Virginia Health Care Foundation Awards $884,000 in Grants to Increase Availability of Behavioral Health, Dental, and Medical Services across Virginia

Debbie Oswalt, Executive Director
Virginia Health Care Foundation
(804) 828-5804


Richmond, Virginia, January 23, 2024 – The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded more than $884,000 in grants to 12 Virginia organizations increasing access to behavioral health, medical and dental services for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians.

“From the Eastern Shore to Grayson County in Southwest Virginia, all of these grantees are addressing urgent and ongoing needs,” said Deborah Oswalt, VHCF’s Executive Director. “The current shortage of healthcare professionals and Virginia’s mental health crisis require an ‘all hands-on deck’ approach to ensure all Virginians have access to the care they need.”

A list of the grants awarded by VHCF follows:

Behavioral Health: The organizations listed below are taking a well-planned approach to increasing or maintaining greatly needed behavioral health services in Virginia via new and continuing grants.

  • Youth For Tomorrow: $131,550 to hire a new pre-licensed behavioral health clinician to expand access to care at its new Dumfries office and for the salary of a Licensed Professional Counselor at its Warrenton office.
  • Fredericksburg Christian Health Center: $56,250 for a Licensed Clinical Social Worker to provide behavioral health services.
  • Greater Richmond SCAN: $40,180 for a bilingual Master of Social Work clinician to work with traumatized children.
  • Family Service of Roanoke Valley: $33,413 for a pre-licensed behavioral health clinician to expand access to care.
  • ReadyKids: $32,541 to support a full-time pre-licensed MSW clinician to provide treatment to Charlottesville area children and their caregivers.

Health Care Access: The following grantees are expanding primary medical care services in their communities.

  • GPW Health Center: $100,000 to hire a full-time primary care provider in Manassas.
  • Tri-Area Community Health: $100,000 to hire a full-time family Nurse Practitioner for its new health center in Fries (Grayson County).

Dental Safety Net Grants: Each of these organizations is working to expand its capacity to provide oral health care in its community.

  • Eastern Shore Rural Health System: $100,000 to help hire another full-time dentist to treat patients at its Franktown location.
  • Central Virginia Health Services: $75,000 to provide dental care at its Hopewell-Prince George location and in a school-based clinic in Hopewell High School.
  • Community Access Network: $74,250 to help support the salary of a full-time dentist.
  • Bradley Free Clinic: $20,132 for a part-time dental hygienist to treat more patients.
  • CrossOver Healthcare Ministry: $52,751 to integrate oral health treatment and prenatal care for pregnant patients.

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 536 community-based initiatives throughout the Commonwealth and established multiple programs and partnerships. Combined, they have helped more than 800,000 uninsured and medically underserved Virginians obtain the health care they need.

For more information about VHCF visit For information about its behavioral health initiatives visit or call (804) 828-5804.

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Last Updated on February 2, 2024