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The FDA raises money to give back to our community, because a vital neighborhood is always improving. The FDA’s Grants Committee is your representative to help you find ways to reinvest in our community and contribute to the vibrancy and spirit of the Fan and our city. Whether its schools, parks, culture, safety or other worthy goals, the Grants Committee is FDA’s arm ensure the continued vitality of our historic neighborhood.  We encourage you to help by recommending our grants program to organizations who support these goals. For detailed Grants Policies and to view the Grants Application, click HERE.


Barb Dittmeier




The FDA is proud to announce grants to 6 organizations that strive to improve the lives of children in Richmond and the Fan. The awards cover art, science, academics, health, and animals and span children from babies to middle school.  The awards go to:  

William Fox Elementary School PTA  

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond  

Higher Achievement Programs, Inc  

Richmond Public Library, Belmont Branch 

Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad  

Visual Arts Center of Richmond

    Thank you to the Grant’s Review Committee –Kathy Laing, Caroline Ashby, Nicole Velez and Cassandra Pallai who worked diligently to ensure a smooth and fair process. And thank you to all involved in the 2021 Holiday House Tour (HHT) especially Kimberely Hitchens and Lacy Williams.  It is revenue from HHT that funds FDA’s grant program. Over the next year you will see spotlights on each of these grants as we reinvest in our community and contribute to the vibrancy and spirit of the Fan.    

    Grant Process 

    All local nonprofits and community organizations can participate and submit their ideas and funding needs. These organizations, with ideas that benefit the Fan and its residents, apply online during the annual application process. The Grants Committee, comprised of volunteers from the FDA and its Board receive, review and research grant requests. Based on Committee findings, recommendations are made to the FDA Board regarding grant approvals. The FDA Board makes the final decisions regarding which grants are awarded.

    The Grants Committee also follows up with those selected to learn about how the FDA funds were spent so we can report back to our residents. It’s important that we all see how these community grants are helping the Fan to flourish.


    Although there are several ways to contribute to the Fan’s Grants Committee, our major funding is from the annual Fan Holiday House Tour.  This effort brings our neighborhood together as we volunteer to create a great event and then continue to spread the joy.  The proceeds from the Holiday House Tour and other sources are given to the Grants Committee to distribute via community grants.

    Between 2017-2020, the FDA has given out just under $100,000. ($95,994 to be exact) in grants to help our schools, support neighborhood events, improve our parks and streetscape and help our neighbors in need.   The grants were projects that benefitted the Fan and our RVA community.  Here is a listing of award winners over the 2017-2020 timeframe.

    Binford Middle School

    Higher Achievement Program, Binford

    Art 180 Binford

    Visual Arts Center, After School

    William Fox Elementary School PTA

    Thomas Jefferson HS Robotics

    Thomas Jefferson HS PTA

    The Holli Fund

    Health Brigade

    Robinson Street Association

    Friends of the Richmond Mounted Squad

    Monroe Park Conservancy

    Branch Museum

    Fan Graffiti Removal

    Historic Monument Avenue and Fan District Foundation

    Firehouse Theater Urban Garden

    Braille Circulating Library

    Ronald MacDonald House

    Meadow Park Friends

    Feed More Meals on Wheels

    Vicky Hester Food Bank


    Fan District Association
    208 Strawberry Street
    Richmond, VA 23220

    The Fan District Association is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. 

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