Promoting Safety for All
Safety is essential for a healthy community. In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in mental health challenges, as well as an uptick in community violence and associated trauma. Both disproportionately affect people of color. As an organization committed to fostering an equitable and healthy Richmond region, RMHF is committed to promoting community safety and healing. Our Community Healing grants support individual nonprofit organizations, or collective action through collaborations, that address community violence through intervention, prevention, and/or healing initiatives.
“To promote safety, the increase in community violence and the trauma it causes - particularly as experienced by communities of color - must be addressed so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive.”
– Courtney Rice, Chief of Strategy and Impact
Preventing Violence, Fostering Healing
Reducing violence and increasing community healing efforts is necessary for an equitable and healthy region. Community Healing grants allow us to strengthen collective action efforts and organizations doing the important work of improving behavioral health services, reducing or preventing community violence, and fostering community healing for those most impacted by these issues.
We encourage mission-aligned 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to apply for these grants, individually or as a lead organization of a collaboration. The grants, which will be awarded on a rolling basis (with discrete timelines), range from $15,000 – $25,000 for individual organizations and $25,000 – $50,000 for a lead organization with collaborative partnerships.
*Due to the high volume of applications received from the second round of the Community Healing RFP, the third-round has been postponed, pending a decision about available third-round funding. We will provide an update as soon as more information becomes available.
The ranges for the first round of funding are as follows:
- $15,000 – $25,000 for individual organizations, and
- $25,000 – $50,000 for a lead organization with collaborative partnerships
Goals for this funding opportunity include:
- Reducing violence and increasing communal healing efforts for under-resourced communities by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of violence, otherwise known as social determinants of health.
- Strengthening collaboration among community members, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies to support collective action efforts in preventing violence and promoting healing in underserved communities.
- Supporting a broad spectrum of work to include a continuum of efforts from violence prevention and intervention programs to policy and advocacy actions.
- Strengthening the organizational infrastructure of organizations that improve behavioral health services, reduce/prevent community violence and foster community healing.
501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply individually or as a lead organization of a collaboration. Collaborative partnerships can include, but are not limited to, nonprofit organizations, community members, community groups and/or governmental agencies.
Nonprofit organizations must be located and provide services in the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan and/or the City of Richmond to be eligible.
Curious about the types of grants we’ve provided in the past?
See our History of Grantmaking page.