Grants to Address Structural Racism

In our conversations with diverse members in our community, we heard that an important part of healing was to provide opportunities to take action. People wanted funds available to advance work that addresses the deeper, more structural causes of exclusion and marginalization. Many people acknowledged that our community does not work the same for everyone and we have an important opportunity to take steps toward a more equitable community. To that end, the Heal Charlottesville Fund held a grant round to solicit proposals in three areas of work:

  1. Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Community Processes and Decision-Making
  2. Advancing Racial Equity
  3. Increasing Education, Awareness and History-Telling

The applications were reviewed by a nine-person committee comprised of community leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs. The committee made recommendations to the Foundation's Governing Board. Meet the Review Committee here.

Grant Recipients

The outpouring of generosity from our region, the University of Virginia alumni community, and individuals and businesses across the globe has enabled the Heal Charlottesville and Concert for Charlottesville funds to support 42 community initiatives. Together with an anonymous donor, these funds have provided support for the following:

Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Community Processes and Decision-making

  • African American Teaching Fellows: to increase the number of diverse teachers in the Charlottesville and Albemarle school systems
  • Creciendo Juntos: to support leadership development of Latinx residents
  • Eboni Bugg: to provide equity workshops and trainings for nonprofits and government groups
  • New Hill Development Association: to engage the Black community in planning for a micro-economy
  • Public Housing Association of Residents: to promote the voices of public-housing residents and support leadership development
  • Spread the Vote Piedmont: to expand voter access services

Advancing Racial Equity

  • Adorn Natural Hair & Beauty Studio: to expand natural hair care offerings for Black women
  • Albemarle Housing Improvement Program: to provide rehab services to minority homeowners
  • Beyond Fitness with Sabrina: to expand health and wellness programming for Black youth, women, and working families
  • Black Business Expo/WTJU: to feature and promote Black-owned businesses
  • Brave Souls on Fire: to provide culturally appropriate mental health support
  • Central Virginia Clinicians of Color Network: to support a collective of therapists of color
  • City of Promise: to expand economic opportunities for low-income adults
  • Charlottesville Community Resilience Fund: to support community members navigating the criminal justice system
  • Charlottesville Food Justice Network: to increase equitable access to food
  • Community Roots Co-op: to provide culturally appropriate educational opportunities for minority students
  • Cordell Fortune: to promote Black-owned businesses
  • Culinary Concepts AB: to support a youth development program in the culinary arts
  • Fifeville Neighborhood Association: to develop neighborhood green spaces
  • Fountain Fund: to provide low interest micro-loans to returning citizens
  • Heritage United Builders: to support economic opportunities in the construction industry
  • Lending Hands: to provide reentry services to returning citizens in the Charlottesville area
  • Prende Pants: to bring awareness to racial disparities in birth outcomes
  • Resilience Education: to develop a web-based platform that connects returning citizens with people and resources
  • Sin Barreras: to connect Latinx residents to community resources

Increasing Education, Awareness, and History-Telling

  • B. F. Yancey Transition Advisory Committee: to tell the story of enslaved people in southern Albemarle County
  • Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies/Citizen Justice Initiative at the University of Virginia: to support a storytelling project entitled "If These Walls Could Talk: Bringing Community Policing Narratives to Life"
  • Ézé Amos: to highlight the experiences of the residents of the Vinegar Hill neighborhood that was destroyed during urban renewal
  • First Baptist Church: to support a historic landmark and community programs
  • Jefferson School African American Heritage Center: to support the 1966 Project to share stories of desegregation
  • Jefferson School African American Heritage Center/ Pilgrimage to Equal Justice Initiative: to memorialize John Henry James’ lynching in Charlottesville and support the July 2018 Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jordy Yager: to map the racially restrictive housing deeds throughout the City of Charlottesville
  • JuJu Seeds Media: to write, publish, and distribute children’s books about families of color
  • Kibiriti Majuto: to support the Unveil Cville gathering
  • The Love No Ego Foundation: to provide education about structural racism and its impacts
  • Maupintown Media: to produce the documentary film 3rd Street about the formally segregated 3rd Street box office at Charlottesville’s Paramount Theater
  • Ms. Tessa Community Care and Consulting: to provide workshops, classes, meetings, and social events for children of color to encourage positive self-image and self-confidence
  • One Shared Story: to assist people researching their African American genealogy
  • Sin Barreras: to share the history of migration in the United State since the 1950s and the current legal structure of immigration
  • Starseed Publishing: to develop children’s picture books of families of color
  • Trinity Episcopal Church: to provide a series of workshops to engage residents about local Black history
  • Vivian M. Feggans: to support a reading and writing retreat for Black women

Please Note: Italicized grant recipients will receive funding via the Community Investment Collaborative