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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits to Enhance the Quality of Life for Local Residents

Community Support Agency Grant Program


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Funding Source
City of Newport News
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Geographic Focus
USA: Virginia: Newport News

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/08/23 5:00 PM - for Capital Projects, Equipment, and Special Events requests; Emergency funding for Extraordinary Events may be requested at any time. Save

Grant Description
Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to enhance the quality of life for local residents. Funding is intended both for expanding existing services and for developing new services. Grant funds may be used to support special events, capital improvements, equipment purchases, and for extraordinary, catastrophic events. Eligible applicants serve the City of Newport News.

These grants are intended to:

  • Provide funding to not-for-profit agencies serving the city of Newport News whose services are easily accessible to Newport News residents and whose service costs can be documented.
  • Provide incentive funding to develop new services or capital improvements to meet the specific needs of Newport News residents and to complement services provided by city departments.

A goal of the grant program is to encourage community/local/citizen support for programs so that City grant funds can be replaced with funding from other sources. This will allow the City grant funds to be directed toward new programs in the future. 

Capital Projects

Agencies may request funding from the city of Newport News for capital improvements, equipment purchases, and extraordinary or special events. The following definitions apply to requests for funding in this category:

  • Capital Improvement: any new or replacement project designed to add to or replace buildings, major building components (ex. HVAC systems), or other infrastructure. Repair or renovation projects qualifying for capitalization rather than expensing also qualify as capital improvements.
  • Extraordinary Events: an expense so unusual in type or amount as to be accorded special treatment. Generally, these expenses are unplanned and result from the destruction of property due to catastrophic events such as extreme weather or fire.
  • Special Events: an expense associated with an event that occurs without regularity. Examples are festivals, fairs, shows, participation in regional, state, or national competitions, etc., which do not occur annually.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
An agency is eligible to apply for a Community Support Grant from the city of Newport News if it meets the following criteria:
- The agency must be a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization meeting the legal requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the city of Newport News.
- The agency must provide significant, measurable direct services to residents of Newport News.
- The agency cannot receive grants from other city resources for the same program for which Community Support funding is requested.
- Contractual services which a grant agency provides the city must be disclosed in grant applications. Payments for such services do not automatically exclude an agency from grant eligibility. However, grant funds will not be provided to support the same services or costs which are provided under contract to the city.
- The agency must have fulfilled all reporting, auditing, and payment obligations for any previous loans or grants from the city.
- Programs, activities, employment opportunities, etc., of the agency which may be funded totally or partially by the city of Newport News must comply with local, state and national legal requirements related to nondiscrimination.
- The agency shall not be controlled in whole or in part by any church or sectarian society.

A Community Support Agency is an agency that provides services for the health, safety, and education of the citizens of Newport News that are directed toward the prevention or treatment of disease, protection from the elements of physical or mental abuse, nutrition, leisure activity or literacy programs.

For more information, see the Eligibility tab at the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Funds that may be provided by the city of Newport News cannot be used to support programming or activities that advocate a particular political or religious viewpoint.

These programs shall not duplicate programs offered by the city, state or federal governments, the United Way, Salvation Army, and/or other national or regional organizations such as the Red Cross, Cancer Society, Heart Association, etc. Community Support Agency programs may supplement programs already in existence when the agency can prove that existing programs cannot serve all citizens of the city of Newport News who have applied for assistance from them.

Pre-Application Information
Applications are due no later than December 8, 2023.

Funding for Capital Projects, Equipment, and/or Special Events must be requested during the regular budget preparation cycle.

Emergency funding for Extraordinary Events may be requested at any time. Funding granted by the city is dependent upon the availability of funds.

For a full calendar, see the Action Calendar tab at the Full Grant Text RFP.

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Please contact the Department of Budget and Evaluation with any questions or concerns by email at or by telephone at 757-926-8733.

Department of Budget and Evaluation
2400 Washington Avenue, 9th Floor
Newport News, VA 23607

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