Memorial Foundation for Children Grant Program

Memorial Foundation for Children

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2019 9:00am PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 31, 2019 9:00am PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Virginia: Chesterfield County, Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, Richmond city

Location of residency: United States

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Memorial Foundation for Children Grant Program

The Memorial Foundation for Children began in 1805 as the Female Humane Association. This home for Richmond orphans was organized and governed by a group of dedicated women. One of Virginia’s first charitable institutions, the organization was supported by political, social and religious leaders of Richmond.

To reflect the changing needs over the years, the organization was renamed the Memorial Home for Girls, then the Memorial Foundation and later the Memorial Foundation for Children, providing treatment for emotionally disturbed children. In 1970, the Foundation became solely a funding organization to assist other non-profit agencies in serving children in the Richmond area.

Today the Memorial Foundation for Children, still governed by a volunteer board comprised of women who are active in the community and knowledgeable about the needs of children, provides support for projects and activities to benefit children.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Memorial Foundation for Children is to provide funds that support organizations that improve lives of children in the Richmond Metropolitan Area.

Our Vision is that all children will reach their potential.


The Memorial Foundation for Children awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Richmond Area that address significant issues within our major funding categories, Education and Health and Wellness of children from birth through the age of 21. The Richmond area is defined as the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, and Henrico.

Education Grants should engage children over a period of time in a series of interactions that culminate in improved knowledge or skill. Preference will be given to schools, organizations and programs that support success in school and motivate children to thrive in life. We place emphasis on supporting programs that improve Early Childhood and K-12 Education.

Health and Wellness Grants are awarded to organizations that provide quality, meaningful medical care, physical and mental health services, and health education programs to benefit children.

Types of Support

The Foundation makes grants for specific programs or projects as well as general operating expenses.

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


  • Geographic Focus:
    • Generally, grants are made only to organizations located in the Richmond metropolitan area, which is defined as the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover and Henrico.
    • However, funds are sometimes awarded to agencies outside the geographic region that provide special services for children from the Richmond area.
  • Eligibility and Restrictions:
    • Grants are made to organizations that qualify under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and to qualifying government instrumentalities, such as public schools. 
    • Grants are awarded on an every other year basis.


  • Priority will be given to grants that:
    • demonstrate long-term impact 
    • fund evidence-based programs that enhance educational experiences or promote optimal health
    • primarily serve children from low-income families (“low income” is defined as 200% of the federal poverty level)
    • are designed to achieve measurable results
    • provide support to organizations that collaborate to improve the lives of children living in poverty


  • Requests for endowments, private foundations, private operating foundations, individuals, annual fund campaigns or fundraising expenses will not be considered.
  • Grants for individual camperships, field trips or event tickets are not funded, and generally, one-time event grants are not favored.
  • Grants for individual tuition or scholarships are not a funding priority.
  • Generally, requests for multi-year payments are not considered.
  • Grants are not typically made for “bricks and mortar” projects.

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