What We Fund

Our staff welcomes the opportunity to learn more about community activities and how to best support our nonprofit partners. We are delighted to meet with organizations and create dialogue and conversation. We are available to answer your questions via email or by phone – see our staff listing for contact information.

The Foundation will collaborate with neighborhoods, schools, nonprofits and peers to move our region past a tipping point where poverty prevention becomes the norm; and where every child is bolstered via a well-coordinated education system.

While we place most of our attention and support on the Education Continuum to strengthen this ecosystem, it is our intention to use equity, partnership and innovation perspectives in all of our philanthropic leadership and grant making activities.



Community Focus Grants (range $15,000-$50,000).


Applicants seeking funding along the education continuum may receive a Community Focus grant once per year. Our deadlines for applications are listed below; please pick the timing that suits your organization best. Grant application will be available one month before the submission deadline.

  • 2018 Submission deadline –  Thursday, March 1 at 5pm, for notification in June
  • 2018 Submission deadline – Friday, June 1 at 5pm, for notification in September

The Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant (up to $500,000). 

We are taking time to evaluate the impact of our partners to help determine next steps for our process and how to best prepare for CIG 2018.  We are open to feedback about the future and look forward to hearing your big ideas to solve big problems.  Keep us posted; and let’s  keep the dialogue open.

We can’t wait to learn new ways we can tackle community concerns together.  We’ll see you and CIG in 2018!

Strategic Partnerships

When an organization is ready for a specialized “deep dive” into business planning and organizational change, Robins Foundation funding provides multi-year support for organizational growth in critical operations areas: Governance, Management, Finance, Fundraising/Development (Relationship Building) and Program.

We believe that nonprofit organizations, in order to succeed, must be participating members of a strong community of leaders.  We will use a number of tools to support leadership development, collaboration and the strengthening of resources “from the inside out” of an organization.

Director Initiated Grant Opportunities

Each member of our Board of Directors has the opportunity to sponsor a limited number of grants to organizations that they consider deserving of support. These recommendations are strictly at the discretion of individual Board members. Organizations may not solicit Board members for these funds.

Additional Facts about Our Funding

Robins Foundation grants attempt to improve the life of residents within the city of Richmond and the surrounding counties: Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico,  Prince George*.

We do not make grants for:

  • Organizations other than 501 (c)(3) nonprofits
  • Individuals, private foundation churches or religious programs, fraternal, social or labor organizations
  • Political parties, candidates or lobbying activities
  • Travel funds for tours, exhibitions or trips by individuals or special interest groups
  • Local athletic/sports programs or equipment, courtesy advertising benefits, raffle tickets and other fundraising or special events
  • Scholarships, fellowships or sponsors for a particular cause
  • For-profit entities

In accordance with our grant making priorities, we generally do not fund:

  • Private schools
  • national health organizations with a focus on single disease
  • Projects outside our geographic reach*

If you are unsure whether or not you should apply, please feel free to contact Robins staff.

*Robins Foundation provides funding support to organizations serving the needs of youth within the Tri-Cities as a component of our strategic partnership with Petersburg.   The Foundation does not provide funding support to organizations with services that are focused in the Tri-Cities without an existing partnership within Petersburg Public Schools.

We look forward to providing you with new and exciting information as we continue to partner to make this community great!