2020-2021 COVID-19 Mini-Grants

The first Love Your Block COVID-19 Mini-Grant cycle closed on September 15, 2020. Congratulations to our 9 mini-grant recipients!

 Mini-Grant Recipient Name / Organization  Project Summary
Rebecca Newburn, Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library will continue ongoing work with volunteers to sustain and expand Little Free Seed Libraries throughout Richmond. The project will strengthen the community by encouraging and teaching residents to grow nutritious food and save seeds.
Linda Whitmore, Santa Fe Neighborhood Council Santa Fe Neighborhood Council will offer Zoom virtual cooking classes to 24 Nystrom Elementary School students in partnership with Chef Arnon Oren, Anaviv Restaurant. 
Vivian Wong, Richmond Main Street Initiative Richmond Main Street Initiative will work with volunteers to continue providing meals to food-insecure Richmond residents.
Rachel BoldenKramer Rachel's Black Baby Joy postpartum support group will address new mothers' risk for social isolation postpartum and the additional social struggles of COVID-19 by providing safe, supportive baby wearing carriers to members of their group.
Darlene Drapkin Darlene will offer introductory singles pickleball workshops throughout Richmond, in partnership with a local USA Pickleball Ambassador, Richmond Tennis Association, and City of Richmond Community Services Department.
Bernadette Roger, Panhandle Annex Neighborhood Council Panhandle Annex will host a Sidewalk Chalk Art Extravaganza to bring neighbors outside of their homes to create their own chalk art in front of their homes. The extravaganza will help relieve stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic.
Sarah Pritchard, Rosie the Riveter Trust Rosie's Girls will bring the Mary "Peace" Head Memorial Garden back to life at Parchester Park. Richmond middle school girls will learn trade skills while building confidence and leadership skills. It will empower life skills on how to grow food during the pandemic.
Cole McCrorie McKnight Cole will start up a Little Free Library on 2nd Street in Richmond. Open Door UMC volunteers will be brought in to help sustain the library in years to come.
 Achala Jayagoda Achala applied for a Love Your Block Mini-Grant on behalf of her 8-year-old son Eagle, who started a Little Free Food Table in front of his home, every Sunday since the beginning of the pandemic. The Little Free Food Table has since evolved into a 24/7 Little Free Food Pantry which will continue to be supported through the grant.