An Obligation to Confront the Sources
of Health Disparities, Not Just the Symptoms

Grant Resources


Our Mission

Fostering an equitable and healthy Richmond region.

Our Approach
  • We work to address the social, economic and structural conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes. We do so with a recognition of the role that racism plays in inequities.  We operate with a sense of urgency and a deep commitment to long-term change, emboldened by the resilience, creativity, and capacity of our communities.

  • We nurture relationships and invest in solutions to eliminate health disparities in our region.

  • We work collaboratively as investors, conveners, learners, and network builders with our communities. We look for partners and allies who share our values and are committed to analysis, community engagement, action, impact, and accountability.

  • We celebrate the diversity of our region and affirm the critical need for inclusion in decision-making and shared action that leads to improved and more equitable health outcomes.

  • We invest primarily in Chesterfield County, Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, Powhatan County, and Richmond City, and are open to considering regional and statewide investments that align with and advance our mission.

Our Values

Our work is guided by our mission and our values:

  • Equity: We commit to act in ways that promote fairness in opportunity for all people.

  • Inclusion: We recognize, value and seek to better understand and integrate the contributions and experiences of all members of our community.

  • Learning: We are curious, eager to listen to and learn with our partners, and focused on how data can lead to responsible action.

  • Respect: We honor the diverse voices, perspectives and experiences of the people in our communities.

  • Stewardship: We responsibly manage our investment resources in alignment with our values and mission.

  • Transparency: We are accessible and honest in our communication.

  • Impact: We invest in people, organizations, ideas and solutions leading to positive, sustainable change in our communities.

Our Priorities

Our priority areas for engagement and investment are described in our strategic framework.  Any updates to the strategic framework will be shared.

Our Geographical Area

We invest primarily in Chesterfield County, Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, Powhatan County, and Richmond City, and are open to considering regional and statewide investments that align with and advance our mission.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for funding RMHF, organizations must meet the following requirements:

  • Be mission-aligned with RMHF and have a commitment towards advancing health equity and reducing health disparities.

  • Be a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt public charity organization verified through a charity check that meets IRS criteria, or

  • Be a governmental entity

  • Be located within, or having program(s) focused within Chesterfield County, Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, Powhatan County, and Richmond City. Organizations located or having program(s) outside this geographic area may be considered at the discretion of the Foundation.

In certain circumstances, nonprofit organizations not classified as a public charity 501(c)(3) organization may be considered for fiscal sponsorship at the discretion of the Foundation. The grant project must relate to a fiscal sponsor’s written mission statement and charitable purpose, and meet other sponsorship requirements.

The Foundation does not fund:*

  • Capital Costs.

  • Clinical research or trials.
  • Costs, assessments or fees associated with other funding/grant awards.

  • Direct grants to individuals, scholarships or emergency financial assistance.

  • Direct political lobbying.

  • Endowment funds not associated with RMHF.

  • Indirect costs associated with a grant.

  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, religious affiliation, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, or veteran status either in their employment or their service policies, or any other status protected by law.

  • Sectarian religious activities.

  • Supplanting of existing government or other source of funding.

* Please note this is not an all-inclusive list.

Types of Engagement and Investment

RMHF engages in various strategies to address our priorities in a manner aligned with our mission and values. As we continue our learning journey, we continue to explore new strategies.

  • Advocacy and policy

  • Art-based projects
  • Collaborative planning and action

  • Community engagement

  • Convenings and public events

  • Grantee capacity building and technical assistance

  • Internal capacity building

  • Learning and Evaluation
  •  Organizational and leadership development, with priority given to grassroots organizations, and groups and organizations led by people of color

  • Program development

  • Research and analysis

We anticipate investing in new strategies and mechanisms as we learn more from our partners about evolving challenges and approaches.

Application Process

Depending on the grantmaking strategy applied by RMHF, online application links will either be posted on the RMHF website or made available to organizations invited to apply for a grant. Generally, a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be released to invite applications. RMHF is committed to making our application process accessible to all and will provide specific guidelines with RFP releases. As part of the application process, a site visit may be scheduled.

Funding recommendations are presented to the Foundation’s Program & Evaluation Committee and the Board of Trustees at their quarterly meetings. A decision will be made to award all, none or some partial amount of the request. Organizations are notified within one week of the final Committee/Board decision as appropriate. RMHF can be contacted at any time during the application process with questions or to learn about the status of a request.

