Thursday, February 29, 2024

What the heck is Town-N-Gown? One thing, there’s money involved

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(WYDaily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

Each spring Town-N-Gown awards funding to deserving organizations or projects affiliated with Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

Any school, college, department, or organizational unit, including student organizations, activities, and sports teams, affiliated with or sponsored by Old Dominion University are welcome to submit a grant request for any amount up to $4,000.

The deadline is April 15.

Decisions will be made by June 10 and funding will be available to the selected applicants approximately July 1.

Projects that impact the quality of life and well-being of ODU students, faculty, and staff or enhance the academic standing, research capability, or national profile of the university are eligible to receive funding. In evaluating each grant request, the organization will consider tangible and intangible factors including:

  • Merits of the project;
  • Potential influence on the quality of life for university students, faculty, and staff;
  • The number and merit of competing requests; and
  • Availability of funds in the award cycle.

Town-N-Gown is an independent association dedicated to developing a mutual understanding between Old Dominion University and the civilian and military communities of greater Hampton Roads.

To request an application, contact Cecelia Tucker at

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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