About the Foundation & Grant Guidelines

About the Foundation
Memorial Foundation for Children

The Memorial Foundation for Children began in 1805 as the Female Humane Association. This home for Richmond orphans was organized and governed by a group of dedicated women. One of Virginia’s first charitable institutions, the organization was supported by political, social and religious leaders of Richmond.

To reflect the changing needs over the years, the organization was renamed the Memorial Home for Girls, then the Memorial Foundation and later the Memorial Foundation for Children, providing treatment for emotionally disturbed children. In 1970, the Foundation became solely a funding organization to assist other non-profit agencies in serving children in the Richmond area.

Today the Memorial Foundation for Children, still governed by a volunteer board comprised of women who are active in the community and knowledgeable about the needs of children, provides support for projects and activities to benefit children.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Memorial Foundation for Children is to provide funds that support organizations that improve lives of children in the Richmond Metropolitan Area.

Our Vision is that all children will reach their potential.

Funding Guidelines

The Memorial Foundation for Children awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Richmond Area that address significant issues within our major funding categories, Education and Health and Wellness of children from birth through the age of 21. The Richmond area is defined as the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, and Henrico.

Education Grants should engage children over a period of time in a series of interactions that culminate in improved knowledge or skill.  Preference will be given to schools, organizations and programs that support success in school and motivate children to thrive in life. We place emphasis on supporting programs that improve Early Childhood and K-12 Education.

Health and Wellness Grants are awarded to organizations that provide quality, meaningful medical care, physical and mental health services, and health education programs to benefit children.

Priority will be given to grants that:

  • demonstrate long-term impact
  • fund evidence-based programs that enhance educational experiences or promote optimal health
  • primarily serve children from low-income families (“low income” is defined as 200% of the federal poverty level)
  • are designed to achieve measurable results
  • provide support to organizations that collaborate to improve the lives of children living in poverty

Geographic Focus:
Generally, grants are made only to organizations located in the Richmond metropolitan area, which is defined as the City of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover and Henrico. However, funds are sometimes awarded to agencies outside the geographic region that provide special services for children from the Richmond area.

Types of Support:
The Foundation makes grants for specific programs or projects as well as general operating expenses.

Eligibility and Restrictions:

  • Grants are made to organizations that qualify under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and to qualifying government instrumentalities, such as public schools.
  • Requests for endowments, private foundations, private operating foundations, individuals, annual fund campaigns or fundraising expenses will not be considered.
  • Grants for individual camperships, field trips or event tickets are not funded, and generally, one-time event grants are not favored.
  • Grants for individual tuition or scholarships are not a funding priority.
  • Generally, requests for multi-year payments are not considered.
  • Grants are not typically made for “bricks and mortar” projects.
  • Grants are awarded on an every other year basis.

How to Apply:
Grant applications will open in early April. All grant applications must be received online by 5:00 p.m. May 31, or the next business day if the date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or federal holiday. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. During the online application process, applicants must complete and upload the budget form provided by the Foundation.

Click here to apply.

NOTE: If your organization is a government entity, such as a public school,
please click here to apply.

If you already have an account please log in here.

If your organization has not applied to the Memorial Foundation for
Children support since 2014, you must re-register as a new user.

Two copies of the application and the budget and one copy of all other attachments must be mailed and postmarked on the due date to the Foundation at the following address:

Grants Chair
Memorial Foundation for Children
P.O. Box 18488
Richmond, VA 23226

Application Review and Award Timeline:

June – September:  The grant process includes a review of the online application and an interview by a member of the Grants committee that typically includes a site visit.

October – November: The Grants Committee reviews all proposals, presents findings, and makes recommendations for funding to the Board.

Early December:  Applicants are notified in writing of decisions and grants are awarded and paid prior to December 31.  Awarded grant funds must be used the following January through December.

Organizations will be required to complete a detailed Grant Report Form by January 31 one year after receipt of the grant. We ask for information on the expenditure of funds and a thoughtful evaluation of the project. Failure to submit a grant report within the required time frame will preclude consideration for future grants.

Grant Awards:
Grants are awarded every other year.

Email: MFCRichmond@gmail.com

Michelle Thomson

Cicely Powell
Grants Chair