Grant Reporting Requirements

RMHF believes in right-sizing reporting requirements to reduce unnecessary, redundant or burdensome questions that do not contribute to the Foundation’s understanding or learning about a grant. The following factors will be taken into consideration for reporting requirements:

  • Amount of the grant
  • New organization or prior grantee
  • General operating support or project grant
  • One year or multi-year funding
  • Renewal of grant funding

RMHF reserves the right to amend, modify or waive grant guidelines if the Foundation deems it appropriate or necessary to do so.

For more information about RMHF or for questions concerning the Grant Guidelines and/or Eligibility Criteria, please contact Lisa Bender, Grants Manager at (804) 282-6282 or [email protected]

Click Here for the PDF version of the guidelines and eligibility criteria.

Opportunities for Grant Funding

As part of RMHF’s ongoing commitment to living our mission and to addressing the social, economic and structural conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes, RMHF Trustees and staff will support diverse strategic grantmaking opportunities during the year. All grant announcements about grant funding opportunities will be posted on RMHF’s website and through other social media. The Foundation, at the Trustees’ discretion, will consider general operating support.

Grant Awards

If the request is approved, a Grant Agreement will be drafted establishing the scope of the award, reporting procedures, payment schedules, evaluation criteria as well as any conditions associated with the grant award. Commitments or expenditures incurred prior to the execution of a Letter of Agreement with the Foundation are not considered part of the proposal and will not be reimbursed.

Racial Equity Training

As part of the Foundation’s commitment to live into the recommendations of the 2017 Equity + Health Fellows, all grantees will be invited to attend a racial equity training offered by RMHF. Any specific training requirements will be noted in RFPs.

Grant Evaluation

RMHF values learning and evaluation, and we look forward to ongoing engagement with grantees to understand the challenges, successes and outcomes of grant work. We also value feedback and recommendations related to any aspect of the grant process or future funding. All grantees will be required to submit progress and/or final reports. RMHF may contract with external evaluators to assist in our learning, depending on the scope of work.

Access to Health Care Grants

FY 2020 Access to Oral Health Care Open Call for Proposals

Since 1998, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) has invested in building a healthier Richmond region. Our mission is explicit regarding our commitment to fostering an equitable and healthy Richmond region. We work to address the social, economic and structural conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes, with a commitment to health equity and a recognition of the role that race and ethnicity play in contributing to and sustaining health disparities and inequities. We invest primarily in Richmond City and the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico and Powhatan, and will consider regional and statewide investments that align with and advance our mission.

RMHF recognizes that oral health affects individuals’ overall health and is linked to a number of chronic conditions including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer, as well as emotional well-being. The 2016 Virginia Oral Health Report Card showed that a considerable number of adults in Virginia have no dental coverage, and there are significant oral health disparities among African Americans and Hispanic adults. Even with Virginia’s Medicaid expansion, the need to improve access to oral health care to reduce heath disparities still exists, especially since there is no comprehensive Medicaid adult dental benefit. 

 In this grant cycle, RMHF invites proposals that are mission-aligned with RMHF and work towards reducing oral health disparities for socioeconomically disadvantaged, marginalized and/or vulnerable populations including people of color, new immigrants, older adults and people with disabilities. 

In response to the recommendations of both cohorts of our Equity + Health Fellows, we will significantly increase RMHF’s investments to support policy and advocacy work. Within the Access to Health Care portfolio, we will commit at least 25 percent of our dollars targeting Oral Health to support policy and advocacy efforts.

Application and Selection Process Timeline:

Application and Selection Process Timeline RFP Release  November 6, 2019 
Application Deadline  December 12, 2019 
Site Visits Conducted for Finalists  Early 2020 
Awards Announced  Beginning of March, 2020 
Equity Training Session  TBD 
View the Full RFP

HEArts: Equity in Action

Health Equity and Arts (HEArts) Program

Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) invited non-profit organizations located in the counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan and the city of Richmond working with artists of their choice to apply for grants that would support artists’ participation using various forms of art and creative expression to engage community residents. The ongoing engagement efforts are intended to lift up community voice and perspective to foster creative solutions for achieving health and/or housing equity.

Health Equity and the Built Environment

Richmond Memorial Health Foundation is explicitly committed to supporting and convening efforts that address the social, economic, and structural conditions that contribute to poor health outcomes for individuals and families. We apply this commitment by intentionally approaching our work with an emphasis on racial and ethnic equity, recognizing health disparities are closely linked to race and ethnicity. Additionally, RMHF recognizes the critical role the built environment plays in an individual’s overall health and well-being.

