Since our inception in 2009, Impact 100 Richmond has invested $1.4 million in our local nonprofit community, targeting high-impact projects aimed at improving the lives of area families. We partner with with the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond to facilitate a grant process that fulfills our goal of supporting transformational change for our community.
While the financial investment of our members demonstrates our external impact, internally, our members learn more about the needs of our communities through educational programs and a volunteer-led grants review process. We receive grant proposals by mid-February and select grant recipients in May.
New for 2018-19! $25,0000 Neighborhood Catalyst Grant
This year we are launching a new, place-based grant. The Neighborhood Catalyst Grant represents a four-year investment in one Richmond city neighborhood. Members who were eligible to vote at the 2018 Big Give and new members who have made a pledge can vote on one neighborhood that Impact 100 will invest $25,000 each year, across four years.
All active members may vote for one of these five neighborhoods:
Barton Heights: Once a thriving “suburb” of the city, this neighborhood has reconnected with downtown and is celebrating its historic roots. Many families have historic homes here and want to preserve its history and stability for years to come.
Blackwell/Manchester: Located south of the city, this neighborhood is now home to several corporate headquarters, a growing “main street” feel and a diverse residential community. Anchor organizations such as Thriving Cities Group, Dogtown Dance Theatre and Brewer’s Cafe are part of this area’s renaissance.
Greater Fulton: Becoming known for its resilience, this neighborhood was impacted by significant flood damage and poorly executed housing programs. Greater Fulton is seeing the results of its efforts to reduce crime, increase home ownership and spark economic development.
Highland Park: A neighborhood known for its growing business corridor and rich community engagement efforts, Highland park is home to several neighborhood restaurants and nonprofits plus a strong merchant community.
Jeff-Davis Corridor: This neighborhood is an industrial section of the city with many residents and is benefiting from recent investment from the city and the county. Over the past few years, resources have gone into renovating the single-family homes and surrounding communities along the strip. Additionally, the retail and small business community is growing and bringing new energy. Creative businesses such as those at Clopton Siteworks are bringing investment and interest to the area.
Learn more about these five neighborhoods on our Resources page or attend the information session at 6:00 PM on November 14 at Ellwood's Cafe at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. ICA parking ($2/hr) is available via Grace Street in the QQ lot. The museum also is nestled between two Pulse stops.
You also can talk to the Catalyst Grant Committee by emailing Carol Anne Lajoie with the subject line “Neighborhood Catalyst Grant.”
A link to the online voting ballot was emailed to all members on November 2. The voting deadline is midnight December 1st. The selected neighborhood will be announced on January 29 at the Big Learn, by email and on social media.
Our $100,000 Grant Criteria
We fund nonprofit projects that:
We award transformational grants in these five focus areas:
Arts and Culture: Projects that develop and enrich the community and/or the lives of women, children and families through the expressive arts or enhanced cultural opportunities.
Education: Projects that further the educational process or improve access to education for children and/or adults.
Environment & Sustainability: Projects that restore, preserve, revitalize or enhance physical or natural surroundings, including indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and other buildings or structures.
Family: Projects that strengthen and enhance the lives of children and families
Health & Wellness: Projects that improve the mental and/or physical well-being of people.