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How Richmonders can give or received during this pandemic

How Richmonders can give or received during this pandemic

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Kelli Lieder watches Tom Pyle load food in the back of a truck during the New Hope Church drive-in pantry Tuesday, March 31, 2020. After the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing order, the program was turned into a drive-in to serve their 100 families.

Perhaps one of the emails or voicemails journalists have received most in the middle of this pandemic is “how can we help?" Or, "how do we get help?"

With unemployment rates skyrocketing and vulnerabilities amplified, the needs are great, but for many, it’s difficult to know how to help, especially with stay-at-home orders.

So The Times-Dispatch is compiling a list of ways to support fellow Richmonders throughout the coronavirus, including efforts to fight hunger, support restaurants  the arts and small businesses and communities. Some also include applications for assistance.

By no means is this an exhaustive list. As you see more opportunities to help Richmonders experiencing difficult times, email us at The list will be updated as more funds pop up.

Within these stories of grief and loss of normalcy, communities continue turning to each other to give back however they can. Kindness is here to stay.

Save the Arts

Virginia Cares Emergency Relief Grant

Virginia Commission for the Arts, along with the National Endowment for the Arts, established one-time grants for non-profit arts organizations to help with salary supports, artist fees and rent and utility costs for facilities while federal relief arrives. Awards given depend on an organization’s budget, with major ones such as Richmond Ballet or Visual Arts Center of Richmond, receiving $5,000. Applications are due May 8.

Artist Relief 

In Cycle 2 of Artist Relief, the fund will help 100 practicing artists per week with a $5,000 grant for financial emergencies. Applications due May 21.

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund 

Arts Administrators of Color Network set up a fund focused on supporting any U.S.-based Black, Indigenous, People of Color artists and staff with a $200 per person grant.

Arts and Culture Relief Fund 

Administered by CultureWorks, an arts organization serving the Richmond and Tri-Cities region, the relief fund is providing financial assistance - a one-time $500 grant - to artists who’ve lost income, with a priority on underrepresented populations

Restaurant relief funds

Richmond Restaurant Workers Support Fund

A coalition of local restaurant owners collecting and sharing money and resources for the local restaurant industry workers.

The Holli Fund

Financial grants to food and beverage employees experiencing economic crisis through injury, illness, or loss of wages due to coronavirus restrictions and other emergencies. The Holli Fund honors the late Hollister Lindley, a local food writer who lost her battle with ALS in 2017.

Affected industry personnel apply for grants through the website, Currently, grants provide $750 for things like rent, utilities, car repairs and other bills. Donations can be made to The Holli Fund website anytime.

Keep Calm and Nom Nom

A website encouraging diners to buy gift cards to local restaurants to use later. The site includes links and details on how people can purchase the gift cards.

Supporting small businesses

1708 Gallery

VA30 Fund

Launched by business leaders, the Virginia 30 Day Fund is providing financial assistance to businesses that employ three to 30 people and are owned by Virginia residents up to $3,000.

Lifting up vulnerable communities

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Movimiento Cosecha's Undocumented Worker Fund

This fund would go toward families without health insurance or access to unemployment benefits for groceries, rent or utilities.

Sacred Heart Center

RVA Service Workers

Established by other workers in the Richmond area, this fund provides financial assistance for those who've lost their jobs or had significant hours cut


This organization focuses on preventing, reducing and ending homelessness throughout the Richmond region 

Fight hunger

Feed More

The umbrella organization that includes the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and the Community Kitchen.

The Federation of Virginia Food Banks

For residents who need to pick up food or have food delivered to seniors in Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico

Donate masks and medical supplies

The Richmond Arts & Cultural Workers Coalition is looking for artists to help produce face masks or donate 

Mutal Aid Disaster Relief Richmond, supplying residents with cleaning supplies and mini grants for living costs

Helping the LGBTQ community

Diversity Richmond

Side by Side and its Amazon Wishlist 

Nationz Foundation 

Equality Virginia

Virginia Pride

Virginia Anti-Violence Project

Richmond LGBTQ Chamber

Donate blood

Upcoming local blood drives

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