Request for 2019 Community Health Initiative Grants

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January 24, 2019
The Centra Foundation has opened its application process for 2019 Community Health Initiative grants. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on March 1st

Centra is committed to improving the overall health status in the communities and regions in which it serves. To provide a deeper understanding of our community’s primary health needs, and to develop an implementation strategy to address these needs, every three years Centra and the Centra Foundation help sponsor Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). 
The 2018 assessments were undertaken by the collaborative Partnership for Healthy Communities, supported by Centra, Centra Foundation, Community Access Network, Central Virginia Piedmont and Pittsylvania/Danville Health Districts, Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, Johnson Health Center and United Way of Central Virginia. Assessment reports are available at
Part of Centra’s strategy to improve the health of our community includes awarding grants to nonprofit organizations for projects that address the needs prioritized in the CHNA. Applications for grant funding are reviewed and approved by the Centra Foundation Board of Directors. 


The Centra Foundation welcomes applications from organizations which are tax-exempt under IRS Section 501 (c)(3) and are not private foundations as described under Section 509 (a).  Projects that take place outside of Centra’s service area will not be considered. 

Funding Priorities
Projects addressing the top needs in Centra’s service areas will be given priority. In the recent assessments these include;
Interventions to increase the economic mobility of families and improve economic stability through employment, housing security, health care, food security and education
Access to Affordable Health Care
Interventions that remove barriers to health care access such as lack of health insurance, poor access to transportation and limited health care resources
Access to Affordable Housing
Interventions that improve access to affordable housing and address housing instability factors
Access to Healthy Food
Interventions that remove barriers to healthy food access such as food assistance programs and access to transportation to healthy food sources for people living in food deserts
Access to Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Interventions that remove barriers to receiving treatment for mental health conditions
How to Apply
Detailed instructions can be found at