Economic Prosperity

River Counties Community Foundation supports programs designed to increase economic prosperity in our area, including safe and affordable housing, effective workforce development and financial literacy programs. Underscoring the importance of these services is the cycle of poverty that impacts pockets of our region.

Our priority is to support systems and initiatives that empower individuals and families to secure stable housing, build skills and seek resources that help them achieve good health, successful educational outcomes and economic potential.

Our goals:

  • Residents have opportunities to access and maintain safe and affordable housing in thriving, sustainable communities.
  • Residents are able to build the knowledge, skills and resources they need to attain financial independence and pursue career opportunities.

Habitat for Humanity Middlesex

Recent Grants

Spring 2019

 The Middlesex Foundation – $50,000 to support planning and construction of a 16 or 24-unit, affordable Middlesex County apartment community for county teachers, sheriff deputies, and other county and agency personnel are serving the county’s citizens. Multi-year award $175,000 (2016-2019).


Middlesex Water Authority - $60,000 to provide connection fee assistance to low and moderate-income families that will allow their connection to clean sustainable drinking water and participation in the public drinking water system. Multi-year award (2016-2020).


County of Lancaster Department of Emergency Services - $5,000 providing CERT members with safety apparel and on-site materials affording our volunteers with visibility;  equipping them with tools and resources to achieve success, during any disaster - day or night.


Hands Across Middlesex Interfaith Outreach, Inc. - $10,000 supports the Emergency Home Repair Program which provides maintenance, improvements and emergency home repairs to physically and financially disadvantaged residents of Middlesex County.


Lancaster/Northumberland Interfaith Service Council - $7,500 to purchase materials for wheelchair ramps, shingles for roof repair or replacement, and other items needed to provide minor home repairs if health and safety are at risk.


VersAbility Resources - $7,500 to support employment, skill-building, and day support services for Lancaster, Middlesex, and Northumberland County residents with disabilities served by the Puller Center. 


Deltaville Community Association - $50,000 to restore the iconic circa 1948 Deltaville Ball Park.


Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity - $7,000 building materials and services for the construction of House # 21 on Gaskins Rd. in Weems, VA.


Bay Aging - $18,084 to support the continued operation of a second public transportation bus in Middlesex County in collaboration with the county for the fiscal year 2020.


Linking Hope and Help, Inc. – $6,000 to support The Link's Coaching Coordinator in the expansion of her work with clients.