Press Release

June 17, 2011

WCHF Awards $985,618 to Three Foundation-Directed Programs

WILLIAMSBURG, VA — The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation today announced it is awarding grants totaling $985,618 to three foundation-directed initiatives.

President and Chief Executive Officer Jeanne Zeidler said, "These programs, which represent some of our largest investments in the community, address both current needs and promote the long-term health of citizens."

Colonial Behavioral Health will receive $252,455 for its Children's Behavioral Health Initiative. The funding supports a center for assessing juvenile behavioral health issues and making referrals; a forum for behavioral health care professionals; and a web site offering a comprehensive list of the area's behavioral health resources.

The Virginia Health Care Foundation will receive a $179,163 grant to support a program providing uninsured patients with free prescription medications. In 2010 the Greater Williamsburg Medication Assistance Program provided nearly 3,000 citizens in the area with medications valued at almost $11 million.

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools will receive a $554,000 grant to continue the School Health Program Initiative. SHIP promotes youth wellness by emphasizing nutrition and physical activity.

Foundation-directed initiatives are programs formed in partnership with other organizations to address specific health needs in the region. WCHF also responds to requests to fund other health-related non-profit programs. Letters of intent for the next grant cycle are due July 25, 2011. More information about the Foundation's grant making policies and process is available at

The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, a private non-profit organization, supports programs that improve the health of people living in Williamsburg and surrounding counties. It focuses on enhancing access to quality health services and promoting responsible health practices. The foundation was formed in 1996. Since then it has given more than $46 million to support community health programs in the area.