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COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits in Eligible Cities
to Address Urgent Needs Due to COVID-19

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Hampton Roads Community Foundation and United Way of South Hampton Roads a

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations to respond to urgent community needs in eligible cities. Funding is intended to help residents affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to proposals that address food security, household essentials, mental health, and emergency housing. Eligible applicants serve residents of Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and United Way of South Hampton Roads are collaborating on rapid response grant funding to support nonprofit partners at the forefront of caring for people in need. The Foundation's goal is to ensure continued operation of critical human service nonprofits by supporting agencies that are adapting and responding to urgent and essential needs of people who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The four priorities described below have been identified for the first RFP based on community feedback and emerging data:

  1. Food security: Includes the distribution of food items to people experiencing food insecurity or access issues. This may be accomplished through the delivery and pick-up of prepared meals, groceries, food boxes, etc.
  2. Emergency housing: Includes shelters and hotel stays for those experiencing homelessness or an immediate housing crisis; Providers that incorporate wraparound supports, case management, and a demonstrated track record are preferred.
  3. Household essentials: Includes personal care items and household products that are critical to one’s survival needs during this pandemic (e.g., medication, infant formula, diapers, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.). Preference is for this priority to be combined with priority one and/or two above rather than as a standalone project.
  4. Mental health: Includes professional mental health services such as counseling.

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GrantWatch ID#: 188857

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award amounts will vary based on several factors, such as the scope of the proposed response and the number of grant requests received. Most grants will range from $1,000-$25,000. However, collaborative proposals that demonstrate a coordinated effort among two or more partners may be considered for larger awards.

Term of Contract:

Dates associated with the term of this grant are to remain flexible. Once awarded, grants will be disbursed upon receipt of the signed grant agreement. These grants are intended to support short-term efforts that address the immediate needs of people experiencing difficulties associated with the pandemic.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are registered with the Commonwealth of Virginia and that serve residents of Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.
- The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply: Organizations that require religious participation by clients/participants, political or fraternal organizations, national or international organizations or purpose, and hospitals and similar health-care facilities.
- Organizations must meet due diligence requirements based on at least one of the following:
1) Currently certified and in good standing with UWSHR;
2) A grant recipient through HRCF within the past three years;
3) Satisfactory review of due diligence documents: current Board of Directors roster, most recently filed IRS 990 or audited financials, and the organization’s operating budget.

Grants awarded are to support direct service responses and are not to be used for general agency stabilization purposes due to such factors as decreased revenue and donations or event cancellations.

Pre-Application Information:

The priority deadline for submissions was Monday, April 13, 2020, meaning applications submitted by this date were guaranteed consideration. However, the funding source is keeping the RFP open and continuing to accept applications until May 4th.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Portal:

Technical assistance will be provided by phone, email, and by appointment, depending on the type and complexity of the assistance requested.
- Staff are available to provide guidance and answer questions about the application content. Please contact Dr. Linda Rice at and/or Kathleen Banfield at
- For assistance with the HRCF Application Portal, please contact Gina Kelly at

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