Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards $1.1 Million in Grants to Increase Access to Health Care

Richmond, Virginia, January 5, 2022
The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded grants, totaling more than $1.1 million to 14 organizations throughout Virginia. These grants will increase access to behavioral health, medical and dental services for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians.

Grantees and projects awarded follow:

Behavioral Health Care

  • Johnson Health Center – $100,780 to support the salaries and benefits of a Behavioral Health Specialist and Mental Health Clinician in Lynchburg, who will work alongside JHC’s psychiatrist and primary care team to provide an integrated behavioral health program.
  • Eastern Shore Rural Health System – $99,080 to support the salary of a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who will treat patients onsite in Eastville and at other ESRHS sites via tele-health appointments.
  • Health Brigade – $86,250 to expand the delivery of behavioral health and medical care by making its Medical Director and Licensed Professional Counselor full-time.
  • Tri-Area Community Health – $78,150 to hire a licensed behavioral health clinician to bring much-needed behavioral health services to Patrick County.
  • Greater Richmond SCAN – $71,430 to hire a full-time pre-licensed behavioral health clinician to expand its outpatient behavioral health capacity.
  • Youth for Tomorrow – $70,800 to hire a pre-licensed behavioral health clinician to further expand clinical capacity at the new Dumfries office.
  • Family Service of Roanoke Valley$59,400 to hire a pre-licensed Master of Social Work behavioral health clinician to increase service capacity.
  • ReadyKids – $57,850 to expand capacity and eliminate the waitlist for children needing services via the addition of a full-time pre-licensed behavioral health clinician.

Primary Medical Care

  • Sinclair Health Clinic – $102,080 to support the salary and benefits of a full-time Nurse Practitioner, who offers prenatal care services to help meet the growing demand in Winchester.
  • Tri-Area Community Health – $99,470 to underwrite the salary and benefits of a full-time Nurse Practitioner to serve as the primary medical provider at TACH’s site in Grayson County.
  • CrossOver Healthcare Ministry (CrossOver) – $93,780 to provide an integrated approach to care for its pregnant patients by hiring a full-time Nurse Practitioner, a part-time dentist, and a part-time hygienist.

Dental Care

  • Augusta Regional Clinic – $100,000 to hire a dentist to decrease a months-long waitlist for existing patients and to enable it to accept new patients.
  • Bland Ministry Center – $56,250 to help support a dentist and dental hygienist at Big Walker Dentistry, BMC’s dental safety net clinic in Wythe County.
  • Bradley Free Clinic – $53,740 to hire a part-time dental hygienist to reduce the wait time for hygiene services.

The Virginia Health Care Foundation is a non-profit public/private partnership with a mission to increase access to primary health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. The Foundation was initiated by the General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care in 1992. Since its inception, it has funded 495 community-based initiatives throughout the Commonwealth. VHCF’s programs and partnerships have touched the lives of more than 800,000 uninsured Virginians.

For more information about VHCF and its programs, visit or call (804) 828-5804.

Last Updated on January 25, 2022