WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Community Foundation presented grants totaling
$83,715 to 20 organizations at its Fall Grants Luncheon this week.
The Foundation’s competitive grants are made possible by local donors who have contributed to the Foundation’s community endowment funds and area of interest funds over several years and have grown over time. This year marks the first grant from the Peggy J. Swain Memorial Fund, which supports programs for low-income women and seniors.
The scholarships and recipients are as follows:
Community Endowment and Area of Interest Fund
Arts & Culture
Virginia Access ($5,000) — Virginia’s accessibility program, open captioning, and audio description will be provided at all Williamsburg player shows during the 2022-23 season.
I Am Me Initiative Foundation ($3,520) — will feature Disney’s The Lion King Jr., comprised of musical and theatrical performances by young people ages 5-17 as they take you on a journey through the Pride Lands.
Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra ($5,000) — The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks Concert Series will connect and educate the community. The five diverse full symphony concerts will feature six acclaimed guest artists, pre-concert lectures and masterclasses for local students.
Williamsburg Players ($1,000) — The Williamsburg players will provide theater tickets to underserved residents who otherwise couldn’t attend live shows. Made possible by an anonymous donor.
Children & Young adults
Take the Journey Enterprises ($4,400) — The Power of One program is an after-school program for at-risk youth at Berkeley Middle School that will include instruction in leadership, etiquette, and teamwork. Made possible by a donation from Larkin and Danny Schmidt.
Environment & Conservation
Williamsburg Area Botanical Garden ($3,295) — New educational signage will be developed and installed at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden to guide visitors through the different habitats and areas of the garden while educating them about the ecological importance of each habitat.
Community Health and Wellness
Child Development Resources, Inc. ($5,000) — CDR’s ‘Rookie Dads’ and ‘Rookie Moms’ courses are free 2-hour workshops, designed to prepare new parents and parents-to-be for the challenges ahead. Classes cover topics focused on how to care for a newborn.
Community of Faith Mission, Inc. ($5,000) — The COFM Homeless Winter Shelter provides bedding, hygiene items, personal protective equipment, new shoes, printed materials, electronics and office supplies for the check-in, transport and over-the-counter medications at venues.
Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center ($4,006) — Operation Mount Up is for veterans and active duty military, offering group horseback rides and individual and group ground-based activities to promote emotional, physical, cognitive, and social well-being.
Grove Christian Outreach Center ($5,000) — The Grove Grocery Program provides access to fresh, perishable groceries to our Grove neighbors who do not have reasonable or regular access to a grocery store due to proximity and lack of transportation.
Literacy for Life ($2,500) — This program aims to increase the number of volunteer tutors, learner attendance hours, teaching intensity and learner achievement goals. This grant will fund print advertisements to recruit new tutors. Grant funded by an anonymous donor.
Lackey Clinic ($5,000) — The Connected Care program enables patients to better control their hypertension or diabetes through remote monitors and a team of coaches, healthcare providers and counselors.
Williamsburg Mercy House ($5,000) — House of Mercy served 14,597 meals last year. This grant will make it possible to modernize the kitchen equipment in order to better meet the growing demand. Funded by the Holbach-Hill Memorial Fund.
Services for seniors
FREE Foundation ($3,600) — FREE of Williamsburg provides mobility equipment to low-income residents. This grant will cover the cost of high-demand items such as shower chairs, tub transfer benches, devices for people with hip fractures, and heavy-duty bariatric equipment.
Special Grant Opportunities
Virginia Postpartum Support ($5,000) — This grant will expand peer support services through the establishment of mother and baby support groups in English and Spanish and expand care coordination. Funded in partnership with the Williamsburg Fund for Women and Girls
Williamsburg United Methodist Church Respite ($1,394) — Purchase of two recliners and a rocking chair for seniors in the respite program. Funded in partnership with the Peggy J. Swain Memorial Fund
Benjamin R. Altshuler Memorial Fund — Transportation
The Greater Williamsburg Arch ($5,000) — Transportation enables our clients to seek meaningful employment and become reliable employees. Arc vans allow customers access to evening health, wellness, fitness and lifelong learning programs while providing caregivers with much-needed respite time.
Bacon Street Youth and Family Services ($5,000) — In our diverse and expansive service communities, the lack of reliable transportation creates a significant barrier for youth and families seeking mental health and addictions services. This grant will cover the transportation of clients.
BikeWalk Williamsburg ($5,000) — Bicycle Co-Op of Williamsburg provides refurbished bicycles to those in need of reliable transportation and promotes cycling through the distribution of free or low-cost bicycles. Local volunteers work together to solicit, repair and distribute bikes.
Faith in Action in the Williamsburg Area ($5,000) — Williamsburg Faith In Action provides door-to-door transportation for seniors 60 and older residing in the greater Williamsburg area. The service is offered free of charge to eligible seniors.
The luncheon was sponsored by Wilbanks, Smith and Thomas Asset Management. The Foundation generally awards competitive grants twice a year. For those interested in applying for a grant during the Spring 2023 funding, the application deadline is December 15 on the Williamsburg Community Foundation webpage.
The Williamsburg Community Foundation will also transition to a new grant application process. Check the website for information on its upcoming software training sessions. For any other questions, check the website.