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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies to Increase
Access to Health Care for Underserved Residents

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Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF)

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Deadline Date:

03/03/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Virginia nonprofit organizations and government agencies to support health care services for uninsured populations and underserved areas. Applicants must submit a concept paper prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support innovative approaches to the primary care needs of local communities or to replicate one of VHCF’s "Models that Made It."

VHCF encourages the development and submission of proposals in the following priority areas:

  • Conquering the Consequences of COVID-19
  • Developing or Expanding Patient Capacity in Virginia's Healthcare Safety Net
  • Establishing a Broader Scope of Services
  • Creating Local Coordinated Systems of Care
  • Strengthen the Infrastructure of Health Safety Net Providers

For additional information about funding priorities, see:

A focus on sustainability is key to VHCF grantmaking. As a result, each proposal is scrutinized thoroughly to ensure strong project leadership, a well-articulated vision, a solid operating plan, community support, and long-term financial viability.

 A successful proposal will:

  • Target a clearly-defined underserved population;
  • Reflect strong organizational and project leadership;
  • Provide evidence that all necessary logistics have been thought through and that agreements have been established with any collaborating agencies.
  • Display broad-based community commitment and collaboration;
  • Present a viable plan to sustain funding after Foundation funds are depleted;
  • Present evidence of how the project fits within the applicant’s strategic plan or vision for the future.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181394

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no limit to the amount an organization can request. Foundation grant awards have ranged from $10,000 to over $200,000. First-year awards typically range from $60,000 – $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Concept paper requests should represent one year of funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for consideration for a VHCF grant, organizations must be:
- A public agency or private non-profit holding a 501(c)(3) tax-exemption;
- An organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt fiscal sponsor; or
- An applicant for federal tax-exemption under 501(c)(3).
- Free clinics or Community Health Centers applying for grants must be members in good standing with either the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics or the Virginia Community Healthcare Association.

VHCF grants cannot be used to:
- Fund research projects that lack a direct primary care service component;
- Replace funding from a previously-existing source, public or private, which has been reduced or eliminated;
- Fund portions of existing operations; or
- Underwrite sponsorships
- Fund pilot projects.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2021 Concept Paper deadline for funding consideration is January 25, 2021 (Spring 2021), by 5:00 PM.

VHCF will invite submissions of full proposals based on concept papers by January 29, 2021. The deadline for full proposals is March 3, 2021, by 5:00 PM.

For questions regarding how to apply for a grant, contact VHCF's program officers, Cat Hulburt or Andrea Lancaster.

Projects must demonstrate that at least 25% of the project costs are underwritten by the community (including both cash and in-kind support).

More on eligibility requirements:

How to apply:

More information on Concept Papers:

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Additional information on Formal Proposals:

Models that Made It:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit concept papers to

Cat Hulburt, Chief Program & Engagement Officer
Phone: (804) 525-1483

Andrea Lancaster, Senior Program Officer
Phone: (804) 828-7481

Virginia Health Care Foundation
707 E. Main Street, Suite 1350
Richmond, VA 23219

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