Embrace Receives VCU Partnership Development Grant!

Embrace Receives VCU Partnership Development Grant!

We are so excited to announce that Embrace Richmond in partnership with VCU Wilder School of Government, VCU Center for Society and Health, Engaging Richmond and the City of Richmond Sustainability Department have been awarded the CEnR Partnership Development Grant! This award is provided by the VCU Council for Community Engagement. Our proposal entitled, “Asset-Based Community Development: A Model for Community Strengthening”, is set to lay a foundation that empowers organizations to both create an asset-based model and make it adaptable to Richmond communities. Specifically, the grant’s “partnership development” funds will assist the five organizations in exploring how our current community engagement efforts might be more closely aligned. VCU researchers will assist us in strengthening and evaluating the impact of ABCD across the region. This combination between strengthening partnerships and measuring the impact of ABCD is sure to support a trend of collaboration and strength based community work here in the city of Richmond. We could not be more excited to collaborate with such a dynamic group of community partners and university departments! We are not only looking forward to the outcomes of this research but are excited to enhance the assets of our communities and support resident identified priorities while doing so. More information about this grant can be found here. Information about other 2017-2018 recipients can be found...
First Dream Catcher Grant Awarded!!!

First Dream Catcher Grant Awarded!!!

Embrace Richmond has awarded Chester United Methodist Church with our first Summer 2015 Dream Catcher Grant. As a graduate of the Embrace Richmond Mission Shift training, Chester UMC was eligible for a $500 grant toward their summer Dream Catchers project in Broadwater Townhomes. This grant will be applied toward the cost of training and coaching the Chester Dream Catcher team which includes youth from the Broadwater neighborhood and adult volunteers from Chester UMC. This summer project launched this week with a pizza party for the youth. Ten high school youth participated and all of them signed up to become Jr. Interns serving through our Dream Catcher listening project. They will be trained by Embrace Richmond staff for the next two weeks. On June the 23rd, they will be begin interviewing neighborhood residents and discovering the dreams, gifts, and talents of their community alongside volunteers from Chester UMC. During our pizza party, Essie, our Dream Catcher Coordinator, put the youth into teams and had them build their dream community using Legos, paper, and crayons. It was a fun project that got the young people thinking about the kind of community they wanted to live in. At the conclusion of that activity, Essie explained that the Legos represent the building blocks of the community. Each block is an asset that can be used to build their dream neighborhood. She then explained that throughout the summer, they will be discovering the assets that already exist through their listening activities. This project was a great way of helping the youth understand in a tangible way how asset-mapping can strengthen their community. Throughout the...
Dream Catcher Grants

Dream Catcher Grants

Last year, Embrace Richmond piloted a community listening project that engaged local youth in the community development process. These local youth conducted 50 surveys of their neighbors and documented the gifts, talents and dreams of the neighbors they met. At the conclusion of the project, the youth shared their discoveries with all who participated in the project and invited participates to join the effort and help make the dreams of the neighbors a reality. That project led to the launch of the Griffin Block club, the Peace and Justice Circle and a collaboration with Embraced by Wings youth program. The project was so successful that we have decided to make it available to other communities this summer. We are currently offering grants to partnering congregations and non-profits who would like to pilot the project in their own neighborhoods. We have the following grant opportunities currently available: Training and Coaching Grants: Embrace Richmond will give 3 training and coaching grants to church groups or non-profits who are interested in launching the project this summer. These grants will cover 6 hours of training, 6 hours of coaching, 12 hours of group facilitation and 2 hours of event facilitation. The total value of these training and coaching grants is $1,000. Youth Community Engagement Grants: In addition, Embrace Richmond will donate up to $500 to 5 neighborhood youth groups who engage young people from public housing communities or in neighborhoods located in the near northside of Richmond. Mission Shift Graduate Grants: Embrace Richmond will also donate up to $500 toward community listening projects that are being coordinated by graduates of our Mission Shift...