In early October, The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia announced the award of $877,500 to local nonprofits through their community grant making program and over $1M in support through TCF affiliated partners – the Jenkins Foundation, Medarva Foundation Fund and Sheltering Arms Fund . The community grants program is supported by unrestricted and field of interest funds created by donors who had the foresight to ensure that TCF would have the flexibility to meet the changing needs of the Greater Richmond region over time. Twice a year, TCF makes grants that advance our goals of cultural vibrancy, economic prosperity, educational success, and health and wellness. In addition, there are special funding opportunities that invite proposals at different times of year. Learn more about the community grant making process here – the next round of competitive grant applications are due November 7th.
TCF Goal: Community Members have access to and an appreciation for arts and cultural opportunities.
Art180 – $50,000 to support ART 180’s community-based after-school youth development programs.
Maymont Foundation – $50,000 to provide general operating support for Maymont.
Richmond Ballet – $40,000 to support the 2016-2017 MINDS IN MOTION program in participating Richmond-area elementary schools, and the expansion of the program to add a team of Teaching Artists and enable more residency programs.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation – $25,000 to provide funding for educational programming for Virginia Museum of Fine Arts visitors in conjunction with the 2017 exhibition, Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China.
TCF Goal: The region’s resources are sustainable and its residents are economically stable and secure.
Children’s Home Society of Virginia – $14,500 to support the purchase of a van for the Possibilities Project.
Initiatives of Change – $25,000 to support The Center for Community Trustbuilding.
James River Association – $25,000 to implement recreational access, river-based business development, and tourism recommendations of the Regional Rivers Plan.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation – Virginia Office – $50,000 to support neighborhood revitalization activities in Richmond’s Northside, including the Financial Opportunity Center, a community safety initiative and a corridor revitalization strategy.
Neighborhood Resource Center – $20,000 to hire a consultant to facilitate both an organizational assessment and strategic planning process to update NRC’s three-year strategic plan.
Partnership for Housing Affordability – $50,000 to the support the formation of the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust.
St. Joseph’s Villa – $60,000 to support continued provision of rapid rehousing services in Richmond and the Tri-Cities, placing households in permanent housing with time-limited financial assistance and stabilization services.
TCF Goal: Young people achieve in school, engage in their community and are prepared for the workforce.
Communities in Schools of Chesterfield – $25,000 to establish a comprehensive development program that increases the capacity of the CIS of Chesterfield Board of Directors to sustain and expand CIS programming.
First Tee Richmond & Chesterfield – $25,000 to provide capacity building support in the area of marketing and fund development.
Northstar Academy – $50,000 to support the Career Academy for students with disabilities, focused on obtaining employment.
Peter Paul Development Center – $75,000 to support 250 students in quality after school and summer programming designed to support academic growth and connect students to quality enrichment experiences.
The Valentine – $22,000 to provide experiential programs to students in Richmond’s underserved schools.
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg – $50,000 to support the Richmond Youth Program Quality Intervention (YPQI), which provides training and assessment for youth service providers in the Richmond region.
Virginia Early Childhood Foundation – $25,000 to support Shared Services Alliance that will centralize key functions of early care providers.
Virginia Repertory Theatre – $50,000 to support of FIELD, Family Involvement in Early Literacy Development.
Health & Wellness
TCF Goal: Community members are safe and healthy.
Elk Hill Farm – $25,000 to support school-based mental health services for students in Goochland Middle School and 9th grade.
Greater Richmond Fit4Kids – $45,000 to support the Wellness Integration and Learning Gardens programs that improve children’s health and wellness through active classrooms, garden lessons, environmental modifications, and policy.
Hanover Safe Place – $25,000 to expand programming to low-income families living in extended-stay hotels in the Ashland area, that are being evicted due to a change in City ordinance.
Tricycle Gardens – $14,000 to support increase targeted access to fresh, healthy food and education programs in Richmond.
United Methodist Urban Ministries of Richmond – $22,000 to support healthy food production, distribution, and community-based programs.
Many other local organizations were currently awarded support through TCF affiliated partners – the Jenkins Foundation, Medarva Foundation Fund and Sheltering Arms Fund; you can read about their support here.