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CACF to Award $1 Million in Grants in Response to Aug. 12 Rally

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation is giving out a million dollars in grant funding to help fight racism. The money comes from the foundation's Heal Charlottesville and Concert for Charlottesville funds, and from an anonymous donor.

The Community Foundation received more than 100 applications and has decided to divide the $1 million among 42 individuals, businesses, and community leaders who will use the money to combat racial inequities and increase awareness of them.  Some of the grant recipients include the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program, which will provide rehab services to minority homeowners, and Trinity Episcopal Church, which will provide a series of workshops to engage residents about local black history.

African-American Teaching Fellows will also receive funds to increase the number of diverse teachers in the Charlottesville and Albemarle school systems.

"I hope that this is a really encouraging moment for our community that they really see investment in solutions and action toward making our community an inclusive one and a year from now,” said CACF president Brannan Gould. “We look forward to sharing out the stories of impact that these grants will have."

Over the last year, the foundation has given close to $400,000 to help those injured in the August 12 car attack and to support to local Jewish community organizations. This is the foundation's largest single round grant funding in its 50-year history.

The checks will officially be sent out to the recipients on Friday. See below for a full list of recipients from a press release by CACF.


Press Release from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation:

Charlottesville, VA – Today the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) announced it is awarding grants totaling $1 million to 42 individuals, organizations and business leaders from its Heal Charlottesville and Concert for Charlottesville Funds, and from an anonymous donor. The Funds were created in response to the terror and violence caused by a series of white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville last summer.

In March 2018, the Community Foundation solicited grant applications specifically focused on ways to address structural causes of racial inequities, biases and marginalization. More than 100 applications were submitted and reviewed by a nine-member committee composed of diverse local community leaders and educators.

“For more than 50 years, the Community Foundation has made investments to improve the lives of our neighbors who live and work in the region,” said Brennan Gould, President and CEO, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. “After the violence of last August and witnessing the hurt left in its aftermath, we knew more had to be done. In addition to ensuring there is financial assistance for survivors as they recover, the Community Foundation is investing in solutions to address the longstanding racial inequities that have impacts on our whole community today.”

Throughout the past year, the Community Foundation has taken a multifaceted and responsive approach to deploying the grant funding from the Heal Charlottesville, Concert for Charlottesville, and Unity Cville Funds. Support has included financial assistance for those injured in the August 12th car attack that claimed the life of Heather Heyer, grants to nonprofit organizations for trauma counseling services, and support to local Jewish community organizations. The grant round focused on addressing structures of exclusion that result in racial disparities.

The Heal Charlottesville Fund grant guidelines asked applicants to focus their efforts in three areas:

1) Increasing diversity and inclusion in community processes and decision-making;

2) Advancing racial equity; and

3) Increasing education, awareness and history-telling.

“Last August was an extremely challenging time in the modern history of Charlottesville,” said Jay Kessler, Board Chair, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation. “At the Community Foundation, we saw this as an opportunity to face those challenges head-on by creating new partnerships and investing in communities that are often marginalized.”

With the generous financial support of individual donors, University of Virginia alumni, and corporate partners such as the CFA Institute, JP Morgan Chase, Walmart Foundation and Wells Fargo, the Community Foundation provided grants to a wide range of projects, including those designed to highlight the resilience of people of color, bolster economic opportunity for minority-owned small businesses, and increase diversity in teaching and mental health service professions.

See attached list and summary of the Heal Charlottesville Fund grant recipients. To see a full list of contributors to the Heal Charlottesville and Concert for Charlottesville Funds, visit www.cacfonline.org/heal_charlottesville.

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