At WHF, all of our work, including grantmaking, aligns with our strategic plan. Elements of that plan are critical for grant seekers to know.  Also know, the Foundation defines health broadly as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Before Applying

2021-2023 Strategic Plan: A Guide for Grants and Programs

Our Vision

Individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunities for all.

Our Mission

Collaborate, innovate, and invest to impact systems that improve the health and well-being of individuals living in Greater Williamsburg.

Grant Priorities and Requirements

As our funds are limited but the good work done by nonprofit organizations and others is limitless, we have established grant priorities and requirements which are outlined below.  Please be sure your work is eligible under these guidelines as well.

Priority is given to grant proposals which:

  • Align with the WHF vision, mission, goals, and strategies.
  • Impact the health of individuals who are economically disadvantaged and the organizations serving those individuals.
  • Improve health opportunities which WHF defines as community resources that enable people to achieve their maximum physical and social well-being.
  • Demonstrate collaboration which WHF defines as adjusting and aligning work between partners to create greater outcomes.
  • Create stronger systems to support health in the community.

Note:  For proposals directly relating to the provision of healthcare, WHF funds are targeted toward individuals in the service area who are uninsured or underinsured due to low income.

Agency Eligibility

The following types of organizations may apply for funding:

  • Nonprofit corporations with 501(c)3 tax status as demonstrated by an IRS determination and filing of IRS form 990 or 990EZ.
  • State or local government agencies.

Note:  Applicants may use a fiscal agent to meet agency eligibility.

Service Area
WHF invests in organizations and programs serving residents of Greater Williamsburg which is defined as the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County.

Note:  WHF occasionally funds, by invitation, outside the service area to advance its mission.

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Application Documents
WHF will access most documents through Guidestar. In addition to submitting the budget form packet with your application, applicants will also need to submit an annual audit, a link an annual audit, or request an audit waiver. Depending on the nature of the request, job descriptions, resumes, and letters of support may also accompany grant applications. 

Applications and supporting documents are due by noon (12:00 p.m.) on the dates indicated. There are no exceptions to deadlines. Please complete your application early to avoid any last-minute problems. Late applications will not be considered.

The Foundation will not fund applications requesting funding for:

  • More than one year
  • Annual fundraising appeals
  • Endowments
  • Restoration of funds cut by state or local governments
  • Lobbying

*This definition of health comes from the World Health Organization.

If you have any questions about whether your work fits within our strategic plan or within our guidelines, please do not hesitate to contact us and ask to speak with a program officer.

Our Strategic Plan Goals

We have three board-adopted goals for our plan. For the sake of additional clarity for grant seekers, we have listed current funding focus areas for achieving these goals.

Advance organizations, systems, and public policy crucial to community health and well-being.

Funding Areas

Public Policy Advocacy – actively supporting a particular policy or group of policies at the local or state level. Advocacy can include a variety of activities including support for  regulatory changes,  education, and forming relationships with decision makers. 

Williamsburg Health Foundation is particularly interested in affordable housing.

Community Capacity Building – developing and strengthening the skills, abilities, processes, and resources that communities and organizations working together need to adapt and thrive in a changing world.

Williamsburg Health Foundation is particularly interested in community-level systems work which includes collaboration.

Organizational Capacity Building – strengthening internal structures, systems and processes, management, leadership, governance, and overall staff capacity to enhance organizational, team, and individual performance.

Williamsburg Health Foundation is particularly interested in leadership development and evaluation.

Target behavioral and social risk factors that influence the health of individuals throughout the lifespan.

Funding Areas

Healthy Eating Active Living – empowering individuals to make healthy choices through increased access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. 

Williamsburg Health Foundation is particularly interested in developing healthy habits in childhood and extending that knowledge into the community.

Two Generation Family Services – building family well-being by intentionally and simultaneously working with children and the adults in their lives.

Williamsburg Health Foundation is particularly interested in home visiting.

Healthy Aging – sustaining an individual’s physical, functional, and cognitive abilities to increase well-being in older age. Activities may include good nutrition, physical activity, assessments, managing health conditions, and reducing social isolation.

Williamsburg Health Foundation is particularly interested in aging-in-place supports.

Strengthen the healthcare safety-net for uninsured and underinsured individuals.

Funding Areas

Behavioral Health Services (BHS) – acknowledging the connection between the health of the body and the mind, BHS address the importance of emotional, psychological, and overall well-being. 

Williamsburg Health Foundation is particularly interested in child and family counseling, violence prevention, and trauma-informed services.

Advanced Primary Care (APC) – ensuring patients are provided with comprehensive high-quality care. APC service delivery models include primary, oral, and behavioral care as well as medications. Care is given through a team approach that promotes patient engagement.

Williamsburg Health Foundation is particularly interested in integration within and between organizations, Medicaid optimization, and addressing social risk factors.

Medication Access – ensuring patients can obtain prescribed medications to manage health conditions to optimize day-to-day functioning. This includes ongoing access to those essential medications on an affordable and sustainable basis.

Williamsburg Health Foundation is adjusting its work to support coordination of various systems for obtaining free or low-cost medications.

Grant Categories

There are four distinct grant types offered by the Foundation initiated through a Letter of Intent (LOI) or by invitation.

2021 Grant Cycle Due Dates

Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by noon (12:00 p.m.) on the dates indicated. There are no exceptions to deadlines. Please complete your application early to avoid any last minute problems. Late applications will not be considered.


Letter of Intent (LOI) for Responsive Grants

Grant Cycle 1
Friday, February 5
Grant Cycle 2
Friday, July 30

Responsive Grants — Invitation to Submit by Invitation Proposals

Grant Cycle 1
Friday, February 12
Grant Cycle 2
Friday, August6


Full Grant Applications

Grant Cycle 1
Friday, March 12
Grant Cycle 2
Friday, September 3


Grant Decisions

Grant Cycle 1
2021 Summer Board meeting (June)
Grant Cycle 2
2021 Winter Board meeting (December)


Check Distribution

Grant Cycle 1
By Friday, June 25
Grant Cycle 2
By Friday, December 16

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