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Community Foundation Announces 2018 Community Impact Grants

The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond, together with its donors, is pleased to announce Community Impact grant awards for 2018, totaling $2.83 million to 78 organizations across the region. Community Impact grants support local nonprofits whose strategies and outcomes align with the Foundation’s four focus areas: community vibrancyeconomic prosperityeducational success, and health and wellness. Over the past year, the Foundation has adopted funding priorities in education, housing, and workforce development initiatives that will increase access and opportunity for low-income residents in Richmond.

A significant number of grants were awarded in the City of Richmond, where economic challenges tend to be the highest, with a focus on the East End, Northside and Southside (including the Jefferson Davis Corridor) neighborhoods. Ten grants were also awarded in the Petersburg area, primarily in education. The awards support nonprofit partners who are focused on high quality programming, systems, and advocacy and policy.

Community Vibrancy

Grants awarded in this category aim to ensure that community members enjoy good quality of life, with access to and an appreciation for the arts, cultural opportunities, and natural assets.

Arts and Culture

Art 180 – $25,000
To create and deliver innovative arts-based programs to youth in challenging circumstances.

Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia – $30,000
To execute and expand Hands on History, the BHMVA’s ongoing mission of providing invaluable opportunities to experience history and culture.

CultureWorks – $40,000
To support CultureWorks service and leadership for the Richmond and Tri-Cities region. (second year of a three-year grant)

Richmond Performing Arts Alliance – $25,000
To transform and expand Early Literacy Learning through the Arts programs to additional Pre-K classrooms.

Richmond Symphony – $20,000
To fund community-led Big Tent festivals and programming.

SPARC – $20,000
To support operating costs of SPARC’s outreach programs.

The Valentine – $30,000
To provide free access to interactive Richmond history programs in partnership with RPS and CIS.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation – $20,000
To expand and diversify its presence in the community through its Family and Community Outreach programs.

Virginia Repertory Theatre – $20,000
To support operations of the model access program.

Community Building

Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers – $50,000
To advocate for equity-based transportation infrastructure through the development of safe and accessible places for people to bike and walk in greater Richmond.

Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities – $25,000
To fund inclusion and equity workshops, retreats, and assemblies for students, educators, business leaders, law enforcement, elected officials, and citizens.

Natural Resources

Capital Trees – $15,000
To restore and enhance Richmond’s urban green spaces and to support agency infrastructure.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – $30,000
To support a corps of community volunteers trained to lead urban greening initiatives in their own neighborhoods.

Maymont Foundation – $30,000
To support operations and Immersive STEM Summer Camp pilot in partnership with Peter Paul Development Center.

Economic Prosperity

Grants awarded in this category aim to ensure that the region’s resources are sustainable, and its residents are economically stable and secure.

Adult Workforce Development

Children’s Home Society of Virginia – $20,000
To support the Possibilities Project, a collaborative program providing youth who age out of foster care with housing and life skills.

Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia, Inc. – $40,000
To support planning for GCCVA to lead a consortium of partners to improve workforce development services for challenging populations.

RVA Rapid Transit – $20,000
To advance the work of educating, organizing, and advocating for regional public transportation.

The READ Center – $20,000
To support adult literacy programs that include reading, writing, math and digital skills to at least 250 adults in our community.

Homelessness Reduction

CARITAS –  $40,000
To support case management staff in the CARITAS shelter.

HomeAgain – $20,000
To support general operations of emergency shelters, bridge housing for veterans, rapid rehousing, and permanent and supportive housing.

Homeward – $50,000
To support Homeward’s collaborative work with over 30 public and nonprofit homeless service providers of the greater Richmond Continuum of Care and the development of strategic cross-sector partnerships (second year of a three-year grant).

Housing Families First – $40,000
To support strategic plan implementation and operation of Hilliard House and Building Neighbors.

St. Joseph’s Villa – $40,000
To support general operations of the Flagler Housing and Homeless Services Program, and educational and mental health services.

Virginia Supportive Housing – $40,000
To help our community end homelessness by providing permanent supportive housing services to ensure formerly homeless individuals remain stably housed.

Neighborhood Development

HumanKind – $40,000
To support individuals as they build their financial well-being through employment, financial and benefits coaching or through facilitation of a fair-interest vehicle loan.

Neighborhood Resource Center – $40,000
To serve 460 individuals through NRC Works and Case Management, Out-of-School-Time, gardening, and food programs.

Sacred Heart Center – $40,000
To support the general operating costs of the Sacred Heart Center, in providing educational and human service programs to adults, children, youth, and families.

Thriving Cities Group – $40,000
To further develop the RVA Thrives steering committee and the development of collaborative, community-rooted projects on the Jefferson Davis Corridor.

Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation – $20,000
To implementation neighborhood revitalization strategies in Highland Park.

Safe and Affordable Housing

Better Housing Coalition – $40,000
To support BHC’s operations as they address the affordable housing shortage in our community and work to empower their 2,100 residents.

Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia – $75,000
To provide mobility counseling to deconcentrate poverty, integrate schools, and reduce barriers that prevent Housing Choice Voucher holders from living in neighborhoods of opportunity.

Project:HOMES  – $40,000
To support the Immediate Response Fund that quickly addresses hazardous living conditions of low-income families.

Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity – $40,000
To revitalize 12 homes acquired from RRHA in the Maymont/Randolph neighborhood into safe, affordable, mixed-income housing for local individuals and families.

Educational Success

Grants awarded in this category aim to ensure that young people achieve in school, engage in their community and are prepared for the workforce.

College/Career Readiness

FutureRVA – $50,000
To support FutureRVA’s three-year talent development and talent attraction strategies (second year of a three-year grant).

