Ujima Legacy Fund


UJIMA LEGACY FUND provides a forum for civic-minded African American men to increase our philanthropic presence and impact in the Metro Richmond community. Members contribute a minimum of $1,100 to participate in an investment pool to be awarded to one nonprofit selected through an application process. Ujima Legacy Fund seeks to support projects that will have a positive impact on youth and young adults (ages 12 to 21 years) in our region, with a particular emphasis on underserved youth populations. It is anticipated that one grant of up to $20,000 will be awarded in 2014.

Grant Priorities

To be eligible to apply for a Ujima Legacy Fund grant, your organization must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the residents of the City of Richmond, and/or the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico, Goochland and/or Powhatan.

Ujima Legacy Fund seeks to support nonprofits that empower youth through education related initiatives.  Education related initiatives include, but are not limited to:

  • Afterschool/out of school time programming
  • Career development
  • College preparation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Literacy
  • Literacy
  • Mentoring
  • Technology training
  • Tutoring

Funding may be used for program support, specific projects or capacity building to strengthen the infrastructure and increase the program capacity of start-up or established organizations that serve the target demographic. Capacity Building requests could include:

  • Planning activities: e.g., organizational assessments; strategic planning; or business planning for social enterprise
  • Improving financial management or fund development
  • Training for staff and/or volunteers
  • Technology improvements that will have a significant impact on internal efficiency and allow for new ways of doing business

We regret that we cannot accept applications from:

  • Individual religious institutions
  • Private foundations
  • Colleges and universities
  • Individuals or scholarship applicants

We also cannot accept applications to support:

  • Debt reduction or operational deficits
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Bridge funding or interim financing
  • Partisan, political or legislative activities
  • Legal expenses

How to Apply

Ujima Legacy Fund uses an online application format. To apply, please navigate to:

Username: ujima Password: ujima
Complete instruction guide can be found using this link.

To be considered, Ujima Legacy Fund proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014.

Review Process

A volunteer committee of Ujima Legacy Fund will review requests, conduct site visits with selected organizations in April, and invite three finalists to present at a meeting of full membership on May 7, 2014.

The award decision will be finalized through a live vote on May 7, 2014.

The award will be announced and celebrated at the Annual Event by May 21, 2014.  


Please click here if you are interested in becoming a member.


If you have questions about the Ujima Legacy Fund application process, please contact Elaine Summerfield at esummerfield@tcfrichmond.org or phone: 804-330-7400.