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Special Interest Grants: Faith Community Nursing - The Nightingale Fund

Hampton Roads Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $1,500

Anticipated deadline: Oct 31, 2019

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

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

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

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The Saunders established the Nightingale Fund in 2004 in memory of Susan’s parents Franklin and Katherine Friend. Franklin volunteered with the mental health system in Virginia Beach after retiring from the Ford Motor Company; Katherine volunteered with Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters for more than 25 years. Milton Saunders, M.D., is a retired physician who volunteers in disaster preparedness and response. Susan Saunders, R.N.,is a Faith Community Nurse. The Saunders live in Chesapeake.

This Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation provides grants for established Faith Community Nursing programs in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. These programs were formerly known as Parish Nursing programs. Faith Community Nurses are specially trained nurses who unite faith and spiritual approaches with traditional medicine to help people live healthy lives. 

The Nightingale Fund helps religious congregations and organizations with Faith Community Nursing Programs pay for equipment, supplies and programs to help people live healthier lives.

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


  • Churches, synagogues or other religious institutions located in southeastern Virginia should apply if they:
    • Have operated a Faith Community Nursing program for at least one year.
    • Are classified as tax exempt by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • What can be funded:
    • Medical and educational equipment
    • Specific programs
    • Educational materials
    • Supplies


  • Grant funds are not available for:
    • Salaries or stipends
    • Financial assistance to individuals
    • Activities normally considered to be the responsibility of the requesting religious institution.