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.

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).

This year, Robins will be taking a different approach with the Community Innovation Grant (CIG) grant application and process. There will not be a 2017 CIG cycle. Instead, we will focus our board and staff capacity towards the amazing projects and issues presented by the winners and finalists of the 2014, ’15 and ‘16 CIG competitions.  The proposals funded over the past three years are undeniable game changers – and they need and deserve more to get to the next level of community transformation. We believe true partnership means linking arms and collaborating more deeply on the barriers to success, together.  Our efforts will sharpen focus and provide additional support to ensure these CIG grantees receive the resources required to affect significant change on the critical issues plaguing our community.

We will take the 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!

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 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.