Virginia Health Care Foundation Grants

What is Virginia Health Care Foundation Grant?

The Virginia Health Care Foundation makes a difference in the lives of countless Virginians every day. A public/private partnership, VHCF helps uninsured Virginians and those who live in underserved communities receive medical, dental and mental health care. VHCF support helps free clinics, community health centers and others to expand both the types of care offered and the number of patients cared for each year. In addition to grants, VHCF programs help make prescription medications available to those who can’t afford them. And VHCF outreach helps uninsured children receive medical and dental coverage.

Who are eligible for the Virginia Health Care Foundation Grant?

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 Clinics or the Virginia Community Healthcare Association.

Detailed information on VHCF grants dedicated to improving access to care can be found in VHCF’s Grant Guidelines manual.

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.

Additional eligibility requirements:

Project Connect grants, RxRelief Virginia grants and A New Lease on Life grants have additional eligibility requirements, detailed on their grant pages. Funding for each of these three initiatives is issued periodically in response to specific requests for proposal.

How to apply for the Virginia Health Care Foundation Grant?

Organizations that have met the Grant Eligibility requirements can apply for the Health Safety Net grants using the following procedure.

Virginia Health Care Foundation grants for Expanding Access to Primary Care awarded in two cycles each year, in the spring and fall. Concept Paper deadlines for consideration for funding in 2011 are:

  • January 26, 2011 (Spring 2011)
  • August 3, 2011 (Fall 2011)

Please do not submit a Concept Paper without first carefully reviewing VHCF’s requirements to determine if your organization and project are eligible for consideration.

  1. Step One: Determine if your organization and the project you’re proposing meet general eligibility requirements, and review the VHCF Grant Guidelines.
  2. Step Two: If your organization and project meet the general eligibility requirements for a VHCF grant, you will need to submit a Concept Paper.
  3. Step Three: If VHCF invites your organization to develop your concept further, you will need to submit a Formal Proposal. (Note: please do not submit a formal proposal if your organization has not been requested to do so.)

Questions? Contact VHCF’s Amanda Farnum or Erin Osborne at 804/828-5804.

Grants for Child Health Insurance Outreach, Medication Access programs and A New Lease on Life: Health for Virginians with Mental Illness are awarded only in response to periodic requests for proposal.

Where to send applications for the Virginia Health Care Foundation Grant?

707 East Main Street
Suite 1350
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: 804.828.5804
Fax: 804.828.4370
Email: info@vhcf.org

For more information on the Virginia Health Care Foundation, contact:

VHCF is located in Suite 1350 of the 8th & Main Building at 707 East Main Street, in downtown Richmond.

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