New Grants Announced!


River Counties Community Foundation (“RCCF”) awarded over $440,000 in competitive grants in 2016. “Thanks to the foresight and generosity of donors past and present, RCCF is able to increasingly respond to changing needs and be proactive in seeking new opportunities through its grantmaking,” said Margaret Nost, Regional Director.  “We are at a point in the foundation where we are seeing the rewards of seeds – endowment funds – planted long ago that now provide strong grantmaking today.  That is a legacy we are here to build in perpetuity.”

An affiliate of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, RCCF supports the work of nonprofits in Lancaster, Middlesex, and Northumberland counties. While RCCF has made great strides in funding many of the needs of the local nonprofit community, requests for support continue to outpace funding by almost two to one.   “Acknowledging a void between funds available and requests for support, the foundation launched Together.Stronger., an annual fund raising campaign that reaches out to the broader community for help in closing this gap. Building unrestricted assets is essential to our ability to be flexible and responsive to unmet and changing needs here at home,” said RCCF Board Chair Susan Pittman

Nearly half of all competitive grantmaking in 2016 focused on economic prosperity, including access to and maintenance of safe and affordable housing, pathways to self-sufficiency, and access to career opportunities.  Major investments in this sector included transportation through expanded Bay Transit services in Middlesex County and an increased capacity for VersAbility Resources, serving working adults with special needs in the region. 

Believing that educational success is important for all residents, RCCF invested over $90,000 in early childhood education and school readiness, supportive school environments, out-of-school enrichment, and youth workforce programming.   The River Counties Youth Fund, one of several funds that contribute to the competitive grants, supported Summer Slam Camp at Dream Fields in partnership with the Northern Neck YMCA and VCU, and CareerLaunch and Money Matters programming through the Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck.

Over $140,000 was focused on ensuring residents have access to preventative services and quality health care.  Support to Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck provided expanded outreach in Northumberland and Lancaster counties, and funding to the Northern Neck-Middlesex Free Health Clinic focused on access to dental health services throughout the three-county region.

RCCF also supports non-profits that provide access to and appreciation for arts and cultural opportunities.  Grants to Rappahannock Art League and Arts in the Middle included strategies for increased exposure to diverse audiences through targeted outreach.

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