Supporting a vibrant mix of activities throughout our region
The following are just a few examples of how Enriching Communities grants are helping to improve the quality of life in Charlottesville area.
The center increases awareness and understanding of African-Americans’ contributions to local and national history for their roughly 2,500 annual visitors and program participants.
Two grants totaling $20,000 supported films, lectures, exhibitions and K-12 programs at the center, along with community programs that included art exhibits, the Maupintown Film Festival, a lecture series and tours of its permanent exhibition.
Two grants totaling $20,000 helped Sin Barreras hire a full-time staff member who increased the agency’s ability to meet increased demand for its services, which focus on outreach to the immigrant (primarily Hispanic) community, connecting individuals to services related to health, immigration, legal affairs, banking and education.
The new position at Sin Barreras helps address community priorities such as adolescent immigrant legal issues and Hispanic community health needs. This support directly benefited about 400 individuals.See More Partner Stories
A 2016 grant of $10,000 supported the Food Bank’s Farm Fresh Program, which purchases and distributes fresh, Virginia-grown produce to clients served by their partner agencies and Mobile Food Pantry sites throughout the area. The program helps feed 114,400 people a month.
Through the Farm Fresh Program, more than 90,900 pounds of fresh produce were purchased and distributed in 2016. This CACF grant also helped the Food Bank meet a $25,000 matching grant from Farm Credit of the Virginias, which provided funds for an additional 227,273 pounds of Virginia-grown produce.
This Nelson County-based center rescues, rehabilitates and releases orphaned and injured wildlife from Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson, Green, Madison and Augusta counties, as well as the City of Charlottesville. An influx of wildlife to the sanctuary (746 animals were helped in 2016) required more vaccinated staff. An $8,297.50 grant covered vaccination costs for new staff, interns and volunteers for two years. The vaccinations are pre-exposure rabies vaccines that are required by law for anyone handling wild animals.