Human Services Grant Application

The City of Chesapeake is now accepting applications 
for the 2024-2025 Human Services Competitive Grants.

The City of Chesapeake is now accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Human Services Competitive Grants. The available funds will be allocated to those programs that are aligned with the goals of the City of Chesapeake's Chesapeake Thrives Plan:

  1. Aging in the Community
  2. Behavioral Health
  3. Early Childhood
  4. Health
  5. Housing
  6. Poverty and Economic Supports
  7. School-Age Supports
  8. Workforce Development

Application Deadline

The application deadline is close of business Friday, January 5, 2024.

There will be no exceptions to the deadline.

Human Services Grant Requirements

All of the following requirements are required to be considered for the 2024-2025 Human Services Grant:

  • Human Service Grant Application
  • A two-page double-spaced typed report stating the organization's purpose and proposed use of the requested funding. Funding requests must be for direct services and meet the goals of the Chesapeake Thrives Plan through one of the eight priority areas listed in the previous section
    • Administrative costs are not acceptable line item requests. 
    • The report should also include proposed outcomes that you expect to achieve over the fiscal year. (This should be outcomes and not outputs).  
  • A sustainability plan or updated sustainability plan for your organization, if reapplying.
  • Proposed budget for the Fiscal Year (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024) from all sources.
  • Your agency must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at, and we also need your Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS) and in good standing with the Virginia State Corporation Commission.

Please Note: In previous years, we have requested a sustainability plan to reflect the progression of your former submission and why you should continue to receive funding. If this is your first year’s submission, your sustainability plan should reflect a three-year plan for maintaining the acquired resource from the grant acquisition. The sustainability plan is especially important in demonstrating how your organization will make lasting improvements despite ongoing changes in funding sources, program models, service providers, community demographics, and other factors. In this plan, you should also provide information to reflect what will occur if this funding is not provided at the level requested. Your alternate plan should also be included.

For more information about the requirements, download Letter from the Director of Human Services.

Chesapeake Thrives

In January 2020, the City committed to a process that would create a unified human infrastructure plan through a collective impact approach. Using this approach, governed by the Commission on Health and Well-Being that serves as the Steering Committee, the Chesapeake Thrives Plan for Community Well-being establishes a framework for addressing city-wide and neighborhood-specific challenges. 

These challenges can be addressed through both a systems response, and where appropriate, a service delivery response. This framework allows a team consisting of public and private entities, to partner and address universal issues that impact all communities, as well as provide individual services to residents in need, using a coordinated and collaborative approach. 

The ultimate result of this effort would produce a cohesive system of well-being in which all of Chesapeake’s residents can thrive and achieve their best quality of life.

For more information on the Chesapeake Thrives Initiative and each of the priority areas, visit the Chesapeake Thrives website.

Grant Application

Download the Chesapeake Human Services Grants Application (PDF)

If you received a grant last year, you must reapply, as you will be competing against various applicants. Those who were awarded funds for FY 2023-2024, should not necessarily expect to receive the same grant funding. Additionally, those who have received funding for three consecutive years will not be guaranteed additional funding for the SAME program in this competitive process dependent on the number of applicants received. We have reviewed the process to ensure the best resources are provided most efficiently to our Chesapeake residents and to ensure accountability.

For more information, contact Mary Riley by phone at 757-382-2321 or via email at Applications can be emailed to Mrs. Riley or mailed to:

Department of Human Services
Division of Chesapeake Thrives Programs
Mary Riley, Chesapeake Thrives Programs Administrator 
100 Outlaw Street
Chesapeake, VA 23320

Applications are due by end of day Thursday January 5, 2024.
No exceptions.