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Memorial Foundation for Children Grant

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Locations
for Programs to Benefit Local Children and Youth

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Memorial Foundation for Children

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Deadline Date:

06/01/21 Noon


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible areas for programs to benefit local children and youth. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Areas of focus include health and wellness and education. 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.

The Memorial Foundation for Children awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Richmond Area that address significant issues within major funding categories, Education and Health and Wellness of children from birth through the age of 21. The Foundation makes grants for specific programs or projects as well as general operating expenses.

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.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194396

Term of Contract:

Generally, requests for multi-year payments are not considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

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 located outside of the geographic region for grant proposals specifically serving children who reside within the Richmond metropolitan area.

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

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Application Review and Award Timeline:
- Late January: Letter of Intent opportunity opens
- March 1 (or the next business day if the date falls on a Saturday or Sunday): Letters of Intent must be submitted online by noon in order to be considered.
- Late-April: Applicants are notified of decisions and selected organizations are invited to submit a full application for further consideration.
- June 1: If invited, a full application and the Foundation budget form must be submitted online by noon. Two hard copies of the application and budget and one copy of all other attachments must be postmarked and mailed.
- June – September: The grant process includes a review of the online application and an interview that may include a site visit by a member of the Grants committee.
- October – November: The Grants Committee reviews all proposals, presents findings, and makes recommendations for funding to the Board.
- Early December: Applicants are notified in writing of decisions, and grants are awarded and paid prior to December 31. Awarded grant funds must be fully expended during the following January through December.

The Memorial Foundation for Children is requesting Letters of Intent (LOI) for grant funding. After the review of all LOIs, selected organizations will be invited to submit a full application for further consideration.

Grants are awarded on an every other year basis.

Application Procedure:

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

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If you should have questions about the Foundation’s grant funding priorities or guidelines, please contact the Grants Chair at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: The Richmond area: the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, and Henrico

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