Partnership for the Future – $40,000
To support programming for low-income, college bound students.

K-12 Academic Success – In-School

Blue Sky Fund – $20,000
 To support the Explorers program to over 2,700 Richmond Public School students.

Chesterfield County Education Foundation – $25,000
To grow the operating capacity to support a growing school division.

Communities In Schools of Chesterfield – $25,000
To support expansion of programming to Meadowbrook High School.

Communities In Schools of Petersburg – $25,000
To support Integrated Student Support Program at the elementary level and develop and implement a Middle School Transition Program.

Communities In Schools of Richmond – $100,000
To support coordination services for students in RPS, including targeted services for Latino students in Southside Richmond.

Goochland Education Foundation – $25,000
To provide broadband devices for at-risk students to actively engage in learning outside the classroom.

Henrico Education Foundation – $25,000
To develop and implement trauma-informed care practices at Glen Lea Elementary School.

Junior Achievement of Central Virginia – $25,000
To provide financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship education for 900 middle and high school students at JA Finance Park.

Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation – $25,000
To support general operations and the strategic needs of the RPS Superintendent and School Board.

 The Literacy Lab – $25,000
To support 47 rigorously-trained, full-time tutors in high-need K-3 classrooms.

VCU Foundation – $100,000
To support the Richmond Teacher Residency program and a pilot in Petersburg to create a sustainable pipeline of highly-effective teachers committed to the students of RPS and PCPS for the long term.

K-12 Academic Success – Out-of-School

 Boys & Girls Club of Metro Richmond – $50,000
To support work in out-of-school time including creating and implementing trauma-informed systems within the five clubs and four neighborhoods they serve.

Higher Achievement Program, Inc. – $25,000
To support intensive program of expanded learning, mentorship, and opportunity for underserved middle school students.

NextUp RVA – $150,000
To expand a citywide afterschool network for Richmond’s youth through a unique model that multiplies the impact of investments by eliminating fragmented, duplicated services and removing cost and transportation barriers.

Peter Paul Development Center – $50,000
To support the after-school and summer educational program that helps strengthen the academic performance of students in grades 2-12 in Richmond’s East End.

The Science Museum of Virginia Foundation – $25,000
To support the first-year programming and strategic audience development of a broad range of applied STEM skills and affiliated career pathways through project-based learning.

United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg – $50,000
To support delivery of continuous improvement process for up to 50 sites, improvement of Richmond YPQI, expansion of professional learning community to regional youth program providers, and design/delivery of advanced trainings for staff.

Virginia Excels – $15,000
To support pilot operations and programming of comprehensive advocacy training to parents and community members of Richmond Public Schools.

YMCA of Greater Richmond – $50,000
To support youth and teen programs in Richmond and Petersburg.

Kindergarten Readiness

FRIENDS Association for Children – $25,000
To support early childhood, preschool, and school-age development programs.

Greater Richmond ARC- $20,000
To support services for children with disabilities by supporting therapists’ travel to the child’s natural environment and translation costs for non-English speaking families.

Partnership for Families – $40,000
To support a comprehensive planning process for a model that ensures child/parent success in early learning.

Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond – $100,000
To provide capacity building support (second year of a three-year grant).

Smart Beginnings Southeast – $25,000
To support quality and access to the early childhood system in Petersburg through Westview Early Learning Center.

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation – $20,000
To support Richmond Area Service Alliance (RASA) and steps to bolster two-generation supports for families in concentrated poverty.

Virginia Literacy Foundation – $40,000
To support a project that helps achieve equity in kindergarten readiness, and family and health literacy among Richmond’s Southside children and families.

YWCA of Richmond – $50,000
To provide operating support to create access to opportunities, strengthen resilience, and advance equitable systems for lifelong success.


Health & Wellness

Grants awarded in this category aim to ensure that community members are healthy and safe.

Access to Primary Care

Family Lifeline – $25,000
To support early childhood development initiatives.

ChildSavers – $50,000
To support general operations and programs in outpatient children’s mental health and child development services.

Side by Side – $20,000
To support transgender youth by increasing access to mental health services.

Central Virginia Health Services – $25,000
To give access to behavioral health services for underserved areas in the Petersburg region using interns in counseling and case management.

Daily Planet Health Services – $25,000
To provide specialized trauma-informed care.

Free Clinic of Powhatan – $25,000
To support various operating expenses vital to patient care.

Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services – $25,000
To support medical, dental, and mental health services.

Pathways – $40,000
To address otherwise untreated mental health issues for youth participants. (third year of a three-year grant)

Richmond City Health District – $75,000
To empower leadership and connectivity in public housing residents and providers through a collective impact model.

Virginia League for Planned Parenthood – $25,000
To support the operations for comprehensive, high-quality primary health care.

Basic Physical Health

FeedMore – $50,000 
To support Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition Programs.

Shalom Farms – $25,000 
To improve the health and increase self-sufficiency of low-income communities with limited access to healthy food, resources, and supports to improve health.


Targeted Interventions

Greater Richmond SCAN – $25,000
To reduce the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), build community resilience, and reduce the prevalence of ACEs in the region.

The James House Intervention/Prevention Services – $25,000
To provide trauma informed care, safe shelter, and advocacy for children and adults in the Tri-Cities affected by sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, and child abuse and neglect.

Virginia Home for Boys and Girls – $20,000
To support the Group Care Services program to help children heal from trauma so they can transition to foster care, adoption or biological family.

Virginia Voice – $20,000
To give individuals with vision impairments equitable access to newspapers, magazines, and live theater performances.

Total Grants                                                          $2,830,000

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