Fourteen organizations serving Richmond and North Richmond residents will share $600,000 in grants over the next fiscal year as part of a 10-year community benefits agreement with Chevron.
On Tuesday, Richmond City Council voted to approve funding 14 out of the 90 programs that applied for a portion of the Environmental and Community Investment Agreement (ECIA) grant, which is connected to the upcoming $1 billion Richmond Refinery Modernization Project.
As part of the ECIA, which includes a total of $90 million in investments that benefit Richmond and North Richmond residents, $6 million were set aside for nonprofits and community organizations focused on community, youth and youth sports.
The $6 million will be disbursed over 10 years. For fiscal year 2016-17, the city said it contacted 250 nonprofits, 150 faith based organizations and 20 youth based sports organizations about the grant opportunity. A five-member committee helped review the 90 applications.
Of the 14 programs selected for grants, eight will provide services for youth.
Michelle Grim, a health planner with LifeLong Medical Care, said her group plans to use its $60,000 grant to assist community members with health insurance enrollment, to improve rates of screening and early-detection for colon cancer, and for asthma management education.
On Tuesday, councilmembers requested that the next year’s grant application process be refined to ensure lesser established nonprofits can better compete for funding.
The full list of awardees for fiscal year 2016-17 follows:
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