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Community Focus Grants - Education Continuum

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits in the Greater
Richmond Area to Enhance Local Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robins Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/31/19 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging between $15,000 and $50,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations within the City of Richmond and Chesterfield and Henrico Counties. Eligible programs will advance and improve local education. Organizations are required to contact the Foundation prior to applying. Funding is intended to enhance the region's educational system and benefit local children and families.

The Foundation works to shape an ecosystem wherein every student can receive an excellent education and a solid footing for college and/or career. The Foundation will collaborate with neighborhoods, schools, nonprofits and peers to move our region to a point where every child is bolstered by a well-coordinated education system.

The following are regional benchmarks Robins Foundation will adopt as guidance:
- All children are ready for Kindergarten
- All children are reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade
- All students have positive engagement and attendance
- All students are on grade level in literacy and math at the end of 8th grade
- All students graduate high school college-ready or with an industry credential

The Foundation is committed to a deeper focus on education with the expectation that a focus on an “education continuum” or pipeline, could lead to better outcomes and reduce some of the challenges vexing the region. Being prepared for school, succeeding in school, graduating from school, and moving on to secondary education, a stable career, and financial independence ultimately address the other issues the community struggles with – poverty, unemployment, crime, affordable housing, and food insecurity. Conceivably, if educational needs are comprehensively addressed, impactful change could be seen in a single generation. This would not only be for the individual, but for the community at large – workforce preparedness, strengthened tax base, financial resiliency.

The Foundation works to shape an ecosystem wherein every student can receive an excellent education and a solid footing for college and/or career. The Foundation will collaborate with neighborhoods, schools, nonprofits, and peers to move the region to a point where every child is bolstered by a well-coordinated education system.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184987

Estimated Size of Grant:

$15,000-$50,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

501(c)(3) organizations recognized by the IRS and providing services that benefit children and families in the Greater Richmond area are eligible to apply.

Robins Foundation grants attempt to improve the life of residents within the city of Richmond and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield and Henrico.

Grants are not made to:
- Organizations other than 501 (c)(3) nonprofits
- Individuals, private foundation churches or religious programs, fraternal, social or labor organizations
- Political parties, candidates or lobbying activities
- Travel funds for tours, exhibitions or trips by individuals or special interest groups
- Local athletic/sports programs or equipment, courtesy advertising benefits, raffle tickets and other fundraising or special events
- Scholarships, fellowships or sponsors for a particular cause
- For-profit entities

Organizations receiving Community Innovation Grants or Strategic Partner funding are ineligible to apply for Community Focus grants while their existing grant is still open.

The Foundation generally does not fund:
- Private schools
- National health organizations with a focus on a single disease
- Projects outside their geographic reach

Robins Foundation provides funding support to organizations serving the needs of youth within the Tri-Cities when it is in addition to the Greater Richmond area. The Foundation rarely provides funding support to organizations with services that are solely/largely focused outside of their geographic reach.

Pre-Application Information:

2019 Submission Deadlines:
Monday, March 4 at 5:00 pm, for notification in June
Friday, May 31 at 5:00 pm, for notification in September

Grant applications will be available one month before the submission deadline.

Potential applicants need to speak with a program officer regarding their proposal prior to submitting an application. All introductory conversations must occur before the application becomes available. Organizations are requested to answer a questionnaire and send it by email. Then, to schedule a conversation with the Program staff.

Only online applications may be submitted. Proposals submitted any other way will not be accepted.

FAQs: http://www.robinsfdn.org/faq/

Contact Information:

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

Schedule a conversation and apply online: https://robinsfdn.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp

For questions regarding an existing grant, an upcoming grant cycle or the review and funding process, please email grants@robinsfdn.org. For all other inquiries, please email info@robinsfdn.org

Robins Foundation
10 S. 3rd Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
(P) 804-523-1144 | (F) 804-523-1150

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Within the city of Richmond and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield and Henrico.