregnancy Prevention

Human Services
- Basic Human Needs
- Family and Youth
- Senior Support Services

Community and Economic Development
- Revitalization of Distressed Neighborhoods
- Workforce Development and Workforce Quality
- Regional Economic Development Capacity

- Early Childhood Education
- Improving the Quality of K-12 Education

Historic Preservation and Conservation
- Significant Historic Buildings and Sites
- Sacred Landmarks (this requires a separate application process)
- Conservation

Arts and Culture
- Arts Education
- Reaching New Audiences
- Community Revitalization

The Cameron Foundation strives to assure that its limited resources are allocated to their highest valued uses. Therefore, in approaching the Foundation with requests, prospective applicants should be aware of these considerations:

- The Foundation supports organizations and activities that employ creative responses to problems that address root causes rather than symptoms and which build upon community strengths.
- The Foundation pays particular attention to efforts that expand access to opportunities for people from low-income and otherwise disadvantaged communities and that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in the targeting and delivery of services.
- The Foundation endeavors to foster communication, cooperation, and coordination among service providers and, therefore, will seek to encourage and reward collaborations and partnerships among its grantees.
- The Foundation seeks to build programs and services that are sustainable and that encourage strong and engaged board, staff, and/or volunteer leadership.
- The Foundation supports demonstrated, effective approaches to problem-solving over untested trials.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169301

Estimated Size of Grant:

For General Operating Grants, The Cameron Foundation limits the proportion of an
organization’s annual budget that it will provide to the following amounts:

- For an annual budget less than $100,000, the Foundation will not make operating support grants exceeding 50% of that budget
- For a budget between $100,000 and $500,000, operating support grants will not exceed 35% of that budget
- For a budget greater than $500,000 but less than $1 million, operating support grants will not exceed 20% of that budget
- For an organization whose annual budget is greater than $1 million, the Foundation
generally will not make general operating support grants

Exceptions to this provision will only be extended at the Foundation’s discretion and

Term of Contract:

As a general rule, grants will be made on a year-to-year basis, with each grant requiring an application and a formal review. However, applicants may seek annual renewal of support for a previously funded project or purpose.

Regardless of the duration of a grant, no grant funds may be used for expenses incurred prior to the date of grant approval by the Board.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation makes grants to both new and established organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

To be eligible for Cameron funding:

At least 51% of those served by your organization or proposed work must reside within the Foundation’s service region. This area includes the cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and Hopewell; the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and Sussex; and the portion of Chesterfield County lying south of Route 10.

Your organization must be governed by an all-volunteer board of directors that consists of at least five unrelated persons. No paid staff member can participate as a voting member of the governing board. When this is the case, the organization is generally ineligible for funding from The Cameron Foundation.

The Foundation will not make grants to or for:

- Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or disability
- Private foundations
- Supporting organizations
- Endowments
- For-profit organizations
- Individuals
- Expenses incurred prior to grant approval by the Foundation’s Board of Directors
- Medical research or national health agency appeals
- Academic or scientific research projects
- Religious organizations seeking support for programs to which access is restricted by religious affiliation or programs that promote a particular creed
- Organizations or groups that carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation or political campaigns
- Other grant agencies or foundations for ultimate distribution to organizations or programs selected by such agencies or foundations
- Purchase of tickets to fundraising events or for advertising
- Solely for publishing, producing, or distributing audio, visual, or printed material
- General operating expenses of neighborhood health centers or clinics or day care centers for children, except in exceptional circumstances
- Solely for attendance at conferences, seminars, or meetings
- Reserve funds or debt elimination

Grant requests from different divisions of an organization, institution and/or government entity will be treated as having been submitted by a single entity.

In general, state and federal governmental entities are ineligible for funding from The Cameron Foundation. However, local governmental entities are eligible for program-specific and special project purposes, excluding overhead and other administrative or operational costs.

Proposals for individual schools must be approved by and submitted through the central administration or local school district. Additionally, the central administration of a school district may apply for division-wide projects that affect multiple schools and other subunits.

The Foundation generally will not make grants to governmental entities for:

- Activities that were historically funded by that entity through local funds in previous years and for which funding was cut at the discretion of the locality;
- Activities that are customarily part of the functions of governmental entities in other jurisdictions of comparable size and scope;
- Activities that are currently performed by a viable non-governmental entity;
- Activities that are mandated as local obligations by state and/or federal authorities, except where state/federal authorities stipulate private matching funds for support of a particular effort; and,
- Activities eligible for funding through the issuance of municipal bonds by state and/or local authorities.

See the full grant guidelines for limitations and requirements for General Operating and Capital Grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadlines

- Letter of Intent (LOI) deadlines are January 7, 2019, and May 1, 2019, by 5:00 pm

The LOI, including all required information and attachments, must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on the published deadline for a given grant cycle.

After reviewing an organization’s Letter of Intent, The Cameron Foundation will inform the applicant if it is invited to submit a proposal. The deadlines for submission of proposals are February 28, 2019, and June 26, 2019. The proposal, including all required information and attachments, must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. on the published deadline for a given grant cycle.

If approved, proposals submitted in February are awarded in June. Proposals submitted in June are awarded in October.

Note: Applicants are not to contact members of the Grant Committee or the Board of Directors about the grant proposal during the application process. However, program officers are available to discuss the proposal with applicants throughout the review process.

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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.

Register for the online application portal:

Michelle L. Hornby, Grants Manager

Phone: 804 732 8900
Fax: 804 732 8701

The Cameron Foundation
228 S. Sycamore Street
Petersburg, VA 23803

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: The Cities of Petersburg, Colonial Heights, and/or Hopewell; the Counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and/or Sussex; and/or the portion of Chesterfield County south of Route 10.