In its first grant round of the year, the Williamsburg Community Foundation presented grants totaling $25,876 to seven local nonprofit organizations at its Grant Award Luncheon on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the Ford’s Colony Country Club. This includes $6,716 in donor-advised grants, which are awarded by donors to the foundation who chose to underwrite some of the applications received this grant round. The luncheon was generously sponsored by Oleta Coach Lines, Inc.
These grants come from Williamsburg Community Foundation’s permanent Community Endowment and Field-of-Interest funds. These funds have been established and supported by local donors who are interested in improving the quality of life for all Williamsburg residents.
Below is a list of the grants awarded by focus area:
Community Endowment Grants
*Avalon: A Center for Women and Children (Children & Young Adults) $2,250
This grant will support the “Summer Strong Resiliency Camp”, a summer camp for children aged 9-17 who have experienced trauma related to being a victim of a crime.
*Child Development Resources (Health & Community Wellness) $3,500
The grant supports the purchase of CPR/First Aid/AED equipment for use by CDR’s in-house trainer to ensure that all staff are CPR/First Aid/AED certified.
*Grove Christian Outreach Center (Health & Community Wellness) $2,500
The Emergency Financial Assistance Program will assist Grove area residents who need help with evictions, cut off of vital utilities, prescription medications, gas vouchers and bus tickets.
Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center (Health and Community Wellness) $1,910
This grant supports purchase of two wall mounted Ophthalmoscope/otoscope sets to be used in patient examination rooms.
*One Child Center for Autism (Children & Young Adults) $4,000
This grant supports the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Program, which is an evidence-based behavioral therapy intervention for individuals with autism and other developmental differences.
Rx Drug Access Partnership (Health & Community Wellness) $2,500
Grant will support expansion of the “Access to Medication Program” and will increase access to generic medication for 400 uninsured Williamsburg residents.
Virginia Regional Ballet (Arts & Culture) $2,500
Grant support will allow Virginia Regional Ballet to add a dance class for individuals with special needs (ages 5-adult).
*These grants are in partnership with an anonymous donor-advised fund holder at the Foundation.
Williamsburg Landing Outstanding Service to Seniors Award
Vernon Baker and Kathy Kammer presented the second annual Williamsburg Landing Outstanding Service to Seniors Award to William S. Massey, CEO of Peninsula Agency on Aging. Bill was actively involved in the startup of the Center for Excellence in Aging, established a branch of PAA in Williamsburg, served as an advisor to the local Senior Services Coalition, and has served hundreds of seniors and their families in the community. The Williamsburg Landing Fund was created at the Williamsburg Community Foundation to support an annual award to honor those who have exhibited distinguished and exemplary service in the field of senior services within greater Williamsburg.
Upcoming Grant Deadline
Grants of up to $5,000 will be made by the Williamsburg Community Foundation in its Fall 2018 Grant Round. The Foundation is interested in receiving applications that support a broad range of community enrichment opportunities and respond to changing community needs. We have reframed our grant priorities to better reflect how our grant investments impact the community through 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 18, 2018 at noon. Learn more.