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Health and Racial Equity in the Built Environment

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies in the Richmond Region to
Promote Stable Housing and Improve Health in Marginalized Populations

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Foundation / Corporation

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Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF)

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations and government entities in the City of Richmond and eligible counties for programs that promote housing stability and improve health in marginalized populations. Funding may be used for community engagement and organizing, policy development and advocacy, communications, collaboration and partnership development, and strategic planning.

Eligible areas include: Richmond City and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Powhatan.

Purpose: To promote stable, affordable housing within the Richmond region, with a focus on efforts that integrate a racial and ethnic lens and community engagement.

Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) is explicitly committed to supporting and convening efforts that address the social, economic, and structural conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes for individuals and families. The Foundation applies this commitment by intentionally approaching their work with an emphasis on racial and ethnic equity, recognizing health disparities are closely linked to race and ethnicity. Additionally, RMHF recognizes the critical role the built environment plays in an individual’s overall health and well-being.

Guiding this funding opportunity is the recognition that safe, accessible, and affordable housing is a key factor in determining health equity for individuals and families. This belief has been informed by internal and external learning opportunities, highlighting the significant relationship between health and housing.

At the conclusion of this initial grant period, RMHF hopes to achieve the following outcomes:
- Identification of the barriers and gaps inhibiting housing stability for low-wealth, marginalized families and individuals in the Richmond region;
- Strategies and practices leading to systemic changes in health equity and housing stability;
- A network of practitioners addressing health equity through housing stability; and
- Resident and community informed narratives on the relationship between health equity and housing stability.

Competitive proposals will meet the following criteria:
- Explicitly identify the intersection of health and stable housing
- Advance racial and ethnic equity through housing and the built environment
- Prioritize community voice and engagement
- Demonstrate an understanding of system and policy level barriers to quality affordable housing

Currently, RMHF grantmaking supports:
- Art-based projects
- Collaborative planning and action
- Community engagement
- Convenings and public events
- Evaluation and learning
- General Operating Support
- Grantee capacity building and technical assistance
- Internal capacity building
- Leadership development
- Policy and advocacy
- Program development
- Research and analysis

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185304

Estimated Size of Grant:

$10,000 - $50,000

Term of Contract:

Funding awards will support one-year efforts.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The primary applicant organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) or government entity to receive funding from RMHF. Applicants are requested to review RMHF’s grant guidelines prior to applying for this funding opportunity (see URL for Full Text link below). This funding opportunity allows for a collaborative approach that includes community-based organizations.

Funding awards may not be used for capital constructions costs, real estate acquisition, indirect costs, and major equipment purchases.

The Foundation does not fund:*
- Clinical research or trials.
- Costs, assessments or fees associated with other funding/grant awards.
- Direct grants to individuals, scholarships or emergency financial assistance.
- Direct political lobbying.
- Endowment funds not associated with RMHF.
- Organizations that discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, religious affiliation, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, or veteran status either in their employment or their service policies, or any other status protected by law.
- Sectarian religious activities.
- Supplanting of existing government or other source of funding.

* Note: this is not an all-inclusive list.

Pre-Application Information:

Application and Selection Process Timeline:
- RFP Release: February 1, 2019
- Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
- Awards Announced: Mid-May, 2019
- First Cohort Meeting: June 6, 2019
- Equity Training Session: June 26th or October 23rd, 2019

RMHF requires all grantees funded at or above the $25,000 level to attend a racial equity training session offered by RMHF on either June 26th or October 23rd. All other grantees are welcome and encouraged to attend the racial equity training.

Contact Information:

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

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Submit questions regarding this funding opportunity in writing to:
Michael Smith
Managing Director for Community Investments and the Built Environment

For questions about the online submission process, contact:
Lisa Bender
Grants Manager

4901 Libbie Mill E Blvd Suite 210
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: (804) 282-6282

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia: Richmond City and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Powhatan