RMHF will be awarding up to $350,000 for Housing & the Built Environment funding. If your organization would like to apply for one of these grant opportunities, please note the following dates:
  • February 1, 2019 – Call for Proposals released
  • March 15, 2019 – Deadline for completed applications
  • Mid-May, 2019 – Grantees announced
Please note that external reviewers from outside the Richmond region will be evaluating these proposals.
View the Full RFP

We are not currently accepting applications for health equity and the built environment grants.

Responsive Grant
Opportunities (RGO)

Responsive Grant Opportunity (RGO) funding allows Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF) to offer timely support for opportunities on a rolling basis to advance the foundation’s mission of fostering an equitable and healthy Richmond region outside and beyond our strategic grant opportunities.

These funds permit eligible organizations and community groups to apply for funding to respond in a time-sensitive manner to a local or regional mission-aligned issue. RGO funds may also be used to leverage or match funding from other sources, such as funding from other foundations or government funding.  Responsive Grant Opportunity applications are typically for $2,000 or less, and cannot exceed $10,000. The total amount of funding available in 2018-2019 for Responsive Grant Opportunities is $100,000. Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis until funding is exhausted.

  • Organizations must provide services in RMHF’s funding area (Richmond City and the Counties of Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, and Powhatan)
  • Organization must be a registered 501(c)(3) or government entity.
  • Please review RMHF’s grant guidelines prior to applying.

Applicants are generally notified of funding decisions within 15 business days of application receipt.  Response times may be delayed during major holidays.

View the RGO guidelinesla versión en español

We are not currently accepting RGO applications.

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History of

Fiscal Year 2018

Collaboration, Community and Peer Learning to Promote Health Equity

Central Virginia Family Resiliency Project: Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now), Family Lifeline, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University and community members, $90,000 to provide substance abuse treatment to approximately 30 women who are pregnant or have children.

Community Partners in Oral Health: CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, Capital Area Health Network, Daily Planet, Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services, Virginia Oral Health Coalition and Community Health Solutions, $90,000 for an equity-guided oral health needs assessment to understand the factors preventing low-income individuals and families from accessing oral health services in order to improve outreach and service design.

East End Planning Coalition for Older Adults: VCU School of Nursing, Homeward, Richmond City Health Department, Virginia Center on Aging, Greater Richmond Age Wave, Senior Connections, HomeAgain, St. Joseph’s Villa, Richmond Opportunities, Inc., Bon Secours Sarah Garland Jones Center, Health Quality Innovators, Lucy Corr Dental Clinic for Older Adults and FeedMore, $140,326 to address housing and service needs of extremely low-income older adults in the Richmond Region. NOTE: The award exceeds the $100,000 cap for individual applicants because this project combines two proposals that were submitted separately and were subsequently combined to strengthen the work on shared goals.

Health Equity in the Latino Population (HELP): YMCA, CrossOver Healthcare Ministry, American Heart Association, Sacred Heart Center, Daily Planet, La Casa de la Salud and two community members, $80,000 for an asset-based community needs assessment to determine the strengths and needs of the Latino community in Richmond’s Southside and Chesterfield County.

Medical-Legal Partnership: Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, VCU Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Richmond and a community member, $75,000 to support the integration of an attorney into the hospital’s clinical team to provide education and training for families and staff on housing, debt, medical benefits, employment, insurance and other topics that can improve health outcomes.

Research Project on the Sustainability of Regional Health Care Navigation within the Greater Richmond Region Sexual and Domestic Violence Collaborative: YWCA, Goochland Free Clinic, Hanover Safe Place, The James House, Project Hope, Safe Harbor, and research and community representatives, $75,000  to determine whether a health care navigator position previously funded by RMHF could be expanded to support survivors of domestic violence throughout the region.

Youth Housing Stability Coalition: United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg, Side by Side, Virginia Anti-Violence Project, Nationz Foundation, Advocates for Richmond Youth, and other research, youth, and community members, $149,791 to address housing instability with a focus on LGBTQ+ youth, immigrant and refugee youth, and young people of color. NOTE: The award exceeds the $100,000 cap for individual applicants because this project combines two proposals that were submitted separately and were subsequently combined to strengthen the work on shared goals.

Race Forward/Center for Social Inclusion: $29,750 to lead training sessions with the collaborative team grantees on the topics of racial equity, collaboration and power dynamics.

