History of Grantmaking

These grants have been approved by the RMHF Trustees during the following fiscal years.

COVID-19 Response Grants

Behavioral Health Services

$10,000 each to the organizations noted below for the provision of behavioral health services:

$7,500 each to the health safety net organizations noted below for the provision of behavioral health services:

$5,000 each to the organizations noted below for technology purchase to support telehealth:

Support for Non-English Speaking, Refugee, and Immigrant Populations

The following are funding recommendations for the first phase grantmaking response to COVID-19:

$10,000 to provide health and human services and/or emergency assistance:

$1,400 to translate and provide factual, language appropriate COVID-19 safety and response information:

Senior Citizens

Caregiver Services (focused on supporting in-home health care)

Technology (focused on enhancing the delivery of in-home services)

Health Safety Net COVID-19 Grants

$10,000 to our nine Health Safety Net Partners:

Collaborative Grantmaking


Increasing Access to Health Care Through Behavioral Health


Increasing Access to Health Care Through Capacity Building Grants


Access to Oral Health Care Grants


Increasing Access to Health Care to Our Core Safety Net Partners


Health Equity Action Leadership (HEAL) 


Advancing Health Equity Through Arts & Culture (HEArts)


Health Equity and the Built Environment


Collaborative Funding


Other Funding

Access to Health Care

  • Advocates in Parenting– $8,690 over eleven months to support psychoeducational parenting groups for Latinx parents to help identify and understand the impact of stress factors that affect both them and their children as they assimilate into a new culture.
  • Better Housing Coalition (BHC)– $25,000 over seven months to support a continuation of coordinated care services to seniors and disabled adults living in BHC’s North Richmond housing to age in place.
  • Blue Sky Fund– $25,000 over one year to support outdoor experiential learning opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Richmond Public Schools through the Explorers program to help students to become more resilient and motivated in school to improve academic performance.
  • Challenge Discovery Projects– $15,000 over one year to support the acquisition, IT support and staff training of a medical management system to enhance billing and collection of data for Challenge Discovery Projects’ outpatient adolescent emotional health and substance abuse clinic.
  • Faces of HOPE– $25,000 over one year to support pediatric obesity programming for Latinx children and parents (or guardians) that come from mostly below the poverty level and suffer from health problems with the goal of breaking the cycle of obesity.
  • Family Lifeline– $40,000 over one year to support behavioral health initiatives.
  • Greater Richmond SCAN (Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now)- $35,000 over eleven months to help support a Behavioral Health Organizer to increase SCAN’s community engagement work to promote healing through empowerment and to build resilience.
  • Jewish Family Services (JFS)– $10,000 over three months to support exploring strategies to provide behavioral health services to low-income children and families in the East End.
  • Lucy Corr Foundation– $40,000 over one year to support low-income seniors’ dental care from the Richmond region at Lucy Corr’s dental clinic.
  • Reach Out for Life– $21,650 over one year to support Community Health Workers providing information to primarily low-income underserved Latina women about early detection of breast cancer and access to imaging procedures in the Richmond community.
  • Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation– $35,000 over one year to support a pilot program for school educators to receive yoga and mindfulness training and to apply these practices to help promote students’ social emotional health and to improve their academic performance.
  • Virginia Dental Association Foundation (VDAF)– $25,000 over one year to support VDAF’s Donated Dental Services (DDS) program to provide dental care to low-income seniors and adults with disabilities in the Richmond region.
  • Virginia Health Catalyst -$35,000 over one year to support an initiative to advocate for a comprehensive dental benefit for all adults enrolled in Virginia’s Medicaid program.
  • Voices for Virginia’s Children (Voices)– $35,000 over one year to support educating Virginia lawmakers about disparities in mental health outcomes for children of color who have experienced trauma and understanding the equity implications of policy decisions.

Health Safety Net Partners

General Operating Support grants over one year to support Access to Health Care safety net partners.

Other Access Grants

  • Richmond City Health District– $11,061 over ten months to support the evaluation of a pilot program at Richmond Community Hospital with Richmond City Health District Community Health Workers in the emergency department to reduce overutilization.
  • Virginia Poverty Law Center– $25,000 over four months to support a bilingual navigator’s work to provide outreach, education and assistance for individual enrollment in Marketplace and Medicaid health care coverage.

