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Grants to South Hampton Roads, Virginia Nonprofits for Culture,
Health, Economic Stability, Education, and Environment

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Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/01/19 5:00 PM EST - For Economic Stability and Health and Wellness Grants Only


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Grants to South Hampton Roads, Virginia nonprofit organizations for programming, seed funding, and capital support. Focus areas include culture, health and wellness, economic stability, education, and environment.

The following grants are available at specific times of the year:

Community Grants for Cultural Vitality support programs offering hands-on arts and cultural experiences for area children. The goal is to help the educational, social or emotional well-being of youth through arts and culture. Programs should be available to all area youth regardless of ability to pay. Programs should aim to increase participation of youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Community Grants for Economic Stability focus on providing opportunities for vulnerable people to become stable, self-sufficient, and prosperous. Programs should address:
- Ending homelessness in the region with a preference for programs that provide safe and affordable housing for individuals and/or families and provide supportive services to ensure housing stability.
- Workforce readiness training/certification acquisition and connection of low-income individuals to employment. Preference is given for programs that offer supports to help the individual remain employed for at least one year.
- Development of sound financial education and savings programs to help low-income individuals build financial assets for long-term economic well-being.

Community Grants for Educational Success strive to improve educational achievement of under-performing children and youth from the region. They encourage growth through opportunities for all students to excel in their educational pursuits and meet the region's current and future workforce demands.

Community Grants for Health and Wellness focus on improving the health of the region's citizens. Efforts supported include:
- Programs that support participant access to primary, dental, and/or mental/behavioral health. Behavioral health includes substance/drug abuse treatment.
- Sustained programs that encourage healthy behaviors that are known to reduce chronic diseases (e.g. Type II diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease) in populations that typically have a high rate of health disparity. Preference will be given to programs that place an emphasis on improving participants’ health literacy.

Community Grants for the Environmental Stewardship focus on programs that educate youth in grades 3 through 12 about Hampton Roads waterways' health and the impact of sea level rise on our region. Programs should be sustained efforts that:
- Provide hands-on outdoor experiences
- Include education on environmental issues related to the water-based region, and
- Offer the opportunity for youth to develop and implement an action plan around watershed preservation and restoration.

Community Grants for Vibrant Places support major capital projects and campaigns that are transformative for the organization and the communities it serves. Organizations requesting Vibrant Places facilities grants should support one of the areas above. Proposals must:
- Demonstrate that your project is conducive to your organization’s mission and is part of a strategic plan for your organization.
- Show how this project will enhance your organization’s or coalition’s ability to help those it serves through new services, assisting additional clients or increasing effectiveness
- Demonstrate diversified funding sources, including board contributions and broad-based local support

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181385

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation welcomes grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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

Grants are generally NOT available for:

- Organizations without 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

These exclusions are in addition to any specified by the grant for which you are applying.

*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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Drop-in Days are usually the first Thursday of each month. No appointment is needed from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. See the full Drop-in Day schedule here:

If an upcoming Drop-in Day doesn't work for you, please contact the Foundation to schedule an appointment.

Additionally, Nonprofit trainings will be held throughout the year to assist in the application process. View the schedule here:

Sessions are from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in the office at 101 W. Main Street, Suite 4500 (fourth floor), in the World Trade Center in Norfolk. If you would like to attend a training session, please RSVP to Sarah Ellis. Please sign up early as seats fill quickly.

Pre-Application Information:

It is to your organization's advantage to discuss your proposal with a program officer before submission. You can make an appointment or just visit the Funding Source on their monthly Drop-in Day. Applicants may also attend one of the free training sessions focused on various aspects of applying for a grant.

Application deadlines:
Program Type: Environmental Stewardship seed & program funding or Vibrant Places
Submission Date: January 15 at 5 p.m.
Decision Date: April

Program Type: Cultural Vitality seed & program funding or Educational Success seed & program funding
Submission Date: April 1 at 5 p.m.
Decision Date: June

Program Type: Health & Wellness seed & program funding or Economic Stability seed & program funding
Submission Date: July 1 at 5 p.m.
Decision Date: September

Eligibility information:



Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

For questions email or call Sarah Ellis at (757) 622-7951.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: South Hampton Roads in southeastern Virginia. Primarily in the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach as well as Franklin, Isle of Wight County and Accomack and Northampton counties on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.