The American Rescue Plan Act Grant

The City of Hampton Council allocated funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Opportunities to issue additional community grants through 2025. The grants are purposed to fund grassroots, community-based organizations, and neighborhood groups aiming to create positive activities, services, and programs in the areas of Awareness, Prevention, Intervention, and Re-entry for Hampton Youth and Young Adults ages 14-24.

Awareness Grants

Awareness programs are generally events, seminars, summits, symposiums, or short courses — designed to create awareness of the impacts of youth and young adult violence, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences to influence positive change. 

Categories include, but are not limited to, events focused on:


  • Mental Health 
  • Conflict Mediation/ Resolution 
  • Community Building and Empowerment 
  • Out of School activities 
  • Family Support
  • Employment Readiness  

Prevention, Intervention and Re-Entry Grants 

Program interactions should be of sufficient intensity and duration to bring about measurable changes in skills, attitudes, or behaviors of participants who often reside in high-risk areas or include risk factors for youth violence.


Prevention programs are sustainably structured interactions designed to engage youth and young adults in elevated risk populations in recurring instructional, experiential, social, or transformative activities to build supportive relationships and social skills outside of school hours. 


Re-entry programs address one or more known challenges to successful reentry: housing, transportation, employment, family reunification, mental health support, literacy, substance abuse, and trauma. Successful re-entry programs often involve participant engagement for multiple hours per week for several months in small groups or individual case management and help individuals build skills and strategies to overcome barriers stemming from stigmatized history and personal challenges.


Intervention programs involve diverted youth and young adult participants in social-emotional skill-building courses addressing self-awareness and efficacy, empathy, conflict resolution, and esteem to help understand implied risks of current violent behavior and develop strategies to make positive life changes. Formats and activities vary from artistic expression to leadership development and include but are not limited to a therapeutic approach.

Grant Application Process

Complete the online application:

For a print application, contact Charone Dew at

Application Required Attachments: 

  • Copy of the IRS 501c3 Determination Letter.
  • Copy or screenshot of the applicant's ACTIVE State Corporation Commission Status. 
  • Attach Copies of National Background Checks for all employees who will provide direct care to youth, elderly, or disabled persons, or click here to complete a background check online.

Review Process:

  • 30 Days to review packets for completeness.
    • Request any additional information from the applicant—missing documents, etc. 
    • Review the application to ensure it abides by program policies; 
    • Contact the organization with any questions or requests for additional information; 
    • Share applications with the Grant Review Committee
    • Complete the grant consideration rubric for recommendations and funding justification 
  • 30 Days to submit recommendations for final approval) 
  • Final review and approval provided by appropriate parties 
  • Notify grant applicants of award status  
  • Applicant reviews and signs the contract
  • The first payment disbursement is made 30 days after the contract is signed

Eligible Applicants

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time. 

The Grant process is open to nonprofit organizations with a designated tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code, registered neighborhood-serving or community-based organizations. Projects and organizations must be nonsectarian in nature. This solicitation is not open to local governmental agencies, schools, or fee-for-service-based businesses. 


This is a larger than $10,000 grant with a 25 percent match requirement. The City of Hampton reserves the right to reduce the amount requested based on criteria and or matrix. There is a quarterly review with a possible grant reduction if program goals and matrix are not being met or achieved. 

Reporting Requirements

Applicants who are awarded grant funds must comply with reporting expectations to include financial reports, progress reports, and a project completion report.