NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) — 13News Now and its parent company, TEGNA, are proud to announce the 2018 TEGNA Foundation Grant recipients in the Hampton Roads area.

The TEGNA Foundation is the charitable foundation sponsored by TEGNA, Inc.

Nine nonprofit organizations in the Hampton Roads region were awarded $34,000 in community grants. Those grants will help in addressing pressing needs. They support assisting victims of human trafficking, discrimination, and sexual abuse, mentorship and education opportunities for children, and work to ensure the welfare of animals.

The 2018 recipients in the Hampton Roads area are:

  • Access Virginia for a project to bring a theater sensory workshop for students with vision impairments.
  • Chesapeake Humane Society for a project to provide microchipping services to stray animals and offer a walk-in clinic for cats.
  • Clever Communities in Action, a group running a barber shop-based literacy program called Razor Sharp Readers focusing on education and mentorship for young African Americans.
  • Fear 2 Freedom, which is based out of Newport News. The group will use its grant to provide aftercare kits to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
  • Maxstrong Memorial Fund,which will teach hundreds of children to swim in our area.
  • Samaritan House for its initiative to fight human trafficking.
  • Stop Abuse, an award-winning education program aimed at teaching elementary school children how to recognize, prevent, and disclose sexual abuse.
  • Transgender Assistance Program to provide emergency assistance to homeless transgender adults in our community.
  • Wildlife Response which places injured and orphaned wildlife into licensed rehab care with the goal of releasing them animals back into their natural habitat.

“These grants will make an impact by providing support for these nonprofit groups in Hampton Roads,” said Dave Lougee, President and CEO, TEGNA. “We are proud to partner with these exceptional organizations and, alongside 13News Now (WVEC), look forward to working with them to serve the greater good of Hampton Roads.”

During the past three years, TEGNA Foundation Community Grants have supported more than 1,000 organizations based in television markets across the country which TEGNA-owned stations serve. More than $5,000,000 has been invested in community nonprofits where TEGNA does business and where its employees live.

“13News Now has the honor of supporting so many worthy organizations with news coverage and sponsorship throughout the year. We are excited to take that local support one step further through the TEGNA Foundation Community Grant program. We sincerely appreciate every organization that submitted applications and are proud to say we had a record year with over 115 local submissions,” said Kari Jacobs, President and General Manager, 13News Now (WVEC).

Community grants are determined by each TEGNA station and approved by the station’s general manager and the TEGNA Foundation Board of Directors. The donation amounts and nonprofit recipients vary depending on the unique needs and local priorities of that community.

This month, the TEGNA Foundation is awarding 236 community grants to help support multiple nonprofit organizations across TEGNA’s 39 markets. This is the second round of community grants this year. In 2018, the TEGNA Foundation has awarded 336 grants.

For more information about the TEGNA Foundation, including its grant-making programs, click here.

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