The Women United in Philanthropy (WUP) is thrilled to announce the grant award winners for 2023. A total of $50,000 was awarded in grant money to four nonprofit organizations that support women and children in the community. Due to a tie, the WUP awarded three $15,000 grants & one $5,000 grant instead of two $20,000 grants & one $5,000 grant.
Three winners of $15,000 grant:
100 Black Men of Central Virginia – Fire & Ice Literacy Programming and High School Scholarships
100 Black Men of Central Virginia (100BMOCV) advocates for the elimination of the achievement gap of African American males in grades K – 12. They are being considered for a $20,000 grant to fund two initiatives. First, 100BMOCV would use the grant to continue and expand their Fire & Ice Literacy Program by providing individualized instruction to help rising 5th Grade students through graduating Seniors improve their reading comprehension and writing skills throughout the year. The literacy program will also focus on the development of a book club where the students can engage with literature and develop a love for reading. Through this programming, they aim to increase literacy skills, promote academic success, and prepare students for college and career readiness. Second, they would use the grant to fund 10 additional $1,000 college scholarships to students who complete their program and achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA. The intended beneficiaries of this grant are Black boys and young men from the City of Charlottesville and the surrounding counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange.
Child Health Partnership – Latina Moms Counseling Program
Child Health Partnership provides at-home support to families to promote the health and well-being of children and parents in our community. Through home visits, Registered Nurses provide health and developmental assessments, prenatal education and care, and referrals to health care providers. Family Support Specialists provide parenting training, assist with development screenings and applications for health insurance, and connect families to resources for food, housing, transportation, and other services. Child Health is being considered for a $20,000 grant to support a bilingual mental health counselor to work with Spanish-speaking moms with babies and children under age seven who need support for anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns. The Latina Moms Counseling Program will expand the support Child Health provides in order to address a critical need: additional support for Latina moms. This new program will serve Latina moms primarily in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, with consideration for families in Fluvanna and Louisa Counties if capacity allows.
Reclaimed Hope Initiative – Camp Hope
Reclaimed Hope Initiative (RHI) exists to strengthen and empower families navigating foster care, adoption, and children with disabilities. RHI is being considered for a $20,000 grant to help cover the direct costs of Camp Hope, their safe, inclusive summer camp experience for children ages 4-12, who are in foster care, adopted, and/or have disabilities. They serve children who are otherwise unable to participate in local camp offerings due to intensive behavioral needs, mental health diagnoses, intellectual disabilities, and trauma. Through Camp Hope, RHI provides the necessary care and structure for children with complex care needs to engage in enriching experiences and connect with peers. $15,000 of the grant would help cover the cost of the facility rental, therapy providers, sensory/adaptive tools, and safety supplies. $5,000 would be used for scholarships. These funds would allow an increase in camp space and camper resources, in addition to scholarships, which will allow an increase in the total number of children who attend camp, as well as increase equitable access to families with limited financial resources. RHI serves families in the city of Charlottesville, as well as Albemarle, Augusta, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson Counties.
Winner of $5,000 grant:
Girls on the Run Central Virginia and Blue Ridge – Financial Assistance
Girls on the Run (GOTR) inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. GOTR plays a critical role in building girls’ social-emotional competencies. The skills learned through their curriculum – such as how to manage emotions, establish boundaries, develop confidence, and resolve conflict – are skills that girls can use now and, in the future, to cope with life challenges. GOTR is being considered for a $5,000 grant to provide financial assistance to reduce and/or remove fees for their participants in underserved communities in the city of Charlottesville, as well as Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson Counties. By removing financial barriers, GOTR is able to reach a broad cross-section of these school communities to build a diverse and inclusive team of girls in grades 3-8, who then learn not only from the research-based curriculum but also from each other’s life experiences and perspectives. GOTR strives to remove financial barriers so that any girl wishing to participate may do so while still providing the same high-quality experience for all.
The Women United in Philanthropy (WUP) would also like to recognize our other finalists who are doing amazing work to strengthen our community.
- Charlottesville Community Bikes – Kids Bike Program
- Sexual Assault Resource Agency – Survivors’ Mental Health Support & Therapy
- Wildrock – Teacher Workday Camps
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