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Cameron announces over $2 million in June cycle for nonprofits serving Tri-Cities

The Cameron Foundation has made $2,066,337 in grants to support the work of 25 nonprofits operating in the Tri-Cities area of Virginia. The responsive grant awards, which resulted from a competitive application process, were approved by the Foundation’s Board at its June meeting. A second round of responsive grants will be decided in the fall.

Among the larger commitments made this round, a $555,000 award to YMCA of Greater Richmond provides continued support for youth development programs at the Chester branch, renewed funding for diabetes programming at the Petersburg branch, and multi-year support for the organization to make capital improvements to the Petersburg facility.

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Cameron and John Randolph foundations partner to assist Hopewell Food Pantry with relocation

The Cameron Foundation and John Randolph Foundation have partnered together to give a combined grant of $30,000 to Hopewell Food Pantry to help the organization move to a new, larger building at 903 W. City Point Road in Hopewell. Each foundation has committed matching funds of $15,000 towards the effort.

The pantry was asked to move out of its current location in the downtown Hopewell area earlier this year. The group turned what was at first a major problem into a major opportunity to accomplish one of its strategic goals — to find a larger space that will better serve more families in Hopewell.

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HistoriCorps to preserve Summerseat, explore local preservation school

HistoriCorps, a nationally recognized historic preservation organization based in Colorado, starts work this summer on a new project of local significance. Historic Summerseat, located in the Village of Ettrick and owned by Virginia State University (VSU), will undergo exterior preservation using a cadre of volunteers and students over a six-week period. This field school will serve as a demonstration project for HistoriCorps and creates the opportunity for the organization to establish a local preservation program to serve other historic structures in the region. HistoriCorps’s work in the Tri-Cities area is being funded through a $130,797 grant from The Cameron Foundation.

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Cameron Foundation awards $100,000 planning grant to FOLAR

The Cameron Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved a proactive grant of $100,000 to the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) to undertake a master planning process that will guide the organization in linking and enhancing the parks and trails along the Appomattox River. The entire length of the lower 23 miles is designated a Virginia Scenic River.

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