Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund Grant

The Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $50,000

Fields of work: Immigrant Services Affordable Housing Youth Services Crisis Intervention Senior Services Child Care Services Health & Medicine Homelessness Services Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Virginia: Amelia County, Brunswick County, Caroline County, Charles City County, Chesterfield County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Virginia: Amelia County, Brunswick County, Caroline County, Charles City County, Chesterfield County Show all

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About this funder:



NOTE: For nonprofits: In order to move resources quickly, we are not hosting a formal application process for the Fund at this time. You may share your needs to let us know how your organization is affected, help us assess emergent needs in the region, and to inform our decisions going forward.

Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund

It is times like this when philanthropy can lean into its leadership role and unite our community for the greater good. At the Community Foundation, we are responding to the uncertainty with proactive action and collaboration. 

In partnership with the Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia and PlanRVA, we have activated our regional disaster response fund to ensure resources are available for emerging needs related to the coronavirus and its impact in our region. The Community Foundation has seeded the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund with an initial contribution of $500,000.

Purpose of the Fund

The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund will be administered as a public-private partnership between philanthropy, government and the nonprofit sector to address the most immediate urgent needs, as well as the longer term effects of the pandemic and community recovery. Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations only, not individuals.

We will remain responsive to needs as they emerge, but the fund will initial support:

  • Proven community-based organizations who support the physical and emotional health of our most vulnerable residents - including children and seniors; immigrants and those with limited English proficiency; the homeless.
  • Operating needs of safety net clinics; food access providers; child and adult care organizations; housing providers for the homeless; nonprofits who minimize disruptions for those who live in public housing communities
  • Secondarily, the fund will consider the hardships of our nonprofit organizations due to the lost income or revenue.

Funding Priorities

As our region continues to navigate through the early stage of response, we are further honing our focus to support response strategies that help ensure the health and safety of our community. We anticipate this phase at least will coincide with the Governor Northam’s (Stay At Home) Executive Order 55 with a time horizon of June 10, 2020.   

At this time, consideration will be given to nonprofit organizations and public agencies working to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Filling gaps in availability of and access to healthcare;  
  • Ensuring essential services are provided to health care workers and first responders;
  • Providing access to basic needs, particularly food;
  • Providing access to safety equipment and/or cleaning or disinfecting supplies; and
  • Providing access to shelter for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Emphasis will be given to system coordination and delivery, in which the applicant has proven ability to execute scaled efforts addressing the needs of those most at risk of contracting the virus, or those whose health may be further compromised by its existence. Vulnerable populations may include first responders, front line personnel, children and their families, seniors, low income and dislocated low-income workers, immigrants, individuals with limited English language proficiency, other individuals adversely affected by the pandemic.

Please see FAQ for further informations.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible organizations must provide services in Central Virginia, which for this initiative includes the cities of Richmond, Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg; the town of Ashland; and the immediate surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan.
  • Aligned with the larger footprint of the Emergency Management Alliance, requests will also be considered for organizations serving Amelia, Brunswick, Caroline, Charles City, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Emporia, Essex, Fort AP Hill, Fort Lee, Greensville, King and Queen, King William, Louisa, New Kent, Price George and Sussex. 



  • What does the fund NOT support?  
    • With the dynamic nature and uncertain timeline of the pandemic, the fund has identified response as its priority.
      • Therefore, we are not actively reviewing requests for longer term recovery at this time. 
    • The fund is not able to support general assistance to organizations experiencing lost revenue during the COVID-19 disaster or activities for which costs are known to be reimbursable from other sources.
      • However, the Community Foundation and PlanRVA will continue to communicate and coordinate with other regional partners to explore future resources for recovery and resilience phases in our region.
    • The fund does not support requests for individual assistance, business support, or business loans.