Foundation awards grants
The Suffolk Foundation awarded a total of $141,300 to 32 nonprofit organizations during its annual grant distribution on Wednesday at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.
Funding was given to agencies seeking support for cultural arts, education, environment, health and human need.
“The reason we are all here is to get money, and it’s great, because I get to give it away,” said Executive Director Win Winslow. “All areas are represented here, and all the work you do is truly appreciated.”
All of the grants will provide funding that has the ability to directly impact Suffolk and its citizens.
According to a press release, the Suffolk Foundation’s board anticipates being able to support more agencies and a diversity of needs with more funds, because their invested fund has continued to grow.
The organizations that received grants, the amounts of the grants and the program or projects supported by the grant are listed below.
- Access College Foundation, $5,000 — operating support for the ACCESS program
- American Red Cross of Coastal Virginia, $5,000 — support disaster services
- Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Virginia, $3,500 — support a school year tutoring program
- Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, $7,500 — support CHKD’s Child Abuse Program
- Coalition Against Poverty in Suffolk, $7,500 — support eviction prevention
- Edmarc, $2,000 — support the Support Services Program
- Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, $5,000 — support the Backpack Program
- ForKids, $7,500 — provide critical education services for homeless students
- Friends of the Suffolk Library, $1,800 — support a media art program for low-income and at-risk youth
- Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, $5,000 — support STEM programming for girls
- Girls on the Run of Hampton Roads, $2,500 — support a health and wellness program for girls
- Nansemond River Preservation Alliance, $10,000 — support the Nansemond Watershed Initiative Community and School Environmental Education Program
- Riddick’s Folly, $2,500 — support the House Museum’s education programs
- Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia, $5,000 — improve access to medical care by providing transportation to medical appointments
- SPARC, $1,000 — support a public art project to beautify the downtown arts district
- Special Olympics Area 29 Suffolk, $2,000 — assist in funding the cost incurred for major events
- St. Mary’s Home, $2,000 — support the purchase and installation of a nurse call system
- Suffolk Art League, $2,000 — assist funding professional visiting artist workshops
- Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, $8,000 — support the SCCA’s student matinees, Artists in Schools program and youth art education initiatives
- Suffolk Literacy Council, $4,000 — support the Tutor Recruitment and Retention Project
- Suffolk Meals on Wheels, $8,500 — support funding for meals
- Suffolk Sister Cities International, $1,000 — support the costs for Suffolk youth to attend the Sister Cities International Youth Leadership Summit
- The Children’s Center, $2,000 — support the purchase of CPR/first aid training materials for staff and parents
- The Doorways, $3,000 — support the Patient and Family Access Program
- The Links, $2,000 — support scholarships for free swim instruction and water safety classes for children in underserved communities
- The Salvation Army Suffolk Corps, $7,500 — support the basic needs programs and community center programs
- The Suffolk Cheer Fund, $2,500 — provide toys to needy Suffolk children at Christmas
- The Up Center, $2,500 — support outpatient counseling services for 468 individuals by providing Trauma Informed Care services
- United Way/United for Children, $7,500 — support the Suffolk Public Schools LEAP and LAUNCH summer school programs
- Virginia Legal Aid Society, $5,000 — support the Strengthening Families with Children program
- Virginia Symphony Orchestra, $3,000 — support the Young People’s Concert series for Suffolk Public Schools fifth-grade students
- Western Tidewater Free Clinic, $8,000 — provide dentures to 35 Suffolk patients to improve overall health, self-esteem and employability