Environmental Stewardship: Seed & Program Funding

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $82,000

Deadline: Jan 15, 2021 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Virginia: Accomack County, Chesapeake city, Franklin city, Isle of Wight County, Norfolk city Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Hampton Roads Community Foundation connects you with charitable causes to improve life in our region. The community foundation manages permanent funds created by people from all walks of life. Its mission is to inspire philanthropy and transform the quality of life in southeastern Virginia.

Community Grants for Environmental Stewardship

Community Grants for the Environmental Stewardship focus on programs that educate youth in grades 3 through 12 about Hampton Roads waterways' health and the impact of sea level rise in our region.

Programs should be sustained efforts that:

  • Provide hands-on outdoor experiences,
  • Include education on environmental issues related to our water-based region, and
  • Offer the opportunity for youth to develop and implement an action plan around watershed preservation and restoration.

Grant proposals should address both of the following outcomes:

  • Hampton Roads youth increase their knowledge of our waterways' health and exhibit positive behaviors that improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
  • Hampton Roads youth increase their knowledge of sea level rise and its potential impact on the region.

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


  • Applicants should be nonprofits working to improve lives in South Hampton Roads.
  • The Hampton Roads Community Foundation welcomes grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving residents of South Hampton Roads, including:
    • Chesapeake
    • Eastern Shore of Virginia - (Accomack and Northampton counties) Grants to Eastern Shore nonprofits are awarded in partnership with our affiliated Eastern Shore of Virginia Community Foundation.
    • Franklin
    • Isle of Wight County
    • Norfolk
    • Portsmouth
    • Suffolk
    • Virginia Beach
  • Requests for funding minor equipment needs may be submitted as part of the grant request.
  • The community foundation will consider awarding grants to specific municipal entities or component units of government for projects generally provided by nonprofit agencies in other communities.
    • This policy does not prohibit public and private colleges and universities from applying for funding.


  • If your organization has received a Hampton Roads Community Foundation grant in the past three years, it is NOT eligible to apply for funding for the same type of grant. 
  • Please also note that grants are generally not available for:
    • Organizations not tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
    • Individuals
    • Fundraising events (such as tickets, raffles, auctions or tournaments), annual fundraising appeals or agency celebrations
    • Ongoing operating support
    • Capital projects and facilities and equipment upgrades that can be considered routine maintenance or replacements.
    • Houses of worship
    • Religious activities (organizations and activities that require religious participation by those receiving services)
    • Political or fraternal organizations
    • Endowment building
    • Existing obligations, debts/liabilities or costs that an agency has already incurred
    • Scholarly research
    • Scholarships, camper fees, fellowships or travel
    • Passenger vans for transporting youth
    • National or international organizations or purposes
    • Hospitals and similar health-care facilities unless applying for a Special Interest Grant
    • Projects or services normally considered the responsibility of government*
    • Private primary or secondary schools, daycare facilities or academies other than those whose primary purpose is for students with special needs.
    • Capital campaign requests exceeding 5% of a campaign valued at $1 million or more