Grant Program
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begin quoteend quoteSince its inception in 1997, the Foundation has given over $23 million to support community health programs

Our Approach to Grantmaking

The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of greater Williamsburg and surrounding counties through improved access to affordable and quality health care, promotion of healthy lifestyles and prevention efforts. We will accept proposals from charitable non-profit or public organizations whose missions align with ours to “improve the health of people living in the greater Williamsburg area in collaboration with community partners”.  Our service area includes:  City of Williamsburg, Counties of Charles City, Gloucester, James City, King & Queen, King William, Mathews, Middlesex, New Kent, Surry and York.

Our grantmaking is accomplished through a combination of open competitive grant cycles and capacity building support.  The Foundation may also initiate projects by convening community leaders to look at gaps in services and to assist in the planning of new service delivery strategies. We envision our role as a catalyst and convener, and therefore, look to support programs that are innovative and have the potential to effect change at the community level.

We define health as a dynamic state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  By supporting projects that improve access to health care, eliminate barriers to health and health care, create healthy environments and support personal responsibility for health, the Foundation has the best potential to effectively use its resources.

Projects will be considered for funding if they meet one or more of the following Foundation priorities:

Primary Care:  Support community-based projects which provide direct care services that work to improve the health status of the poor, under-served, and under-insured.  Priority consideration will be given to projects that focus on health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic disease management.

Prevention:  Support projects that promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability.  Enhanced nutritional programs, health screenings, improved health literacy outreach, increased physical activity, prevention of chronic disease and disability, substance abuse treatment and prevention and mental health treatment and prevention are Foundation areas of concern.

Senior Health: Support programs designed to improve seniors' health that emphasize increased coordination and enhanced access to services. 

Strengthen Community Health:  Support projects that address current and emerging health needs.   Projects that demonstrate an innovative and collaborative strategy to build a healthy community will be given optimal consideration.  Some examples of projects supported by this priority might include: public safety projects, such as prevention or preparedness training, increasing allied health training and workforce development opportunities.

The foundation does not typically fund:

  • Programs not directly related to health.
  • Direct support of individuals or scholarships (scholarship granting organizations may apply).
  • Programs designed to serve members of religious or sectarian organizations, exclusively.
  • Programs currently funded by other sources, if Foundation grant would supplant this funding.
  • Programs that duplicate others in the community or do not collaborate with other organizations.


Last Updated: Thursday, May 18, 2006