Health Safety Net Grants

Virginia Health Care Foundation

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Next deadline: Jan 15, 2021 2:00pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Mar 3, 2021 2:00pm PST (Full proposal), Jul 22, 2021 2:00pm PDT (Pre proposal), Sep 2, 2021 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Health Care Access & Delivery

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Virginia

Location of residency: Virginia

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Funding Priorities

Most VHCF grants work to increase access to primary care for uninsured Virginians and those who live in areas with limited access to care. VHCF grants can be used to fund innovative approaches to communities’ primary care needs or to replicate one of VHCF’s Models that Made It. Funding focuses on projects that address one or more of these priorities:

Developing or expanding patient capacity

This includes initiatives that establish new outlets of care for uninsured or medically underserved Virginians, as well as those which enable existing programs to serve a greater number of patients. Examples include proposals to add new primary care providers (medical, dental, mental health, pharmacists); undertake a strategic expansion of physical infrastructure; utilize technology to expand access; or seek to implement an innovative model of service delivery.

Establishing a broader scope of services

Many existing safety net providers are interested in adding new primary care services to those they currently offer. Proposals to add key primary care services, e.g. dental, mental health, pharmacy; institute programs to enhance care of uninsured, chronically ill patients; or utilize technology (e.g. telemedicine) to enhance and expand access to primary care in underserved areas fall within the parameters of this funding track.

Creating local systems of care

VHCF is interested in stimulating and supporting local initiatives that will result in a community-wide coordinated network of care for the uninsured and the medically underserved, and invites proposals designed to achieve this. This funding track is appropriate for communities where there are several safety net providers that have a vision of working more closely together to achieve greater synergies and efficiencies both for their patients and for their operations by creating or enhancing interoperability among providers.

Strengthening infrastructure

A strong and thriving health safety net requires a solid, well-functioning infrastructure. To this end, VHCF may consider proposals which will help an individual health safety net provider develop some part of its organization (e.g. technology planning and implementation and organizational assessment) or help a group of health safety net providers develop and/or implement a relevant and effective infrastructure initiative.

It’s important to note that VHCF does not fund projects that are just good ideas, it funds projects that are great ideas backed by well thought out plans of action. Applications are scrutinized thoroughly to ensure strong project leadership, a well articulated vision, a solid operating plan, community support, and long term financial viability.

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  • To be eligible for consideration for a VHCF grant, organizations must be:
    • A public agency or private non-profit holding a 501(c)(3) tax-exemption;
    • An organization with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt fiscal sponsor; or
    • An applicant for federal tax-exemption under 501(c)(3).
  • Free clinics or Community Health Centers applying for grants must be members in good standing with either the Virginia Association of Free Clinics or the Virginia Community Healthcare Association.
  • Detailed information on VHCF grants dedicated to improving access to care can be found in VHCF’s Grant Guidelines manual.


  • VHCF grants cannot be used to:
    • Fund research projects that lack a direct primary care service component;
    • Replace funding from a previously-existing source, public or private, which has been reduced or eliminated;
    • Fund portions of existing operations; or
    • Underwrite sponsorships.


This page was last reviewed September 03, 2020 and last updated August 15, 2020