The Suffolk Foundation’s Community Impact Grants Program supports qualifying nonprofit, charitable organizations that work to benefit the communities of Suffolk, Virginia, and Western Tidewater. We fund a broad range of local projects, including (but not limited to) health, education, arts and culture, historical programs, human needs and services, environmental and animal welfare, and youth and senior programs.


Nonprofit, public charities that are tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) are eligible to apply for a grant. The proposed project or program must serve residents of Suffolk and/or Western Tidewater.

Grants may be awarded in a wide range of categories, including:

  • Human Needs
  • Artistic, Historical, and Cultural Programs
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health

Priority is given to projects and programs that:

  1. Reach a broad section of the community, and/or that target needs that are not being served by other resources
  2. Improve the quality of life for families or neighborhoods
  3. Provide practical approaches for dealing with current pressing community problems
  4. Promote collaboration and resource-sharing among organizations
  5. Yield substantial benefits for the costs involved
  6. Meet demonstrable local capital needs
  7. Encourage matching gifts or added funding from other sources

Foundation grants and funds are not generally available for:

  1. Non-tax-exempt organizations
  2. Individuals
  3. Deficit financing
  4. Debt reduction
  5. Research
  6. Event-underwriting
  7. Religious purposes
  8. Seminar/conference registration or travel
  9. Annual fund drives
  10. Hospitals and similar health-care facilities
  11. National or international organizations or purposes
  12. Ongoing operating support, in particular administrative personnel costs
  13. Programs normally the responsibility of the government

Responsibilities of the Grantee

  • Upon notification of the grant award, grant recipients are required to sign and return a grant agreement in order to receive payment.
  • Grantees are strongly encouraged to make public announcements about the project and the grant, and to acknowledge the Suffolk Foundation as grantmaker in all communications concerning the project. We ask grantees to send us copies of such communications for our records.
  • We ask grantees to provide one or more photographs to us to illustrate the impact of the grant, to be used in our Annual Report and other publications.


Our grant application is open in the fall of each year, with awards announced in mid to late December for funding for the following calendar year. Final grant reports are due by January 15* on the year following funding.

Grant Application Opens: September 1
Grant Application Deadline: October 15
Grant Decisions Announced: Mid to Late December
Grant Agreements Mailed: Mid to Late December
Grant Payments Made: Immediately upon the Foundation’s receipt of signed grant agreement
Grant Award Period: January 1 – December 31
Final Grant Report Due: January 15* 

*The January final report is only required if the grantee does not apply for another grant the following fall, as our application form now includes questions for past grantees about grant results. A January report may also be required if the project is not concluded by the October 15 application deadline, or if grant funds are not expended by October 15. Grantees should contact the Suffolk Foundation staff with any questions about reporting requirements.

Click here to begin your application. (Application opens September 1.)

To discuss your proposal or learn more about our grants program, contact us:
757-923-9090 or