Cameron Foundation pledges up to $1.15 million for Governor’s Commonwealth Connect Fund

The Cameron Foundation has committed up to $1,150,000 in funds to dramatically improve broadband access for residents of Dinwiddie and Sussex counties. The awards are being made to Governor Northam’s Commonwealth Connect Fund, which was announced Thursday, and are restricted solely for broadband construction in those two localities.

“This is a rare opportunity to work in partnership with the private sector as well as local, state and federal agencies to bring about transformational change in some of the rural communities we serve,” noted The Cameron Foundation’s President, J. Todd Graham. Learn more>>

Cameron Foundation awards $863,021 in October grant cycle

The Cameron Foundation has approved new funding totaling $863,021 for nonprofits serving the Tri-Cities area. The awards, which are directed to 25 organizations, support activities across all six of the Foundation’s funding interest areas, including health, human services, education, community and economic development, arts and culture, as well as historic preservation and conservation. Learn more>>

$1 million Cameron grant to FOLAR helps pave way for park, trail development for Dinwiddie, Chesterfield, Petersburg

Catalyzing the work of Friends of the Lower Appomattox River (FOLAR) to develop and expand the Appomattox River Trail, The Cameron Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved its first $1 million grant to the organization to develop the trail’s vital western entrance spanning Dinwiddie and Chesterfield counties and the City of Petersburg.

The award supports design development, pre-construction engineering, and construction of the Appomattox River Trail along the western corridor; planning and design of a brand-new bicycle-pedestrian bridge; and, the reimagining and renovation of the historic Ferndale Appomattox Riverside Park. The full area to be developed, from the John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area in Chesterfield County across the river to Dinwiddie, along the historic 1.4-mile Canal Trail and one mile of riverside trail east toward Petersburg, creates a destination-level, regional western entrance, and connection to the developing 25-mile Appomattox River Trail system.

To date, this new award brings The Cameron Foundation’s total commitment to FOLAR to $1,477,000. Learn more>>

Cameron Foundation approves $853,769 in June cycle grants, many focused on basic needs and underscoring food insecurity

The Cameron Foundation has approved $853,769 in new funding as a result of its June responsive grant cycle. The awards were directed to 22 nonprofit organizations and one local government. Among the grants this cycle, $266,430, or 31% of awards, were directed to human services programs. Four of the June grants specifically were focused on addressing food insecurity.

Cameron’s Grants Committee Chair, Jeff Geisz, noted, “It is unusual for us to make so many grants to organizations working on different aspects of the same issue.” Geisz further explained, “The fact that we reviewed so many requests in human services this time appears, to some extent, to be a reflection of the long-term impact that the pandemic has had on nonprofit safety nets serving this region.” Learn more>>