Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Williamsburg Community Foundation Awards Grants to 23 Nonprofits

The Williamsburg Community Foundation awarded grants to 23 local nonprofit organizations at a luncheon on March 1. (Courtesy of Williamsburg Community Foundation)

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Community Foundation (WCF) announced that 23 nonprofit organizations will receive a combined $88,278 in grants.

The grants were presented during the WCF Spring Awards Luncheon, which was held for the first time since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to recognizing the organizations for their work in the community, the luncheon was also a celebration of their resilience over the last two years.

“In March of 2020, our primary feeling was one of confusion and concern that we wouldn’t be able to handle the stresses placed on our community,” said Foundation President & CEO Nancy Sullivan in her opening remarks. “Those burdens were significant and overwhelming, but one thing that became clear was that the organizations and staff of our local nonprofits found new and innovative ways to conduct their work. While the pandemic is not over, I believe that our nonprofits are stronger because they adapted, they gathered their resources, and they fought back.”

Some of the nonprofit organizations that were awarded grants included: Opera In Williamsburg, Bacon Street Youth and Family Services and the Historic Virginia Land Conservancy.

The role of the WCF is to help connect people with organizations, help manage charitable funds, and provide grants as well as scholarships to groups and people who are in need of them.

The Foundation typically awards competitive grants twice a year. The next opportunity to apply for funding is for fall 2022, with a deadline of June 15. All application materials and guidelines can be found at WilliamsburgCommunityFoundation.org.

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