FACT 35th Anniversary

2021 marked the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Family and Children’s Trust Fund (FACT)!

To celebrate, we hosted a variety of virtual events the week of November 8th – 12th, 2021.

Check out our #35FactsAboutFACT series leading up the event

The theme for our anniversary week is JADE. Jade is a gemstone that represents strength and healing. It also is the modern 35th anniversary gift.

Event Schedule

Monday 12 – 12:30 PM: Anniversary Kick-Off Event – Come learn about FACT’s latest projects and how you can support them throughout our anniversary week and beyond. Event recording can be found here

Tuesday 12 – 1 PM: Housing, Homelessness and Trauma – Join us with Nichele Carver, Associate Director of Homeless and Special Needs Housing for the Department of Housing and Community Development to discuss trauma related to housing. Event recording can be found here.

You can review our previous issue brief on housing and trauma here.

Wednesday 12 – 1 PM: FACT Anniversary Celebration – Join us in celebration as we release our grantee and partner impact video and award key Virginia leaders for their efforts in preventing and treating family violence. A recording of the event can be found here.

Thursday: The Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Committee hosted a panel in April 2021 focused on the topic of child-on-child sexual abuse. This ranges from problematic sexual behavior to bullying and harassment to dating violence. These cases are complex and many organizations don’t know how to best handle them. A second panel was record in August 2021 that focused on law enforcement’s response to these cases. The CAN Committee is interested in tackling these issues and finding out the best practices for the Commonwealth.

Friday 12 – 1 PM: How Ageism Shapes Our Framework – Join us with Gerontologist Gigi Amateau, PhD to discuss ageism and how that impacts our work with family violence. A recording of the event can be found here.

You can review our previous issue brief on trauma-informed approaches to elder abuse here.

Impact Videos

Want to see the impact that FACT has made over the last 35 years? Check out these videos from our community partners and grantees. You can find additional videos in our YouTube page.

Fundraising Goal

If you would like to donate to our anniversary fundraiser visit our donation page and type “FACT Anniversary” in the “In Honor Of” box.

FACT 35th Anniversary Community Resilience Awards 

FACT of Virginia has established a limited Community Resilience Awards Project.  In celebration of FACT’s 35th Anniversary, awards of $350 are available for any eligible Trauma Informed Community Network in Virginia.  The purpose of these awards to help support local community resilience activities.  These may include; establishing a community garden, hosting a community cafe series, yoga sessions, meditation classes or healthy cooking classes for children and families. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • TICNs must demonstrate compliance with each of the TICN elements identified in FACT’s Framework for Building and Maintaining a Trauma-Informed Community Network * and participate in statewide coordination efforts facilitated through Greater Richmond SCAN**
  • Only one award per TICN will be permitted.
  • Funds must be spent by June 30, 2022.
  • Requests must be submitted by the TICN Lead Agency/Coordinator. However, any member non-profit or local government agency of the TICN may be the Project Administrator.
  • This award is distributed on a reimbursement basis. As such, a TICN that is awarded funds under this project will be reimbursed up to $350 upon completion of a brief narrative report that describes the activity supported, invoice, and submission of receipts to FACT’s Executive Director. FACT’s Executive Director shall have sole authority to determine whether submitted expenses are reimbursable under this program.
  • Awarded TICNs must include the FACT logo on materials or displays on supported activities.  


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until January 31st, 2022


Application questions and answers must be submitted via PDF sent electronically to Nicole Poulin, Nicole.poulin@dss.virginia.gov

A response of award or denial will be provided within three business days from receipt

  1. Name of TICN:
  2. Service area of TICN:
  3. Does your TICN meet the 8 elements outlined in FACT’s Framework for Building and Maintaining a Trauma-Informed Community Networks?
  4. Does your TICN participate in the statewide coordinated efforts lead by Greater Richmond SCAN?
  5. Name of the TICN Lead Agency and point of contact name and email:
  6. Name of the participating nonprofit or local government TICN participating agency that will serve as the Project Administrator for the FACT Emergency Funding Project and point of contact name and email:
  7. What is the intended community resilience project?