Access to Health Care

Factors like poverty and discrimination create social and economic barriers to equitable access to quality health care. Lack of access to health care can lead to disease progression, higher treatment costs and even premature death. Despite the expansion of Medicaid in Virginia, barriers to access remain for oral and behavioral health care. In order to achieve health equity, we must remove barriers to care and reduce health disparities.

Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health

Demand for behavioral health care services is significant. And, given the impacts of the pandemic, we anticipate behavioral health needs will continue to increase. When these needs go unmet, overall health is impacted. We seek to fund quality, accessible behavioral health services for socioeconomically disadvantaged, marginalized and/or vulnerable populations including (but not limited to) people of color, children, LGBTQ individuals, older adults and immigrants.

In response to the recommendations of both cohorts of RMHF’s Equity + Health Fellows, RMHF has committed 25 percent of its Behavioral Health Care funding to support policy and advocacy efforts.

See who we are currently funding as part of our 2019-2020 Grant Cycle See who we supported with COVID-19 Response Grants

Oral Health

Oral Health

We recognize 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 oral health disparities still exists.

As a result of advocacy efforts (supported in part by RMHF), beginning in January 2021, Medicaid enrollees will be eligible for oral health coverage!

See who we are currently funding

Capacity Building

The National Council of Nonprofits defines capacity-building as “whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission into the future. Capacity building is not a one-time effort to improve short-term effectiveness, but a continuous improvement strategy toward the creation of a sustainable and effective organization.”

In response to the recommendations of both cohorts of our Equity + Health Fellows, we are committed to providing capacity-building funding to nonprofits to advance health equity.

We strategically focus on supporting grassroots and Black and Brown-led organizations.

We award capacity building grants on a quarterly basis for one-year duration or less with a maximum amount of $15,000. Grants are awarded as general operating support if deemed appropriate. An organization may receive only one capacity-building grant award in the calendar year.

We invite proposals that are mission-aligned with RMHF and are working towards improving access and quality of health care to underserved community members, and identify one or more organizational capacity needs in the following areas:*

  • Financial sustainability
  • Governance and board development
  • Grant writing skills
  • Internal operations and management
  • Leadership development
  • Learning and evaluation
  • Policy and advocacy development
  • Staff development
  • Strategic planning
  • Technology/software to improve services

*Other identified capacity-building needs will also be considered. Direct care services, and indirect or capital costs are not allowable.

See who we funded earlier this year

Applying for Funding

Grant cycles for all of these focus areas are currently closed. Sign up for our eNewsletter to stay informed or Contact Lisa Bender with questions.

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