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.
  • Medicaid/Famis Application Assistance: VHCF Project Connect grants fund local enrollment efforts that help individuals and families apply for Virginia’s state-sponsored health insurance programs.
  • 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.
  • Special Initiatives­: Occasionally, VHCF creates special initiatives to address identified needs in Virginia. Past initiatives have included approaches focused on elevating the degree of behavioral health integration at participating sites, increasing the number of behavioral health clinicians across the state, and facilitating partnerships to connect patients with stable and permanent medical homes, to name a few.

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

“I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t gotten help.”

I didn’t realize that I had post-traumatic stress syndrome from all the abuse I suffered both as a child and an adult. It made me feel trapped and stupid.  I was angry all the time and kept everything bottled up until I exploded, because I didn’t have the coping skills to deal with that anger. […]

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