WCF Awards Grants to 18 Nonprofits

Williamsburg Community Foundation is excited to announce grants to 18 local nonprofits, totaling $78,727, for its Fall 2021 grant round. These grants are made possible by the Community Endowment, Field-of-Interest Funds, and additional anonymous donors.

Community Endowment Grants

Arts & Culture

Access Virginia ($5,000) – For accommodations to allow those with hearing/sight loss to access performing arts venue(s) and attend a touring live performance.  

Williamsburg Women’s Chorus, Inc. ($2,000) – Music is even more important now after the past year. Their first in-person concert will be presented in November including a possible guest musician.  

Children & Young Adults

Colonial CASA ($3,459) – Improve Colonial CASA’S child advocacy training and board meeting space and update advocate training curriculum manuals.

Environment & Conservation

Williamsburg Community Growers ($4,768) – A path along the garden’s public entrance side will be improved and expanded to welcome the community, to incorporate partner’s projects and recognize community support, and to address an urgent conservation issue.  

Health & Community Wellness

Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment ($2,500) – To acquire and provide mobility-related rehabilitation equipment to maximize functional independence and improve quality of life for low-income adults with disabilities and seniors.  

Community of Faith Mission, Inc. ($5,000) – COFM, in conjunction with churches, will offer congregant shelter but due to concerns from COVID 19, COFM will also provide shelter through a local hotel. Grant funded by an anonymous donor.  

Literacy for Life ($5,000) – This project seeks to improve adult learner outcomes by increasing learner enrollment, tutor engagement, and available instructional opportunities.  

Salvation Army of Williamsburg ($5,000) – This grant will support the food pantry for families in need, providing fresh and nonperishable items, and household supplies. Grant funded by an anonymous donor.  

Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels, Inc. ($5,000) – Meals on Wheels provides home-delivered, hot, noontime meals, breakfast food for the most in need, and in-home nutrition and nutrition education.  

YMCA of the Virginia Peninsulas ($5,000) – The YMCA’s Workplace Infusing Equity (WIE) project will provide training, education and conversation workshops around equity and empathy topics led by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC).

Senior Services

Williamsburg Area Faith in Action, Inc. ($5,000) – Since the pandemic, many local seniors have been unable to access grocery stores due to lacking transportation and/or following stay-at-home orders. Providing transportation to grocery stores enhances quality of life and addresses social isolation.

Williamsburg Fund for Women & Girls

Child Development Resources, Inc. ($1,000) – This program serves new mothers through parent education, breastfeeding counseling, postpartum-mood support groups, infant massage classes and other services with the goal for every new baby in Greater Williamsburg to have a healthy, happy start.

Benjamin Altshuler Fund for Transportation

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg ($5,000) – Transportation allows Arc clients to be engaged in employment and activities that are enriching, equitable, and inclusive throughout the greater Williamsburg community.  

Avalon Center ($5,000) – To purchase a new van to provide transportation for survivors of domestic and sexual violence as part of our support services. 

BikeWalk Williamsburg ($5,000) – To refurbish donated bicycles and distribute them on an “ability to pay” basis. Provide a bicycle repair facility, train youth to operate the facility and educate about the benefits of bicycling.  

Colonial Behavioral Health ($5,000) – To help purchase a sport utility vehicle to replace a 2012 vehicle in the agency fleet of vehicles. CBH provides mental health and recovery services for all ages.  

Peninsula Agency on Aging, Inc. ($5,000) – The PAA RIDES program provides safe, reliable transportation to seniors with reduced ability to transport themselves or who lack alternative transportation resources. Grant funded by an anonymous donor.  

Williamsburg House of Mercy ($5,000) –Mercy Housing frequently requires transportation to and from move-ins to doctor appointments, to veterans’ assistance resources, and other case management requirements. Partially funded by an anonymous donor.

YMCA of the VA Peninsulas
Colonial CASA
Williamsburg Community Growers
BikeWalk Williamsburg
Community of Faith Mission
Williamsburg Women’s Chorus
Faith in Action