- Grant Recipients
Applying for a Responsive Grant
Any organization meeting the basic requirements can apply for a Responsive Grant from WHF. For the best results, follow the steps outlined on this page when applying for a Responsive Grant.
Before getting started, please note the Responsive Grant policies below.
Responsive Grant Policies
WHF's Board of Trustees has restructured several important elements of WHF's Responsive Grants program. These changes are effective with LOIs submitted for the Foundation's second funding cycle of 2013 and the resulting grants that begin in January 2014.
These changes are designed to provide the flexibility to address evolving health care priorities and to better serve the long-term needs of the community. Achieving these goals will enable WHF to support innovation and sustained excellence, while encouraging continuous improvement.
Agencies seeking Responsive Grants should be aware of the changes beginning with second-cycle 2013 grants:
- Approved Responsive Grants may receive up to four consecutive years of funding.
- As with current policy, an agency may apply each of the four years the program is eligible.
- After the first year, programs may receive up to 75% of the original grant for the second year; 50% the third year; and 25% in the final year of eligibility.
In the second cycle of 2013 and the first cycle of 2014, grants requested through the LOI process may be invited to apply in the "Grants By Invitation" category rather than the "Responsive Grants" category following WHF review.
To ask questions about WHF's Responsive Grants, please contact one of the Foundation's program officers at (757) 345-0912.
Step 1: Questions to answer before applying.
- Is the organization’s mission consistent with WHF’s funding priorities?
- Does the organization meet all of WHF’s funding requirements?
- Has the applicant reviewed WHF’s strategic plan?
- Has the applicant reviewed the other considerations that WHF takes into account when making its funding decisions?
- Is the applicant familiar with WHF’s current Grant Cycle Calendar?
- Has the applicant downloaded and examined the “LOI Worksheet?”
The process of applying for a Responsive Grant begins with the submission of WHF's online Letter of Intent. For more information about the Foundation’s timelines, please see the 2014 Grant Cycle Calendar.
A LOI should identify a need, the target population, and the strategy for addressing the need. Additionally, the applicant should outline a program budget, document any other sources of funding, and illustrate any collaboration with other agencies. For ongoing programs, the LOI should also include evidence that WHF funding would not supplant existing funding for the agency or program.
When submitting a Letter of Intent, please attach the following forms. If the Program Budget, Expense Narrative, or Income Forms are submitted in any other format than that which the Foundation has provided, the LOI will not be reviewed.
- WHF Program Budget Form
- WHF Program Expense Narrative Form
- WHF Program Income Form
- Agency IRS Determination Letter - Attach an electronic copy of an IRS Determination Letter to the LOI. Mailed copies are also acceptable. An IRS Determination Letter is not required for government entities.
Important note to past applicants: Updates were applied to the application which will require you to type in your current password to the My Account page in ALL LOWERCASE letters. Once you have accessed the site you can continue to use the existing password in all lowercase letters or update your password to include uppercase letters by selecting the 'Change Email/Password' link in the upper left hand side of the site.
To access saved work on a Letter of Intent or review past grant applications, log in here.
Need Help With An Application? The Foundation's program officers are not able to review LOI's prior to submission, but they are available to answer general questions about the Foundation's interests or its application process. To ask questions, call (757) 345-0912 or send an email to email@example.com.
Step 3: LOI Review and Potential Full Application Invitation
After the LOI submission deadline has passed, WHF program officers will review all of the submitted LOIs. After this review, the Foundation will contact applicants via email to inform them of their status.
For those organizations that are invited to submit a Full Grant Application, additional information will be sent by email. An invitation to submit a Full Grant Application does not mean the submission will result in funding.