2021 Grant Awardees

Suffolk Foundation Awards $160,600

December 08, 2021

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For Release on December 08, 2021

On December 7, 2021, the Suffolk Foundation made its Annual Grant Distributions at Cedar Point Country Club. This year the Foundation was able to disburse $160,600 to thirty-five (35) different nonprofit agencies. Since the Foundation received its 501 (c) (3) nonprofit community foundation status in October 2007, it has awarded over $6,800,000 in unrestricted and donor-advised grants and scholarships. The Foundation funded agencies seeking support in the following areas: Cultural Arts, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Need. As the invested funds continue to grow, the Board anticipates being able to support more agencies, and a diversity of needs, with more funds.

The 2021 SUFFOLK FOUNDATION grant recipients were:

  1. Airfield 4-H Conference Center ($2,000) – will support scholarships for Suffolk 9th and 10th graders to attend environmental academy.
  2. American Red Cross of Coastal Virginia ($5,000) – will support direct disaster services (food, shelter, clothing, medications, etc.) to those affected by home fires and other disasters in Suffolk. Fully-funded
  3. Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia ($3,500) – will support DIY STEM and Career Launch programming for Suffolk students.
  4. Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters ($10,000) – will support the CHKD Child Advocacy Center by providing medical, mental health, and forensic services to children suspected of being abused and neglected. Fully-funded
  5. Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters ($5,000) – (2nd of 5-year grant commitment totaling $25,000) – will support the construction of CHKD’s new pediatric mental health hospital. Fully-funded
  6. Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads ($1,000) – will support dropout prevention services at King’s Fork Middle School.
  7. Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore ($5,000) – will help support the Backpack Program for Suffolk and Western Tidewater elementary and middle school students, providing food-insecure children with nutritious food on weekends and during school vacations.
  8. ForKids ($7,500) – will provide program materials, supplies and transportation for Children’s Education Program for students in Western Tidewater experiencing homelessness. Fully-funded
  9. Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast ($5,000) – will support STEM programming for Suffolk K-12 girls.
  10. Girls on the Run Hampton Roads ($3,000) – will provide athletic sneakers for girls in low-income groups to allow participation in running program. Fully-funded
  11. Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond (The Doorways) ($3,000) – will support the Patient and Family Access Program serving Suffolk area residents who stay at the Doorways while accessing medical care. Fully-funded
  12. Nansemond River Preservation Alliance ($10,000) – will support The Nansemond Watershed Initiative: Connecting the Classroom with the Environment program for 3rd and 7th graders (funded by grants from the Richard F. III and Carolyn Barry Donor Advised Fund & the Dwight and Jane Schaubach Donor Advised Fund). Fully-funded
  13. Nansemond-Suffolk Academy ($5,000) – will support the Lower School Guided Reading Program. Fully-funded
  14. Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation ($4,000) – will support the startup of the Emergency Management Services-Paramedic program at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
  15. Riddick’s Folly ($3,000) – will support history programs and educational opportunities for the Suffolk community.
  16. Ronald McDonald House Charities ($2,500) – will support night stays for Western Tidewater families of hospitalized children. Fully-funded
  17. Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia ($5,000) – will support the I-Ride Transportation program, providing access to medical care by providing transportation to medical appointments for Suffolk and Western Tidewater senior citizens and adults with disabilities.
  18. Suffolk Art League ($2,700) – will fund visiting artist workshops in Suffolk schools, as well as professional development workshops for Suffolk art teachers. Fully-funded
  19. Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts ($8,000) – will support art education classes and workshops. Fully-funded
  20. Suffolk Cheer Fund ($2,500) – will provide toys to needy Suffolk children at Christmas. Fully-funded
  21. Suffolk Christian Fellowship Center ($3,000) – will support food assistance for food insecure communities in Suffolk and Western Tidewater.
  22. Suffolk Education Foundation ($1,400) – will provide funding for a mental wellness webinar series for Suffolk Public School students and parents. Fully-funded
  23. Suffolk Family YMCA ($5,000) – will help address Suffolk’s childcare crisis by assisting low-income children to attend the Before and After School program and summer camp program.
  24. Suffolk Meals on Wheels ($10,000) – will support funding for meals for need-based recipients in the underserved areas of Suffolk and Isle of Wight County. Fully-funded
  25. Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society ($2,500) – will support digitizing of historical records.
  26. Suffolk Youth Athletic Association ($5,000) – will support the construction of a soccer equipment storage building.
  27. The Genieve Shelter ($2,500) – will help support the Rapid Rehousing Program serving Suffolk area residents who are victims of domestic violence or human trafficking.
  28. The Links ($2,000) – will support free swim instruction and water safety classes for children in underserved communities in the Suffolk area.
  29. The Salvation Army, Suffolk Corps ($8,000) – will support basic needs programs and community center programs at the Robert Harrell Physical Health and Education Center.
  30. The Up Center ($2,500) – will support outpatient counseling services for individuals in Suffolk and the surrounding areas by providing trauma informed counseling, and mental health and substance use counseling services.
  31. Tidewater Arts Outreach ($500) – will help support arts outreach programs for older adults in Western Tidewater.
  32. Tidewater Friends of Foster Care ($2,500) – will help support tutoring programs for Suffolk foster youth.
  33. United Way of South Hampton Roads ($5,000) – will support the “LEAP” and “LAUNCH” summer school programs for at-risk Suffolk students, providing academic support, nutritious meals, healthcare screenings, physical fitness, and enrichment opportunities.
  34. Virginia Legal Aid Society ($5,000) – will support the Strengthening Families with Children program, which incorporates legal advice and representation to strengthen low-income families.
  35. Western Tidewater Free Clinic ($10,000) – will help provide dental care to Suffolk patients to improve their overall health, self-esteem, and employability.
  36. WHRO ($3,000) – will help support the First Book literacy program for Suffolk preK-12th graders.

35 Grantees, 36 Grants
Total Unrestricted Funds Awarded $150,600
Total Donor Advised / Designated Funds Awarded $10,000
Grants Total $160,600