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    When The Cameron Foundation began investigating proactive strategies to support schools in its region, a number of indicators pointed to Petersburg City Public Schools (PCPS) as having the greatest need. Petersburg lagged behind all other …

Cameron Foundation updates grant guidelines, hosts information workshops

The Cameron Foundation, a major funder for nonprofit organizations serving the Tri-Cities area, has published updates to its responsive grant guidelines. The changes take effect January 1, 2020, in advance of the Foundation’s next funding cycle.

“Cameron’s staff and Board periodically review the guidelines and make adjustments to keep step with the needs of our community,” explained The Cameron Foundation’s president, J. Todd Graham. Among the revisions this time, the Foundation has added a requirement that nonprofits applying for funding have local representation on their boards or advisory councils. The updates also include a guide for incremental step-down funding in cases where the Foundation has supported the same purpose or project for multiple years. Language was modified in other areas of the document to add clarification to the Foundation’s funding priorities and eligibility criteria.

Additionally, the Foundation is hosting information sessions on Tuesday, September 24, and Thursday, October 3, to discuss the revisions with prospective applicants.

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Renovations begin on Cameron initiative to create affordable artist live-work space, studios and creative spaces in Petersburg

The Cameron Foundation celebrated the groundbreaking of a new development in Petersburg on July 12, 2019, following more than five years of study and predevelopment work to create affordable artist live-work space. The initiative is a key component of a much larger, 226-unit, $57 million investment, ArtistSpace Loft Apartments, which is being undertaken by 110 South Perry, LLC. In addition to efficiency, 1- and 2-bedroom units, the project includes a four-story atrium, artist live-work spaces, art galleries, studios, and state-of-the-art amenities. The full endeavor is one of the largest economic development initiatives in downtown Petersburg in recent years.

“This groundbreaking is an important milestone in Cameron’s efforts to bring affordable artist live-work units and creative placemaker spaces to this community,” noted The Cameron Foundation’s president, J. Todd Graham. The artist components of the project result from a national model developed by Artspace Projects, Inc., the nation’s leading nonprofit developer for the arts. ArtistSpace Loft Apartments represents a unique partnership between the for-profit developer 110 South Perry, LLC and the nonprofit community.

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Cameron Foundation approves nearly $1.3 million in grant awards

The Cameron Foundation has approved $1,297,896 in new grant awards to benefit residents of the Tri-Cities area. “While we continue to partner with many of the regionally serving nonprofits, such as Virginia’s Gateway Region and Central Virginia Health Services, The Cameron Foundation also had the opportunity to support some smaller, significant community-based efforts this time,” said The Cameron Foundation’s Board Chair Pam Martin Comstock.

Among new grantees this cycle, the Jessica Ann Moore Foundation received $8,580 for its operations in Sussex County, and The Southside High School Alumni Association was awarded $4,000 to purchase a portable sound system and to support events as part of its Continuing the History and Legacy of African American Education in Dinwiddie County project.

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