Health Equity and the Built Environment 

  • Children’s Home Society of Virginia– $50,000 to underwrite a Policy Analyst to coordinate advocacy work, including research analysis, increasing public awareness (speaking, publications and media outreach), educating legislators and administrators, and coalition work. RMHF funds also provide aged out youth (AOY) a year of safe housing and weekly mental health counseling and dental service.
  • Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) and the Medical Legal Partnership–  $50,000 to provide legal interventions, outreach, education and practical tools to families in the Greater Richmond area with children treated at the Children’s Hospital living in substandard housing conditions with the intent of interrupting the disparate impact on health that families living in poverty face due to poor housing conditions for Legal Interventions for Improved Pediatric Health in the Built Environment
  • Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME)– $50,000 to prevent people in the Richmond area from enduring traditional eviction proceedings. In an effort to save tenants, landlords and taxpayers the cost and burden to community resources, and avoid the distress that often accompanies evictions, HOME’s Eviction Diversion program works with the City of Richmond and Central Virginia Legal Aid Society to support 300 people.
  •  VCU Foundation (RVA Eviction Lab)– $50,000 to interrupt the destabilizing and politically demobilizing effects of housing instability caused by eviction. The project seeks to build networks, support neighborhood-based organizing, facilitate political advocacy, and engage in data-driven policy development at the state and local levels in Virginia – with specific attention in Richmond. One project outcome will be a replicable model for building community capacity and addressing housing instability in communities across Virginia.
  • Manufactured Home Community Coalition of Virginia– $50,000 to support activities that increase housing quality, stability, and opportunity in Richmond’s mobile/manufactured home parks. MHCCV will conduct resident engagement in parks to understand needs, educate local officials on challenges and solutions, develop new and equitable financing options for mobile homes, advocate for statewide policy reform, promote park preservation through nonprofit and resident ownership of mobile home communities, and publicly advance a positive image of mobile home parks to dispel unfounded stereotypes.
  • Richmond Opportunities, Inc. (ROI), in collaboration with RRHA, Richmond City Health District and others- $50,000 to ensure residents in Creighton are supported through their transition to healthy housing of choice. The focus areas are to: (1) provide holistic coaching/case management to households throughout any rehabilitation or redevelopment process; (2) empower residents to lead communications and community building in their neighborhood; (3) organize service partners to develop an efficient network of providers focused on successful housing transition; (4) continuously evaluate to improve services, monitor results, and develop a model that can be replicated to other public housing communities. This is part of The Creighton People Plan: Resident Voice and Transition Services in Public Housing Redevelopment.
  • Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation– $50,000 to address the racial wealth gap, and related health inequities, by providing comprehensive financial, employment, and homebuyer counseling to people of color living on the Southside of Richmond. This year, SCDHC will integrate its HUD approved Comprehensive Housing Counseling program with Virginia LISC’s Financial Opportunity Center. Funds will support the integration of services, through creation of a continuum model, integration plan, and staff development. Funds will also support SCDHC’s efforts to communicate about the new FOC by creating a communications plan and collateral materials, in both English and Spanish.
  • Urban Hope– $10,000 to engage in a six-month, consultant-led planning process that will draw input from Board, staff, tenants, clients, and all other stakeholders to create a 3-5-year plan.

HEArts Equity in Action

Grants up to one year to support community engagement with vulnerable populations to foster creative solutions for achieving health and/or housing equity.

  • ART 180– $20,000 partnering with artist Ian Gerson to support their theatrical work with Thomas Jefferson High School students to help give a voice to mental health struggles of teens.
  • Girls For A Change– $20,000 partnering with artist Hamilton Glass to support girls of color from the Richmond area to develop art and creative expression projects reflecting their stories of trauma and triumphs.
  • Family Lifeline– $20,000 partnering with artists Gigi Amateau and Penelope Carrington to support a photo-narrative project with long-term care providers to uplift their voices by exploring issues of wellness, identity, and care through story, poetry, and image.
  • Sacred Heart Center– $20,000 partnering with artist Alfonso Perez Acosta to support the Casa Lapiz art program for Latino students attending the Boushall Middle School to explore art through an equity and health lens.
  • Thriving Cities Group– $20,000 partnering with artists Hamilton Glass and Alfonso Perez Acosta to support Latinx and Black youth learning about equity and health while enhancing the beauty and safety of Jefferson Davis Corridor neighborhoods using street art and bike path advocacy.

