Grants for Single Mothers in Virginia

Last Updated on January 31, 2024 by Lori Pace

Single moms in Virginia are usually helped fairly quickly with grants or other forms of assistance. Are you a single mom who is struggling to make ends? For instance, do you wish to return to school or pay your bills on time but lack financial resources?

In that case, take a look at these Virginia grants.

Virginia Single Moms Assistance and Grants

Whether you’re seeking assistance in a specific Virginia city or exploring government grants tailored for single moms, I’ve got you covered. Click the link below to find a city that matches your search. And if you’re interested in other government grants designed to support single mothers like us, just follow the link.


As a single mom, I understand the importance of ensuring our children’s health and well-being. That’s why Virginia offers a healthcare network, FAMIS (Families Access to Medical Insurance Security), dedicated to meeting our children’s medical needs. To check if you’re eligible, take a quick pre-screening on the Cover Virginia website. You can apply online, give them a call at 1-855-242-8282, download the application, or even visit a nearby DSS office—whatever works best for you.


Being a mom means nourishing our children with the best, especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Virginia’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is right here by our side. If you’re ready to ensure your child’s nutrition is on point, schedule a visit to your nearest WIC clinic or download the application form. Need guidance? Reach out to the WIC program corporate center at (757) 518-2789. And for breastfeeding support, you’re not alone—dial the Virginia Beach helpline at (757) 284-9428 for more details.


Medicaid in Virginia assists single moms, infants, and low-income families in receiving the medical services they need. Apply online or download an application after passing a test for eligibility. In Richmond, dial (804) 786-6145 for the helpline and (800) 884-9730 or (800) 772-9996 for medical assistance.

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Child Care Subsidy Program

Balancing work or school with raising a child is no small feat. Virginia understands the challenges single moms like us face, which is why there’s the Child Care Subsidy Program. If you’re wondering whether you qualify, I’ve been there too. Take that first step and get evaluated. Need help with the application? The CommonHelp website is your go-to resource, or you can reach out at 1-855-635-4370. And if you prefer the personal touch, don’t hesitate to visit your local Department of Social Services.

Head Start

Throughout Virginia, Head Start offers social services to low-income families. Search and register for a local Head Start program through the Virginia Department of Social Services. Call (866) 763-6481 or email to reach the information center.

Unemployment insurance (UI)

Life sometimes throws unexpected challenges our way, like job loss. But remember, Virginia’s got our back through the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program. The Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) is the place to turn. Whether it’s an online claim, a phone call to 1-866-832-2363, or a visit to a VEC office nearby, you’re covered. And if you need assistance or have questions about UI, dial (866) 832-2363—they’re there to help.

Tuition Assistance Grant Program (VTAG)

Taking steps to secure a better future for ourselves and our kids is a top priority. The Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) program has our backs when it comes to higher education. If you’re a full-time college or university student like I was, this program could be a game-changer. Download and submit the 2016-2017 financial aid application to your school’s financial assistance office—it’s that simple. And if you need guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at the Virginia Council of Independent Colleges. Give them a call at (540) 586-0606 or fill out an online form.


Virginia’s primary source for low-income households is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Therefore, families who qualify can obtain cash assistance for a limited amount of time.

Online, you can fill out an Application for Benefits and mail it to the DSS in your state. Use the CommonHelp site to apply online.


Making sure our kids have access to nutritious meals is a priority that hits close to home. Virginia’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to lend a hand in this area. First things first, let’s make sure you qualify—it’s an important step. Once you’re set, you can apply online for convenience, or if you’re like me and prefer talking to someone face-to-face, head to your local DSS office. If you’re unsure or have questions, don’t hesitate to call the SNAP helpline at (800) 552-3431.


Keeping our homes warm and comfortable matters, especially for our kids. Virginia’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) through DSS is here to provide energy assistance when we need it most. If you’re facing an emergency heating situation, know that help is just a call away. If you’re like me and prefer online convenience, applying through CommonHelp is a breeze. Or, if you want that personal touch, download an application and visit your nearby DSS office. Need to talk to someone? Reach out at (804) 726-7000 or drop an email at


As I wrap up, I want to acknowledge the everyday financial hurdles we single moms face. But guess what? Virginia recognizes our unique journey and has put in place services and agencies tailored just for us.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

Lori Pace is a single mother of three daughters ages 7 and under. As a working mom from home, she balances kids, work and two crazy dogs with humor and love. Follow Lori as she honestly gives tips and advice based on her own experiences as a single mom!