Community Focus Funding

We want to partner with organizations working to make the Richmond region the best place for children to learn, grow and thrive.

Applications to apply for June consideration are accepted between February 1 and March 1 at 5pm.

Applications to apply for September consideration are accepted between May 1 and June 1 at 5pm.

 To access the application, click here

If your organization is working to provide transformative educational opportunities for students in our community, we want to hear your ideas.


Robins Foundation will support organizations and projects for children ages 0-18, and their parents/caregivers to ensure children are prepared for kindergarten, are engaged in school, thrive academically, and graduate on time with the necessary skills and opportunities for success.  Examples are proposals which:

  • Improve access to and quality of early care and education, including the engagement of and support to parents and caregivers of young children.
  • Increase access to accredited, after-school, summer and enrichment programs for children and youth.
  • Promote children’s success during critical transition periods, including Pre-K to K, elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, and high school to post-secondary.
  • Build skills to attain quality jobs and bridge the gap between the transitions from high school to career.
  • Develop methods for sustainable expansion of dual generation improvement; providing post-secondary skills training and job opportunities for parents, caregivers and young adults from emerging neighborhoods in South Richmond, East End, Northside while expanding on the developmental successes of their children.


Register your organization with our grants management system, SmartSimple.  The application will be available online only. If you have any questions about our Community Focus grant cycle, please contact


Please review our grant terms here: Robins Foundation Grant Terms

We believe that the stronger a nonprofit’s operations—its internal structures, processes and leadership teams—the more it will be able to execute its mission, serve its constituencies and impact the community.

Over the past two years, we’ve undertaken a comprehensive assessment of the community’s needs and how the Robins Foundation can best bring about lasting solutions to our region’s many challenges. While that assessment has led to a refined mission for us, we are committed to continuing to listen, learn, engage with and support Greater Richmond. In addition to supporting education-based initiatives along the continuum, that support includes opportunities to work directly with organizations to create their longer-term visions—plans that will break through the status quo and lead to meaningful transformation.

Strong Nonprofits

We’ve worked for years with our grantees on enhancing the leadership, management and scope of their operations. Moving forward, the Robins Foundation Board of Directors has affirmed the Foundation’s desire to continue funding projects that focus on capacity building, that strengthen non-profits from within.

Our commitment to Strong Nonprofits as a funding priority means we will explore, study and support both formal and informal ways for local nonprofits to thrive. While our focus may shift over time, our grant-making process will enhance the areas that are most critical to nonprofit success. At Robins, we call them the “Fab Five:” governance; management; program; relationship building and finance. Because strong, thriving partners are at the core of the work of the Robins Foundation,  our grant application emphasizes these core operating principles, and we plan to provide the support necessary to strengthen these areas in particular. We believe this type of funding focus will impact this community as much or more than programmatic support and contributions.

Governance – the core work of how boards and staffs work together to develop and align mission and services, fiduciary responsibilities and strategic structures for policy and decision making.

Management – leadership vision and team staff who carry out the vision, mission, strategy and the day-to-day operations and processes for implementing board policy.

Program – the essential and defining work of the organization in furthering its mission, vision and goals.

Relationship Building – fundraising, development and collaboration to create active partnerships, advance the mission and provide funding necessary for carrying out the organization’s services and programs.

Finance – all fiscal aspects of the organization, including budgeting, forecasting and areas related to fiduciary responsibilities.

Grants made in this goal area will likely fit into one of the categories listed below. 

  • Operating Support.
  • Capacity Building Grants—strategic planning, business planning, sustainability planning, feasibility studies, staffing implementation, organization-building activities.
  • Technical Assistance Grants—technology implementation, databases, financial and measurement systems.
  • Cohort Programs that bring like organizations together to study organization strengthening and peer coaching as a group (three-year duration).
  • Events and activities that provide professional development and nonprofit strengthening opportunities to the sector as a whole, or components of it.
  • Mini-grants that provide resources on a year-round basis for coaching, continuing education, retreats and continued organizational improvements.