Friday, November 21, 2014

FY 2016 - FY 2017 City General Fund & Federal Funds Request for Funding Application

The purpose of the Request for Funding Combined Application is to solicit applications from various organizations to address unmet critical needs in both human services and economic and community development. Funding to support eligible programs is made possible through City General Funds and the following federal funds - Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnership (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS/HIV (HOPWA).

Please click here for the City General Fund and Federal Fund guidelines, here to obtain the FY16/FY17 Non-Departmental and Federal Funding Application,or here to obtain the FY16/FY17 Non-Departmental Budget Pages Submission Form.

Please call the City of Richmond Office of Budget and Strategic Planning at (804) 646-5778 if you have questions or need additional information.

City Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday

City of Richmond government offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday. City offices will reopen at regular business hours on Monday, December 1, 2014.

This closure includes all City community centers which are closed Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30. All City community centers will reopen on Monday, December 1 at normal hours. All branches of the Richmond Public Libraries will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 and will reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 29. The Broad Rock Library is open on Sundays, and will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 30.

Richmond Animal Care and Control will also be closed on November 27. The shelter will open on November 28 to assist residents who find stray animals or who are looking for missing pets. Current volunteers are welcome at the shelter between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. during this time period to socialize with shelter animals. The shelter will remain closed for adoptions until Sunday, November 30 at which time it will open from noon to 4 p.m.

Refuse collection will not be performed on Thursday as the City’s Solid Waste Management Division will also be closed on November 27. This closure will result in a one day delay of refuse collection for residents whose refuse is normally collected on Thursday, as Thursday’s collection schedule will be performed on Friday, November 28. Refuse collection for Monday – Wednesday of this week will continue with its normal schedule.

The East Richmond Road Convenience Center and Hopkins Road Transfer Stations are also closed on Thursday. Each facility will resume its normal schedule on Friday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mayor to Kick Off Richmond City Community Schools Initiative at Bellemeade Community Center This Saturday

~Event to include family activities, health screenings and health and wellness information~

The public is invited to the Richmond City Community Schools initiative Kickoff this Saturday, November 22 from 11a.m. to 3p.m. at the Bellemeade Community Center, 1800 Lynhaven Avenue. Mayor Dwight C. Jones will begin the event by officially announcing the initiative, which is a major collaboration between the City, Richmond Public Schools and community partners. Community Schools serve as community “hubs” designed to promote academic achievement, personal wellness, and holistic family and community stability through coordinated partnerships. The Richmond City Community Schools initiative is an outgrowth of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Policy. Mayor Jones will be joined in launching the initiative by Richmond Public School Board Member, Dr. Derik Jones and Richmond Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Dana Bedden.

Saturday’s kickoff event will be filled with a variety of family activities, tours of the facility, basic health screenings, and health and wellness resources as well as other social services information. Through several upcoming engagement events and a combination of on-and off-site social, health and other wraparound services, Richmond City Community Schools will serve thousands of city residents each year.

“No one factor determines poor academic achievement; and no single intervention will improve educational outcomes in our city’s youth. That’s why I’m pleased that we are partnering with Richmond Public Schools and our many private and public partners, to address determinants that give rise to poor outcomes in the lives of our students, their families and their communities,” said Mayor Jones.

“This is the type of collaborative effort that will give our principals, teachers and staff the opportunity to continue to maximize and remove obstacles to student learning,” said, Dr. Derik Jones, Richmond School Board, 8th District. “I am pleased that the 8th District is part of the initial rollout of the Richmond City Community Schools strategy with implementation underway at Oak Grove-Bellemeade and Broad Rock Elementary Schools.”

“Schools are often the nucleus of a community,” said Dr. Dana Bedden. “By bridging access to quality health care, social services and community resources, we advance the improvement of academic outcomes for our city’s youth and the quality of life for our families.”

In addition to Saturday’s kickoff, Broad Rock Elementary School will host an open house in December to showcase programs and services being offered to the community through the Richmond City Community Schools collaborative. Cigna is joining the City as a major partner to support the launching of Richmond City Community Schools.

“Cigna is proud to be a sponsor of the Richmond City Community Schools initiative and to join Mayor Jones and so many community partners to promote good health and well-being,” said Julia Huggins, president, Cigna MidAtlantic. “Together, we can help our children achieve academic success and build a strong support system for them, their families and our entire community.” 

For more information about the Richmond City Community Schools initiative, please contact Keisha Smith (804) 646-0586 or by email at