Project Connect

VHCF’s Project Connect grants fund local outreach and enrollment efforts that help families apply for Virginia’s state-sponsored health insurance programs for children and pregnant women (known as the FAMIS programs). These grants are made possible with funding from the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Special requirements regarding Project Connect Grants:

  • Are targeted to the areas of the state with the highest populations of uninsured children.
  • Can be used only to help increase enrollment and retention in the state-sponsored health insurance programs for children and pregnant women, known as the FAMIS programs.
  • Can be applied for only via special Requests For Proposals (RFPs) as new funds become available.
  • Applicants for Project Connect funding also must meet all general VHCF eligibility requirements.

While VHCF’s existing Project Connect grantees continue to make record progress enrolling uninsured children in FAMIS, no new Project Connect grants are being made at this time.  As of July 2017, over 95,000 children and pregnant women have been enrolled via Project Connect — a record!

VHCF will issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) as funds become available.

For more information or to be alerted to future Project Connect requests for proposal, contact Emily Roller, VHCF’s Child Health Insurance Program Manager at or 804-828-5976.

Project Connect Locations:

Currently there are eight Project Connect grantees targeted strategically to serve the Virginia localities with the highest numbers of uninsured children. Projects marked with an * have Spanish speakers on staff.

  • Carilion Clinic (serving Roanoke County and City of Roanoke) 540-525-6014
  • Chesapeake Health Department (serving Chesapeake) 757-469-4436
  • Chesterfield Health Department (serving Chesterfield County) 804-717-6975*
  • Cumberland Plateau Health District (serving Buchanan, Smyth, Tazewell and Wythe) 276-988-5585 x 120
  • Cumberland Plateau Health District (serving Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Washington and Wise) 276-889-7621 x 45
  • Inova Partnership for Healthier Kids (PHK) (serving  Alexandria, Fairfax City and County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, and Falls Church) 703-698-2550*
  • Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness (MHCCHW) (serving the counties of Henry and Patrick and the City of Martinsville) 276-732-0509
  • Neighborhood Health (serving Alexandria, Arlington and Southern Fairfax) 703-535-5418*
  • Norfolk Department of Public Health (serving Norfolk) 757-285-7841

In addition to outreach workers in the locations above, VHCF has a bilingual Application Specialist on staff to assist families from Greater Metro Richmond with applications for coverage. Norma Ryan can be reached at 804-955-9578 or

Questions? Interested in reviewing past RFPs? Contact Emily Roller, VHCF’s Child Health Insurance Program Manager at or 804-828-5976.