Our Grant Making

The grantmaking objectives of The Blocker Foundation are intended to assure that our limited resources are allocated to help create the most impact in the communities that we serve. We support organizations and activities that empower people and community systems in a way that tackles the root causes of the problems our communities face and build upon the strengths within these same regions. We strive to expand access to opportunities for people from low-income and otherwise disadvantaged communities, including a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. We seek to foster partnership amongst like-minded organizations, encouraging communication and collaboration to build programs and services that are sustainable.

Our Focus Areas

  • wholesome nourishment
  • safe shelter
  • educational opportunity
  • economic opportunity
  • a healthy environment


In an effort to support organizations in what they do best, we will consider grant requests of the following nature:

Project Grants

Those grants seeking funding for a project that will be completed within a specified time frame with very specific costs.

Program Grants

Funding provided for ongoing “programmatic activities.”

“Core Support” Grants

General operating funding necessary for the ongoing operations of the organization

Capital Grants

Funding for those items related to land, building, and equipment acquisition or creation
The Blocker Foundation will consider grant requests for a term of no less than 12 months but not exceeding a period of 5 years. The timeline of the request should match the proposed project and be justifiable through the submission of a workplan.
Funding may not be used for:
  • Lobbying or political programs or events
  • Sectarian or religious organizations whose grant request will only benefit that organization's members
  • Organizations that discriminate by race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation or national origin
  • Individual scholarships
  • Funding that supplants existing sources of support
  • Supporting Organizations as defined by the IRS

Application Process

The Blocker Foundation asks that any organization interested in applying for a grant, please call the Foundation directly at 757-942-2005 or email grants@theblockerfoundation.com for discussion of the request prior to submission. Requests for conversations after your application is submitted will not be considered.

All applications are due as follows:
Application DeadlineGrant Award NotificationGrant Start Date
March 1MayJuly 1
September 1OctoberJanuary 1
Please visit our Apply Now page to log-in to our portal or learn more about requirements for application.