Virginia Health Care Foundation Invites Concept Papers for Health Safety Net Grants

The Virginia Health Care Foundation helps uninsured Virginians and those who live in underserved communities receive medical, dental, and mental health care.

In support of this mission, the foundation is accepting concept papers for its Health Safety Net Grants. Through the program, grants will be awarded in support of innovative programs that address primary care needs in Virginia communities, including medical, dental, and/or mental health care, or to replicate one of VHCF’s Models that Made It.

The foundation will give preference to proposals that address one or more of the following priorities: developing or expanding patient capacity, including 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; establishing a broader scope of services, including initiatives 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; creating local systems of care, including collaborative efforts aimed at achieving greater synergies and efficiencies, both for patients and for the collaborating organizations; and strengthening infrastructure, including proposals dedicated to assisting individual health safety net provider develop some part of its organization (e.g., technology planning and implementation and organizational assessment) or helping a group of health safety net providers develop and/or implement a relevant and effective infrastructure initiative.

To be eligible, applicants must be a public agency or private nonprofit with tax exempt status as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or have a fiscal sponsor with such status), or be an applicant for federal tax exemption under section 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.

Concept papers are due July 12. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

See the Virginia Health Care Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.