Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund Grant

The Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond

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

Deadline: Rolling

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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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.

We will consider requests of any amount, but we expect most grants to be between $10,000-$50,000.  

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. 
  • Funding priorities include: 
    • Organizations providing crisis response services. 
    • Organizations who are experiencing a greater demand for current services due to the pandemic. 
    • Organizations who are experiencing hardship due to loss of revenue.
  • The fund will initially focus on organizations providing essential services in housing, health-related, childcare, senior services, and crisis behavioral health care and/or requests that serve the following populations: children and youth, seniors, individuals experiencing homelessness, public housing residents, immigrants and community members with limited English language proficiency. 


  • The fund does not support requests for individual assistance, business support, or business loans.