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Find Funding: $500k Robins Foundation Community Innovation Grant

The Robins Foundation announced an unprecedented grant opportunity that challenges Richmond-area nonprofit organizations to devise creative and collaborative solutions to the region?s most confounding issues.  In keeping with the size of the new grant ? upwards of $500,000 ? organizations are encouraged to think BIG.  The inaugural Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant, to be awarded annually, will fund one proposal that ?celebrates the imaginative, cooperative spirit of Greater Richmond.? 

The award is designed to support a project that addresses an unmet community need or issue in emerging neighborhoods

 Proposals ideally should demonstrate three elements:

1. An innovative approach to solving the need

2.  Strategic collaboration

3.  The potential for wider, long-term impact on the intended group

Proposals with higher risk but have the potential to yield high positive outcomes are encouraged.

Executive Director, Kelly Chopus encourages Richmond Nonprofits to truly THINK DIFFERENTLY!

The Community Innovation Grant is among an array of new funding categories recently launched by the Robins Foundation – the Visionary Partnerships category

Other funding priorities include:

 Strong Nonprofits, designed to strengthen the management and operation of the region?s nonprofits

 Thriving People, initiatives that give children and families the tools to live productive lives

  Dynamic Community, focused on improving the quality of life in Richmond neighborhoods.

The deadline for grant proposals for the Community Innovation Grant is Monday, September 15.  Make sure to read the FAQ?s and learn how to apply.

Grant Information Sessions:

September 4, 2014




September 9, 2014




Registration is required for the information session and is first come, first served.  In order to register please rsvp to info@robinsfdn.org with your name, organization and time you?d like to attend.

Want more resources on Grant Writing? Check out these resources:

         Resource You Can Use: Successful Grants

         Resources You Can Use: Grant Success and Management

         Resources You Can Use: Get Funders to Give to Your Cause

         ConnectVA Community Vital Signs – find local statistics and research resources

And make sure to check the ConnectVA Find Funding page and the Grants and Funding Opportunities Message Board for the most up-to-date information! 


Robins Foundation seeks to understand and serve the best interests of the Richmond community by listening, learning, engaging and supporting. Robins envisions Richmond as vibrant community in which to live, work and raise a family, where all its citizens have abundant opportunities to thrive. Claiborne Robins, Sr. was a compassionate, empathetic and accessible leader who valued integrity, ethical practices and generosity. As a thoughtful philanthropist and visionary, he used his wealth to improve the quality of life for the Richmond community. Robins Foundation highly values his legacy, and seeks to honor his example through our philanthropic work.

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