New $500,000 Grant Opportunity Seeks Innovative, Cooperative Approaches to Addressing Richmond-Area Needs


I want to harness this amazing buzz in the community regarding the Lora M. and E. Claiborne, Sr. Innovation Grant.  THINK DIFFERENTLY!

Robins Foundation is challenging greater Richmond area nonprofits to devise creative and innovative solutions to our region’s most confounding issues. Nothing more, nothing less. We are hoping community organizations think big and bold. What would transform a family, a neighborhood, an emerging community? What difference can be made by Robins funding?

First, the grant is specifically for an innovation in a community priority area of need. This can be a fully fleshed out program about to launch, or a great IDEA or CONCEPT on how to solve a community issue. It can be a combined effort by two or three organizations coming together to collaborate. It can be one organization with one idea for change. It can be a start- up idea/ organization or it can be a long time, well-established nonprofit. We do want it to be a 501(c)3 organization, or you must prove you have a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)3 designation.  You cannot register on our system without a 501(c)3 designation.  Robins Foundation only writes checks to 501(c)3 organizations.  Click the link to register

Second, the grant is $500,000! This can be paid over three years, giving organizations time to plan the great big, bold idea in year one (and receive partial money) and then implement and receive final monies in year two and three. Or, it can be paid out by Robins in one lump sum if the proposal is ready to soar. It can be spent over time by the organization.

Third, the vetting process will be intense but supportive. Robins Foundation staff and board plan to be very involved in working with the finalists to hone their visions for change and to make sure applicants have what they need to proceed to implementation if selected as “the winner”.

Fourth, Robins Foundation board and staff will stay directly engaged with the selected winner throughout their implementation process. We will provide the same types of internal operational support, feedback and guidance we do all grantees. We want you to be as transformative and successful as you want to be!

We will host a few information sessions here in case there are more specific questions not addressed through our website FAQs. We won’t provide insight on your proposal ideas, but we will tell you how to apply! Reserve your spot and register today by emailing

I hope this adds more flavor to the weekend’s announcements. We are very, very excited about this challenge. I welcome your thoughts and look forward to reading your ideas for a better RVA.


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