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Community Leadership Partners Grants

Grants to South Hampton Roads, Virginia Nonprofits
for Programs Focusing on Disengaged or At-Risk Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hampton Roads Community Foundation

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Deadline Date:

05/24/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations for re-engagement and intervention programs focusing on South Hampton Roads youth, ages 16 to 24, who are disconnected from school or the workforce. Funding may also be used for prevention programs for middle or high school students who are at high risk of disconnection due to:

- Homelessness and/or foster care
- Emotional, physical or sexual abuse and/or human trafficking
- Mental health/behavioral health issues and/or drug abuse
- Involvement in the juvenile justice system

Applicants should explain how the program for which funding is sought addresses one or more of the following:

- Workforce training and/or employment placement
- Mental/behavioral health services
- Drop-out prevention and academic success
- Temporary shelter and/or permanent housing opportunities
- Independent living services for older youth

Programs must measure outcomes and have a plan for program sustainability beyond the grant year. There is a preference for applicants who:

- Collaborate with other organizations to reduce duplication of services
- Use innovative methods incorporation evidence-based best practices

*Disconnected youth are teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185728

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Partners anticipate awarding grants in the range of $5,000 to $25,000. The Partners reserve the right to award both smaller and larger grants.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year requests will not be funded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Community Leadership Partners will accept grant applications from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that provide program services and serve clients within any of the five major cities of South Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk or Virginia Beach). Organizations must have an established track record of service of at least one year as evidenced by the filing of an IRS Form 990.

The Partners will NOT fund the following:

- Support for specific individuals
- Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decisions
- Deficit funding
- Lobbying to influence legislation
- Religious activities
- Multi-year grant requests

Note: Public schools are not eligible to apply for funding, but may participate in partnerships with a nonprofit applicant sponsoring programs to benefit public school students.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to attend an information session on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the community foundation office. At this session, the Foundation will answer questions about these grant guidelines and the grant application process. Attendance at this meeting is strongly encouraged.

In addition, interested nonprofits are invited to attend the foundation’s training to learn more about “Making Outcomes Count” on Monday, May 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Register for either of these sessions by contacting Sarah Ellis.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: May 24, 2019 at 5 p.m. Grant recipients will be announced in September.

The Foundation gladly welcomes nonprofit staff and board members every month on Drop-in Day and also by appointment. Before submitting an application be sure to talk with a program officer to receive helpful feedback and advice. However, please remember that as grant deadlines approach, available appointment times may be limited.

In-person training sessions on the online application system are also available for those who desire assistance. Contact Sarah Ellis, Grants Manager.

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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.

Online application portal:

For questions regarding the online application, please contact Sarah Ellis at or (757) 622-7951.

For questions about the proposal, please contact Kate Wilson at or (757) 622-7951.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: South Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk or Virginia Beach)