Our Approach

Serving the community isn’t just about funding. It’s about time, energy and ideas. Our staff welcomes the opportunity to align and strengthen our community by learning how to best support our nonprofit partners and their activities and initiatives. We are delighted to meet with organizations attempting to improve the life of residents within the city of Richmond and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield and Henrico. We are available to answer your questions via email or by phone — see our staff listing for contact information.

Let’s have a conversation about community, together.

Our Program Areas


We are interested in children and their academic opportunities and success.

We 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. We think that investing in programs that enrich whole families and whole neighborhoods is a good idea.

Learn more about our Education grantmaking.


Our founders were innovative, creative, and hard-working community servants. We celebrate their legacy when we welcome opportunities to work directly with organizations to think bigger and think differently.

We will partner with people and organizations whose longer-term visions will break through the status quo and lead to meaningful transformation across our community. We believe that innovative solutions to community issues will create better futures for children throughout the Richmond region.

Learn more about our Innovation grantmaking.

Community Capacity

We believe that strong nonprofits make a strong Richmond region.

Building the resilience of people, neighborhoods and nonprofits is what we do. Whether it is funding leadership development or strategic planning, staffing, communications or general operating support, we know capacity funding can fundamentally enhance and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of people and organizations to strengthen the entire community.

Learn more about our Community Capacity grantmaking.

Director Initiated Grants

Each member of our Board of Directors can sponsor a limited number of grants to organizations 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.

What We Do Not Fund

  • 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 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

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 outside of our geographic reach.

If you are unsure whether or not you should apply, please contact the Grants Manager.

Robins Foundation provides an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Robins Foundation does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military — in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of Board members and grantees, and provision of services from vendors. The Foundation is committed to the work and partnerships that make Richmond a vibrant community in which to live, work and raise a family, where all its citizens have abundant opportunities to thrive. Any derogatory statements or actions made by individuals are in no way reflective of or supported by the Foundation.