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The Cameron Foundation Grants

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Local Agencies Serving the Tri-Cities
Region for Arts, Preservation, Education, Health, Human Services

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The Cameron Foundation

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Deadline Date:

06/26/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Virginia nonprofits and local agencies serving the Tri-Cities region for health, human services, community and economic development, education, preservation, and arts and culture. A letter of intent is due on January 3, 2018. Eligible programs must 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 strives to transform the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties into a healthy, vibrant, and economically vital region by strategically leveraging resources for community impact.

Funding will be provided for project, program, operating, and capital support to organizations working to meet the needs of residents in any of the following priority areas:

Health Care

The Foundation supports programs that provide access to primary health services for the poor, uninsured, under-insured, and underserved. This funding area also provides for capital improvements and technology advancements in healthcare. The Foundation's grantmaking strategy supports the following priorities:

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

Human Services

The Foundation supports programs that provide basic human needs and promote the development of life skills in children, youth and adults in an effort to improve the quality of life for individuals and families in the service area. The Foundation's grantmaking strategy supports the following priorities:

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

Community and Economic Development

The Foundation supports a holistic approach to community and economic development including revitalization of distressed neighborhoods; increasing employment opportunities; and expanding the capacity of economic development agencies to successfully pursue local and regional economic development opportunities. The Foundation's priorities include:

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


The Foundation supports funding for schools, organizations, and programs seeking to improve educational outcomes in ways that support success in school and life. The Foundation’s strategy in this funding area places priority on:

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

Historic Preservation and Conservation

The Foundation recognizes that the unique history and unsurpassed historic architecture in the region are significant assets which contribute to the quality of life. Historic preservation has an important community development and conservation role by strengthening existing neighborhoods and conserving resources by recycling older buildings. The Foundation has a special interest in the following:

- Significant Historic Buildings and Sites
- Sacred Landmarks
- Conservation

Arts and Culture

Arts and culture are vital to the health and well-being of individuals and communities and also serve as a catalyst for community revitalization. Recognizing the importance of arts organizations, museums and other cultural venues, the Foundation has a special interest in the following:

- Arts Education
- Reaching New Audiences
- Community Revitalization

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

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.

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.

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/or Hopewell; the Counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, and/or Sussex; and/or 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, 0rientation, 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

Additional Information about Funding for Government Entities:

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 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 process:

Step 1: Letter of Intent

The first step in the application process is the submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI application includes an eligibility quiz, organizational information, a preliminary project budget, and a list of your organization’s board and staff leadership. The next Letter of Intent deadline is January 3, 2018, by 5:00 PM.

Step 2: Submitting Your Proposal

If your organization and proposal appear to meet the Foundation’s eligibility criteria and current priorities, you will be invited to submit a full Proposal.

Key Dates:
- Letter of Intent (LOI) deadlines: January 3, 2018 and May 1, 2018, by 5:00 PM
- Deadlines for submission of proposals: February 27, 2018 and June 26, 2018
- Grants awarded: June and October of 2018

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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.

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.