We are pleased to announce that the RMHF Board of Trustees has approved eighty-five grants totaling $2,931,800 since January.
The RMHF Board and staff would like to take a moment and express gratitude to our many partners who are on the ground working every day to foster health equity in our city and surrounding counties.
Covid-19 Response Grants
In early April we announced that our Trustees approved a first-phase grantmaking response to COVID-19. The response is centered in the Foundation’s commitment to fostering health equity and these grants provide one-time general operating support to organizations providing critical services during this time. The RMHF Trustees recently approved the following thirty-seven COVID-19 response grant applications, totaling $500,800.
Behavioral Health Services
$10,000 each to the organizations noted below for the provision of behavioral health services:
- Better Housing Coalition
- Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)
- Hanover Safe Space
- Jewish Family Services
- Safe Harbor
- YMCA of Greater Richmond
$7,500 each to the organizations noted below for the provision of behavioral health services which includes two safety net providers:
$5,000 each to the organizations noted below for technology purchase to support telehealth:
Support for Non-English Speaking, Refugee, and Immigrant Populations
$10,000 each to the organizations noted below to provide health and human services and/or emergency assistance:
- ReEstablish Richmond
- Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation
- Sacred Heart Center
- Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center
- Commonwealth Catholic Charities
$1,400 to the organization noted below to translate and provide factual, language appropriate COVID-19 safety and response information:
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond as fiscal sponsor of Virginia Excels
Support for Older Adult Service Providers
$20,000 each to organizations below providing caregiver services (focused on supporting in-home health care)
Technology focused on transitioning to various forms of telehealth for organizations listed below:
- Lucy Corr Foundation $5,000
- Medical College of Virginia Foundation as fiscal sponsor of VCU School of Nursing $4,900
- Virginia Community Capital $50,000 to support a Renters’ Relief / Eviction Prevention Program.
Health Care Safety Net Partners
$10,000 to our nine Health Safety Net Partners:
- Access Now
- Capital Area Health Network
- Crossover Healthcare Ministry
- Daily Planet Health Services
- Free Clinic of Powhatan
- Health Brigade
- Rx Partnership
- The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood
The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond $50,000 to support the COVID-19 Response Fund.
Robins Foundation $50,000 to support the Family Crisis Fund providing immediate financial relief for families with children.
CultureWorks $22,000 to support the Arts and Culture Relief Fund providing financial assistance to professional artists.
In alignment with our new strategic framework and as part of our regular grantmaking for 2020 we are happy to announce the following awards approved in our first an second FY quarters.
Increasing Access to Health Care Through Behavioral Health
The RMHF Trustees recently approved the following Access to Health Care: Behavioral Health grant applications totaling $315,000. These grants are mission-aligned with RMHF and work towards increasing access to quality behavioral health care by reducing behavioral health disparities for socioeconomically disadvantaged, marginalized and/or vulnerable populations including (but not limited to) people of color, children, LGBTQ individuals, older adults and immigrants. Two of organizations funded are led by people of color.
- $25,000 to Better Housing Coalition
- $20,000 to Challenge Discovery Projects
- $30,000 to ChildSavers
- $30,000 to Daily Planet
- $30,000 to Gateway Homes
- $30,000 to Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)
- $30,000 to Jewish Family Services
- $30,000 to RPS Education Foundation
- $30,000 to Side by Side
- $30,000 to Voices for Virginia’s Children
- $30,000 to YWCA Richmond
Access to Health Care Through Capacity Building
RMHF Trustees recently approved the following Increasing Access to Health Care Through Capacity Building grant applications totaling $50,000 over one year.
- $15,000 to CancerLINC
- $10,000 to Greater Richmond Fit4Kids
- $10,000 to Honoring Choices Virginia
- $15,000 to Nurture (The OmMama Resource Center)
Access to Oral Health Care
RMHF Trustees recently approved the following Access to Oral Health Care grant applications totaling $410,000 over two years. These grants 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.
- $70,000 over two years to Capital Area Health Network
- $70,000 over two years to GoochlandCares
- $80,000 over two years to Lucy Corr Foundation
- $20,000 over two years to Special Olympics Virginia
- $50,000 over two years to Virginia Dental Association Foundation
- $90,000 over 2 years to Virginia Health Catalyst
Increasing Access to Health Care to our Core Safety Net Partners
RMHF Trustees recently approved $715,000 to our nine Safety Net Partners.
- $45,000 to Access Now
- $100,000 to Capital Area Health Network
- $100,000 to CrossOver Healthcare Ministry
- $100,000 to Daily Planet Health Services
- $50,000 to Free Clinic of Powhatan
- $100,000 to GoochlandCares
- $100,000 to Health Brigade
- $20,000 to Rx Partnership
- $100,000 to Virginia League for Planned Parenthood
Health Equity Action Leadership (HEAL)
The Health Equity Action Leadership (HEAL) Initiative is a reimagination of grassroots action through a neighbor-hood-based leadership development program in communities of color in the Richmond region. The HEAL Initiative will co-design a third Equity + Health Fellowship rooted in RMHF’s commitment to (1) advance health equity through a racial and ethnic lens, and (2) align community engagement and policy and advocacy efforts centered in resident voice with the aim of helping to ensure public dollars and public policies make equity a top priority.
In response to the recommendations of both cohorts of RMHF’s Equity + Health Fellows, the RMHF Trustees recently approved the following HEAL grant applications totaling $320,000 over two years. The COVID-19 crisis and the accompanying social and economic changes that have emerged (and will continue to emerge) stand to significantly influence the direction of RMHF’s Health Equity and Community Building Strategy. Three of the organizations funded are led by persons of color.
- $80,000 to Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
- $80,000 to Peter Paul Development Center
- $80,000 to Sacred Heart Center
- $80,000 to Virginia Community Voice
Advancing Health Equity Through Arts & Culture (HEArts)
The RMHF Trustees recently approved the following Access to HEArts grant applications totaling $278,000 over two years. HEArts 2020 will build on the success of the previous HEArts cohorts by continuing to fundnonprofit organizations in partnership with equitably compensated artists engaging underserved communities in participatory sessions to identify barriers to health and/or housing equity and foster creative ways to remove the barriers faced. Four of the organizations funded are led by women of color and there are five artists of color.
- $55,600 to CodeVA
- $55,600 to Education Connection Academy
- $55,600 to Elegba Folklore Society
- $55,600 to Sacred Heart Center
- $55,600 to Virginia Community Voice
Health Equity and the Built Environment
The RMHF Trustees recently approved the following Health Equity and the Built Environment grant applications totaling $300,000. Guiding this funding is the recognition that housing stability, economic opportunity, and healthy built environments are key factors in determining health equity for individuals and families. This belief has been informed by internal and external learning opportunities, highlighting the significant relationship between health and housing. One of the organizations funded is led by a person of color.
- $50,000 to Central Virginia Legal Aid Society (CVLAS)
- $75,000 to Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME)
- $60,000 to Maggie Walker Community Land Trust (MWCLT)
- $40,000 to VCU Foundation as fiscal sponsor of RVA Eviction Lab
- $75,000 to Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation (SCHDC)
The RMHF Trustees recently approved the following Collaborative Fund grants totaling $43,000.
- $8,000 to Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA) in collaboration with the Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond and the Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Foundation.
- $15,000 to Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA) in collaboration with the Virginia Housing Development Authority (amount to be determined).
- $20,000 to Senior Connections – Longevity Project, an initiative based at VCU