Types of Grants

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.

Ongoing Grant Opportunities

Mini Grants (up to $20,000). Mini grants are invitation only.  Organizations must meet with staff prior to being eligible. Grantees may receive a mini grant at any time, but no more than once per year, for small grants that strengthen a key capacity building or technology area of their organization (i.e. case development, staff coaching, marketing, board development, staff and/board strategic retreats, succession planning); bridge or transition funding due to mergers; or when other fast turn-around needs arise. Notification is immediate. 

Deadline Driven Grant Opportunities

Community Focus Area Grants (range $15,000-$50,000). Potential grantees seeking funding along the education continuum under our goals of Strong Nonprofits, Thriving People and Dynamic Community may apply once per year. Our deadlines for Focus Area grants are listed below; please pick the timing that suits your organization best. Grant application will be available one month before the submission deadline.

  • Submission deadline March, for notification in June
  • Submission deadline June, for notification in September/October

The Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant (up to $500,000). Our founders were among Richmond’s greatest innovators — professionally and philanthropically. To honor their legacy, we developed a special community challenge to spur social innovation and transformation in our community. We envision this to be one grant up to $500,000 (over a period of up to three years) to harness the catalytic power of partnership and to propel change.

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 all residents within the city of Richmond, the Tri-Cities* and the surrounding counties: Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan and 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 when it is in addition to the Greater Richmond area.  The Foundation rarely provides funding support to organizations with services that are solely/largely focused in the Tri-Cities.