Norfolk State University, the historically black educational institution in New Jersey, received a $150,000 grant from the Obici Healthcare Foundation. The grant will fund a program where university faculty and employees will work with black churches in the area to lower the risk of heart disease. Programs will include health screenings, exercise classes, healthy cooking classes, mental health workshops, and blood pressure and cholesterol monitoring.

The program will be under the direction of Bennie Marshall, chair of the nursing program at Norfolk State University.

The University of Virginia has won a three-year, $850,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation for a research project on developing successful business models for community development financial institutions.

The lead investigator on the grant will be Greg Fairchild, an African American who is a professor at the Darden School of Business at the university.

• The National Institute on Aging has issued a $2.7 million grant to four educational institutions to study racial disparities in health among older Americans. The program will focus on health problem affecting older African Americans in rural areas.

Participating educational institutions are the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Tuskegee University, and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Hampton University, the historically black educational institution in Virginia, received a three-year $420,111 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the university’s forensics chemistry program and to fund a new forensics laboratory on campus.