Impact Investing

  • HumanKind– $4,750 over three months to support the examination of HumanKind’s readiness to become a Community Development Financial Institution to provide loan opportunities for low-wealth individuals for vehicle financing in the Richmond region.
  • Virginia Supportive Housing – $40,000 as general operating support
  • Virginia Community Capital – $20,000 Virginia Impact Investing Forum strategic planning grant

Responsive Grant Opportunities 

  • ART 180– $6,980 over two months to support the partnership with artist Hamilton Glass to lead community engagement workshops in creating a mural that will highlight grassroots African American leaders in the Richmond community.  The mural will be displayed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
  • La Casa De La Salud– $9,790 over one year to support the certification of Hispanic Community Health Workers (CHWs) as well as the creation of a Hispanic CHWs Association.
  • Elk Hill– $3,000 over six months to support a collaborative songwriting music program for underserved, at-risk students from the Richmond region for the current 2018-19 school year.
  • Equality Virginia– $2,000 over one month to support the participation of Spanish speaking transgender individuals at the Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit TIES through Spanish language interpreters.
  • Groundwork RVA– $10,000 over nine months to support strategic planning for the board to better understand the social enterprise model for sustaining its work to improve the built environment for residents and promoting social justice.
  • Help Me Help You Foundation-  $5,000 over two and a half months to support a study of individuals and families affected by incarceration through community participation in conducting needs assessments, individualized plans of action, collection of data and follow-up assessment.
  • Richmond City Health District– $9,000 over three months to support fiscal sponsorship to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of the Community Health Workers model across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging– $10,000 to support a matching grant from the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to improve housing stability for older adults by building the capacity of local No Wrong Door networks.
  • Virginia Civic Engagement Table– $5,000 over five months to support efforts to ensure an accurate 2020 Census count in the Richmond region working with a coalition of community organizations as well as doing census advocacy work.
  • Virginia Department of Health: Office of Equity– $7,500 over one month to support a state-level LGBTQ+ health equity symposium that will focus on Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ community members that highlights their resilience, identifies obstacles to health equity and creates awareness about the issues.
  • Virginia Housing Alliance– $5,000 over three months to support VHA hosting “Housing Virginia’s Most Vulnerable Conference”, with the theme of “Housing is Health.” The conference provides housing and homeless providers the opportunity to do networking and professional development.
  • Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy– $10,000 to support Medicaid outreach and enrollment through the faith community at planned congregational events.
  • Voices for Virginia’s Children– $3,000 over one month to support the retreat facilitation of staff and board members’ training around issues of equity and how to apply the learning to their policy and advocacy work.
  • Virginia Department of Health, Office of Health Equity $25,000 – Explorers Program – Active Outdoor Learning for Urban Elementary School Students

Other Approved Grants: 

  • CultureWorks-$5,000 over three months to support artists’ stipends and staff time for the community art artober VA 2018 event at Better Housing Coalition’s Lincoln Mews apartment community.
  • City of Richmond-$1,416.81 to support costs associated with the participation of the City of Richmond’s, Chief of Fire Department and Emergency Services, at the Government Alliance on Race and Equity/Race Forward (GARE) conference.
  • City of Richmond- $7,500 over one month to support the City of Richmond’s Fire Department and Emergency Services co-hosting of the 28th annual Equity and Diversity Conference.
  • Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME)- $10,000
  • Initiatives of Change, USA– $2,500 general operating support over three months to support health and equity in the Richmond region through community engagement and leadership building.
  • Maggie Walker Community Land Trust – $25,000 general operating support over six months to support increased affordable homeownership opportunities for low to moderate income households in the Richmond region.
  • Partnership for Housing Affordability– $75,000 over three years to support the development of a Richmond regional housing framework to provide strategy recommendations to localities to improve housing and neighborhood conditions.
  • The Valentine – $3,500 to support the Voices from Virginia’s Hidden Epidemic exhibit
  • Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF)– $10,000 over eight months to support collaborative funding of VHCF’s Medicaid Expansion Outreach and Enrollment Training SignUpNow.

Access to Health Care Safety Net Partners General Operating Support


Medicaid Expansion

These grantees, in which total funding is one million over two years, help support Virginia’s Medicaid expansion through RMHF’s fall 2018 Promoting Equity and Health Through Access to Care funding strategy.


Policy and Advocacy Partners


Equity + Health Fellowships (Class Two)

$10,000 awarded to each Class 2 fellow (or their organization) over two years  


Collaboration, Community and Peer Learning to Promote Health Equity


Invest Health Partners 


Other Approved Grants 

  • SOAR365 (formerly Greater Richmond ARC)- $50,000 over one year to support the enrollment of A Grace Place’s (AGP) adults with developmental, physical and age-related disabilities into ARC’s organization to provide Adult Day Support and Adult Day Health services. These clients lost their service provider as a result of AGP’s closure.
  • New City Commons Foundation – $32,000 over one year as fiscal sponsor for Thriving Cities Group to support community advocates and assistants working in the Jefferson Davis Corridor to do community outreach as part of Thriving Cities’ goal to build civic capacity.
  • Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) – $50,000 over one year to support CrossOver Healthcare Ministry’s participation in VHCF’s $1.2 million initiative, Defeating the Deadly Double: Depression and Diabetes (DDD) initiative.