During the 2015 Fall Grant Cycle, the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation awarded grants to the following nonprofit organizations:
Business Consortium for Arts Support
The Business Consortium for Arts Support works to promote, broaden, and strengthen business and foundation annual support for local arts and cultural organizations in South Hampton Roads. The BCAS serves as one of the region’s largest arts supporters and as a result, is in need of funding to assist in general operating expenses as the price of goods and services continue to rise. Funding will help keep the BCAS from absorbing these costs in the form of higher ticket prices, thereby keeping ticket prices more affordable for everyone and further expand the BCAS’s support and ensure that Portsmouth-specific arts groups will continue to receive grants.
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia collaborates with local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and churches to provide blanketed services throughout Hampton Roads to low-income individuals and families. This year, CCEVA has already served 1,302 Portsmouth residents and 492 Chesapeake residents, and looks to further expand their program. Funding will be used to subsidize care for CCEVA’s In-Home Respite clients in Portsmouth and Chesapeake, providing approximately 258 hours of subsidized care, affecting 25 clients.
Chesapeake Humane Society
Chesapeake Humane Society is looking to initiate two programs: a low-cost dental care program and a pet food pantry program. The dental care program is in response to seeing a high number of pets with poor oral health because their owners cannot afford the cost of a dental cleaning or tooth extractions, if required. Funding will go towards helping 25 pets receive the dental care they need and lower the cost to the pet owner to about $125 per dental cleaning. The pet food pantry program, on the other hand, will aim to provide temporary or on-going assistance with pet food to low-income families and individuals. Funding will help launch the program and aid in the purchase a storage shed, a vehicle for transport of food to the families, and marketing for the program.
The Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation
Reframe the Shame is a 30-45 minute theatrical performance based on the original writings of the students of The Governor’s School for the Arts taken from interviews with young people battling depression. With the help of EVMS and Norfolk State University, this project will help identify, raise awareness, and offer support in decreasing the stigma associated with depression among teens and those in their early twenties. Funding will help GSA meet the comprehensive budget needed for this project and provide information on this critical mental health issue.
Help and Emergency Response, Inc.
The H.E.R. Shelter is the main domestic violence resource for Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and North Suffolk, serving 42 women and children with over 13,000 nights of emergency shelter and 2,400 crisis calls each year. Since November 2013, the H.E.R. Shelter has been operating at 100% capacity each night. Now in its 30th year of operation, the H.E.R. Shelter is opening the first domestic violence shelter in Chesapeake as a way to provide more availability for emergency shelter. Opening the new shelter also means the H.E.R. Shelter is in need of new computers to help them better serve the community. Funding will go towards replacing the outdated, non-functioning computers currently being used by the Crisis Program staff. The new computers will provide a more efficient function of job duties and services to clients as well as mobility to meet and process clients at either location.
Horizons Hampton Roads
Horizons Hampton Roads operates as a full-day, six-week summer academic, cultural, and social enrichment program for low-income children, grades K-8 residing in Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. This program aims to provide long-term education gains through its remedial and developmental activities as students return each summer. Funding for 2016 will go directly towards swimming costs at the YMCA Portsmouth. The swimming programs at the Horizons site in Portsmouth will consist of approximately 2.5 hours of dedicated pool time and Red Cross swim instruction each day for 25 weekdays in June and July for about 120 children. This program will be taught with a safety first approach supplemented with teaching techniques that will develop skills and confidence in reducing the fear of water.
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Foundation
Now in its sixth season, the purpose of the ACCESS the ARTS program at the Sandler Center is to provide financial assistance to at-risk and underserved students in Title 1 schools by covering the costs of the current educational arts programs. The Sandler Center Foundation’s education program supplements the public schools’ limited funding by providing a cultural arts experience that follows the guidelines of Virginia’s Standards of Learning. Teachers receive study guides to be used prior to and after the performances at the Sandler Center. Funding will go towards covering the cost of tickets for about 500 students to see a matinee at the Sandler Center.
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Education activities continue to be at the forefront of The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s efforts. Student Art Start, a program for Portsmouth 4th grade students, is a newly established program for intellectually disabled children. This program, a staple of MOCA’s educational programs, starts in the classroom. Teachers receive materials created by MOCA’s education staff that correlate to the Virginia Standards of Learning. The materials are designed to be integrated into the existing curriculum and used as an introduction to the students’ field trip to the museum to view the exhibition. Funding will be used to reimburse the schools for the cost transportation from Portsmouth to the museum in Virginia Beach.