16 Spring Grants Awarded

In its first grant round of the year, the Williamsburg Community Foundation (WCF) presented grants totaling $44,652 to 16 local nonprofit organizations at its Grant Award Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Ford’s Colony Country Club. Berkeley Realty Property Management generously sponsored the luncheon.

“A community foundation’s role is to forge connections and build a strong base of support to improve the quality of life for area residents,” remarked WCF Executive Director Nancy Sullivan. The grants award lunch provided participants a chance to learn “more about what makes our community special, what our local needs are, and perhaps find common ground or a common purpose in supporting our hometown.”

Foundation grants are made possible by generous local donors who have contributed to the Community Endowment and Field-of-Interest funds. In addition, a portion of the grants awarded today were provided by individual Foundation donors who chose to support some of the applications received this grant round.

Each grant described below falls within one of five broad areas: Children & Young Adults, Health & Community Wellness, Senior Services, Arts & Culture, and Environment & Conservation. Grants are awarded through a competitive process; the next opportunity to apply for funding will be July 2019. For details, visit WilliamsburgCommunityFoundation.org.

Spring 2019 Grants:

Avalon: A Center for Women & Children: For a specialized summer camp for children, ages 10-16, that are victims of crime and trauma.  Camp activities focus on building resiliency and coping skills.

Early Childhood Music School: For training of new instructors replacing retiring veteran teachers.

Lackey Clinic: For new pulmonary function test (PFT) machine and related supplies, as well as new vaginal illuminators to assist in pelvic exams.

Literacy for Life: To replace aging books and add those books needed to ensure support of curricula for the constant flow of new learners.

Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center: For a Resting Electrocardiograph (EKG) machine for the growing numbers of uninsured chronic disease care patients.

One Child Center for Autism: To provide testing materials and protocols necessary for therapists to conduct their work efficiently and effectively.

Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health: For the Peninsula Elder Abuse Forensic Center, which analyzes complex cases of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation with a multidisciplinary lens.

Virginia Symphony Orchestra: The Children’s Chamber Music Series will include two free, themed “Meet the Families” public concerts at the Williamsburg Regional Library.

Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels: To provide home-delivered, hot, noonday meals, breakfast to the most in-need, and in-home nutrition education.

Williamsburg Community Growers: To expand the community garden to include four large raised beds with aids for seniors and physically less able gardeners.

Williamsburg Youth Orchestra: Summer Chamber Music Camp provides students the opportunity to work in a small ensemble setting under the professional direction.

Youth Aeronautics Educational Foundation: For 50 scholarships to take under-served, at-risk middle / high school youth on one-hour introductory flights.

An Occasion for the Arts Fund

Colonial Behavioral Health: People’s Place members will explore art and its healing powers through onsite and visiting art classes, and exhibit their artwork at the annual family program.

Genevieve McGiffert Memorial Fund for the Musical Performing Arts

Williamsburg Choral Guild:  Featured work of March 2020 concert, “The Seven Last Words of Christ”, will be performed with paid soloists, 16-string orchestra and organ, with Christopher Newport Chamber Choir.

Williamsburg Music Club: For two vocal performances: Peter Budnikas will present folk favorites with guitar/ukulele; Phaedra McNorton will present a vocal tour through the American musical landscape.

Williamsburg Women’s Chorus: Two concerts will present new women’s choral music, featuring a youth choir, guest musicians from the community, and scholarship winners.

Upcoming Grant Deadline

Grants of up to $5,000 will be made by the Williamsburg Community Foundation in its Fall 2019 Grant Round.  The Foundation is interested in receiving applications that support a broad range of community enrichment opportunities and respond to changing community needs. Our grant priorities include five specific areas of interest: Arts & Culture, Children & Young Adults, Environment & Conservation, Health & Community Wellness, and Senior Services. The deadline to submit a grant proposal online is July 17, 2019 at noon. Learn more at WilliamsburgCommunityFoundation.org.

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