Fiscal Year 2017

Access to Health Care
Strategic Planning
  • Armstrong Priorities Freshman Academy – $15,000 to support a behavioral specialist in a pilot program that could serve as a model for classroom management in other high schools.
  • Central Virginia Health Serv – $14,000 to train behavioral health staff in order to ensure a consistent and effective approach to behavior management for all patients.
  • Daily Planet – $25,000 to address strategic questions surrounding capacity needed to provide oral health care to Hispanic patients and pregnant women.
  • Family Lifeline – $15,000 to explore diversification of program-generated income, an issue identified in the organization’s strategic business planning process.
  • Gateway Homes – $15,000 to improve efficiency in reimbursements for behavioral health services and to ensure that procedures remain up to date in response to changes in Medicaid policies.
  • Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services – $20,000 to guide staff communications and development strategies aimed at ensuring a smooth transition from a group of separate locations to one common facility.
  • Health Brigade – $20<,000 for a facilitated exploration of how to best serve the older adult LGBTQ population in the Richmond Region. The assessment will look at gaps in services, how to address those gaps and the identification of potential collaborations that can improve health outcomes for this population.
  • Sacred Heart Center – $25,000 to develop a strategic plan for improving outreach and communication in its role as a community hub providing services for the growing immigrant population that include hosting a medical clinic and food bank, and offering parenting classes that support good health.
  • St. Joseph’s Villa – $25,000 to improve recruitment and retention of mental health professionals in order to ensure quality and consistency of service, and to sustain a pipeline of future employees through collaborations with education partners.
  • Virginia Dental Association Foundation – $10,000 for development of a strategic communications strategy to strengthen education on the need for dental care and oral health, and to improve collaboration with program partners in order to build capacity.
  • Virginia Supportive Housing – $25,000 for development of a multi-year sustainability plan guiding training, capacity and systems to support a Medicaid reimbursement model for services.
  • Voices for Virginia’s Children – $25,000 to strengthen the organization’s communications capacity in order to increase public awareness statewide and ensure effective advocacy for children’s behavioral health services.
  • YWCA Richmond – $25,000 to develop a master plan guiding the organization’s capacity needs in response to expanding programs and growth in the number of clients and staff. Services include trauma-focused counseling, trained advocates who provide support for domestic and sexual violence survivors seeking medical treatment at local hospitals, emergency shelter, a 24/7 hotline, prevention and education programming, advocacy, and case management.
Equity + Health Fellowships ($12,000 each)
Equity and Health
HEArts Visiting Artists
  • Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, Field Studio $10,000
  • Lauren DeSimone $10,000
  • Free Egunfemi, Ashley Hawkins and Kelley Libby $10,000
  • Barry Wilder O’Keefe $10,000
  • Kevin Orlosky and Art on Wheels $10,000
  • Eva Rocha $10,000
  • Alfonso Perez Acosta $1,500
  • Hamilton Glass and Unity Street $1,500
Invest Health RVA/Market Value Analysis
Impact Investing

Fiscal Year 2016

  • Access Now – $40,000 over one year to coordinate specialty medical care for safety-net patients served by the region’s Free Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and local Health Departments.

  • Alzheimer’s Association – $30,000 over one year to support client engagement programs, care consultation and respite care services for individuals affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, and their caregivers.

  • Better Housing Coalition – $50,000 over one year to provide low-income senior residents living in BHC facilities with access to appropriate physical and emotional support, thereby enabling residents to age in place.

  • Circle Center Adult Day Services – $170,000 to renovate and furnish additional space in order to increase service capacity as well as professional development for current staff.

  • Code for America – $50,000 over one year to fund a coding team within the City of Richmond to develop a smart phone application for newly insured individuals to better understand the health care market.

  • Daily Planet – $160,000 over two years to continue integration of medical and behavioral health services for the clinic’s diabetic patients, and to assist other clinics in replicating the model.

  • Fan Free Clinic – $100,000 over one year to improve services provided through the integration of its behavioral, public health and transgender health services through a Patient Centered Medical Home Model of Care.

  • Free Clinic of Powhatan – $80,000 over two years for operational support for its comprehensive medical and health services for the County’s low-income, uninsured residents.

  • Gateway Homes – $25,000 over one year to support an on-site nurse practitioner.

  • Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services – $54,000 over one year for support of its comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health services for the County’s low-income, uninsured residents.

  • Greater Richmond Fit4Kids – $150,000 over three years to expand physical activity and wellness programs for children in targeted elementary schools in Richmond, Hopewell, Henrico, and Chesterfield.

  • Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence – $100,000 over two years to provide operating support to its four core programs: ConnectVA, HandsOn Greater Richmond, Organizational Solutions and Nonprofit Learning Point.

  • Richmond Academy of Medicine Trust – $30,000 to design and adopt a model to address end-of-life planning in the Richmond Region.

  • RX Partnership – $20,000 over one year to provide free medication to low-income, uninsured patients in the greater Richmond Region.

  • Senior Connections and VCU Department of Gerontology – $250,000 over two years to continue implementing and expanding the Greater Richmond Age Wave Plan.

  • South Richmond Adult Day Care Center – $100,000 over two years to provide on-site health care and prevention services by a registered nurse.

  • Tricycle Gardens – $30,000 over one year to address food insecurity by growing and distributing healthy local produce to neighborhood corner markets located in recognized food deserts.

  • Virginia League for Planned Parenthood – $200,000 over three years to provide primary and urgent care clinic services during weekend hours for the region’s safety-net patients.

  • Virginia Supportive Housing – $100,000 over two years to improve the physical and behavioral health of individuals served by the agency.

  • VCU Department of Psychology and Hayes E. Willis Clinic – $100,000 over two years to establish a bilingual pediatric training site and support the health needs of Latino children served by the Hayes E. Willis Clinic.

  • Virginia Treatment Center for Children – $200,000 over three years to support families navigating the mental health care system for their children.

  • YMCA of Greater Richmond – $150,000 over two years for diabetes educational programming.

Fiscal Year 2015

  • Access Now – $40,000 over one year to coordinate specialty medical care for safety-net patients served by the region’s Free Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers and local Health Departments.

  • Better Housing Coalition – $50,000 over one year to provide health education, counseling support services and medical case management services to residents living in BHC facilities, thereby enabling residents to age in place.

  • Capital Area Health Network – $100,000 over one year for Registered Nurses to support patient care teams in case management, care coordination and quality improvement.

  • ChildSavers – $55,000 over one year to improve the intake process to better match client needs with clinical expertise and the type of therapy needed.

  • Council On Foundations – $13,000 over one year to support general operating expenses of the Council.

  • CrossOver Healthcare Ministry – $100,000 over one year to enhance patient care through the improvement of interdisciplinary care models, focusing on integrated wellness care and addressing social determinants of health.

  • East District Family Resource Center – $50,000 over one year to coordinate health interventions and programs offered by various community organizations in the Richmond City 7th District.

  • Family Lifeline – $62,400 over one year to improve program services for older adults and people with disabilities, strengthen referral partnerships, and identify ways for Family Lifeline to recruit, train, and retain a qualified workforce.

  • Fan Free Clinic – $100,000 over one year to expand patient access by increasing clinic hours, increasing volunteer providers and broadening community outreach through targeted partnerships.

  • Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services – $100,000 over one year to provide comprehensive medical, dental and behavioral health services for the County’s uninsured.

  • A Grace Place Adult Day Care Center – $75,000 over one year for a Case/Quality Assurance Manager to provide licensure oversight, track client health indicators, and work with caretakers to support nursing staff in their duties and to facilitate clients’ wellness practices when they are at home.

  • Health Exchange Financial Assistance Program – $30,000 over one year to support a pilot program that engages newly insured individuals though a series of educational programs and one-on-one coaching.

  • Lucy Corr Foundation – $20,000 over one year to support operations and services provided through the dental clinic at Lucy Corr Village and partnering community programs.

  • Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers – $75,000 over one year to support Bike/Walk RVA, an initiative working to build safe, connected and accessible networks of bike and pedestrian infrastructure in the region.

  • Philanthropy New York – $15,000 over one year to support the Asset Funders Network and the Health-Wealth Funders Brief.

  • Richmond High Blood Pressure Center – $20,000 over six months to support operations.

  • RX Partnership – $20,000 over one year to provide free medication to low-income, uninsured patients and serve as a resource to safety-net organizations in the greater Richmond Region.

  • Tricycle Gardens – $30,000 over one year to support food access programming including the Corner Farm, RVA’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative, Four Season Farmers’ Markets and nutrition education classes/food skills classes.

  • Virginia Dental Association Foundation – $20,000 over one year to support comprehensive dental care needs of individuals who are disabled, elderly, medically compromised and unable to afford services in the Richmond Region.

  • YWCA of Richmond – $50,000 over one year to support health navigation and other support services for the RHART Program and victims of domestic violence.

Affiliated Organizations

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