What We Fund

VHCF grants fall into four broad categories, each of which has its own eligibility criteria and application process.   Grants to health safety nets are awarded spring and fall each year; all other grants are issued only in response to specific requests for proposal.

  • Health Safety Net: Most VHCF grants help uninsured Virginians receive medical, dental and/or mental health care, either through a new approach or by replicating one of VHCF’s Models That Made It.
  • Child Health Insurance Outreach: VHCF Project Connect grants fund local enrollment efforts for uninsured children eligible for Virginia’s state-sponsored health insurance programs for children.
  • Medication Assistance Programs: VHCF’s RxRelief Virginia grants fund caseworkers at local organizations who help eligible uninsured Virginians obtain free medicines for chronic illnesses via pharmaceutical companies’ Patient Assistance Programs.
  • Taking Aim, Improving Health: Its purpose is to stimulate and/or strengthen collaboration between hospitals and their local primary care health safety net organizations (free clinics and community health centers) in reducing avoidable hospital admissions and Emergency Department visits by uninsured patients via population health initiatives.

Grant applications are scrutinized to ensure strong project leadership, a well articulated vision, a solid operating plan, community support and long term financial viability.  89% of VHCF-funded projects sustain themselves at or above the same level after VHCF funding ceases.

Changing Lives

Stony Creek Community Health Center

With funds from VHCF, Stony Creek Community Health Center added a new physician to their staff in an effort to boost the number of providers in Sussex County, a health professional shortage area. This physician is the second physician in this quickly growing practice.

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