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.

Step 1: Questions to answer before applying.

Step 2: The Letter of Intent (LOI)

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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 2015 Grant Cycle Calendar.

A LOI should identify the need, target population, and 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.

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 info@williamsburghealthfoundation.org.
 

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.

Step 4: Note Updated Responsive Grant Policies 

WHF's Board of Trustees recently restructured several important elements of WHF's Responsive Grants program.

These changes are designed to provide the Foundation with 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.

Please note:

  • 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.

To ask questions about WHF's Responsive Grants, please contact one of the Foundation's program officers at (757) 345-0912.