The Norfolk-based Hampton Roads Community Foundation announced recently that it will be awarding nearly $1 million in grants to Black nonprofit organizations in the area as part of its commitment to racial equality.
According to a statement released by the Foundation, the commitment involves confronting unfair and unjust policies and practices that persistently limit opportunities for Black people and beyond.
The grants will be coming from the Black Community Partnership Fund, which the foundation launched in 2020 thanks to a $1 million gift from Facebook to support Black nonprofits. The Foundation awarded grants to nonprofits with a majority Black board of directors, executive leadership and/or staff, and that primarily serve Black people.
Grants, which will be paid over two years, can be used for a variety of programs and needs. The 30 recipients include:
– Beauty for Ashes Contemporary School of Dance
– Black BRAND
– Blakely Weaver Counseling Center, Inc.
– Buffalo Family and Friends Community Days
– Clever Communities in Action
– Community Outreach Coalition
– Don Carey REECH Foundation
– EduStar Performing Arts Society Inc.
– Envision Lead Grow, Inc.
– G.I.R.L.S. Club
– Garden of Hope
– Hearts Full of Grace Inc.
– Hope U Inc.
– I. Sherman Greene Chorale, Inc.
– Kairos Freedom Schools of Virginia, Inc.
– Life Enrichment Center of Norfolk
– Menchville House Ministries, Inc.
– Mosaic Steel Orchestra
– New Vision Youth Services, Inc.
– Nursing CAP
– Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless, Inc.
– Quality of Life Inc.
– Southside Boys and Girls Club
– The Elders House
– TWP—The Youth Movement
– Visions of Truth Community Development Corporation
– Walk In It Inc.
– Wesley Community Service Center, Inc.
– Young Investor Group
– Youth Outreach Urban Resources & Services
Of the 30 organizations selected, three are in Hampton (Beauty for Ashes Contemporary School of Dance, EduStar Performing Arts Society, and G.I.R.L.S. Club) and one is in Newport News (Menchville House Ministries).
The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is southeastern Virginia’s largest grant and scholarship provider. Since 1950 it has awarded more than $324 million in grants and scholarships to make life better in Hampton Roads.