Before Applying

Funding Priorities

Williamsburg Health Foundation (WHF) envisions individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunities for all. The Foundation defines health broadly. It is a dynamic state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. It is not merely absence of disease or infirmity.

WHF grants support a wide variety of programs addressing health disparities, encouraging wellness, promoting personal responsibility, and providing care.

WHF has established three main goals to guide its grant making:

    • Promote lifelong wellness and informed individual choices for all who live in our community.
    • Target resources to meet the health care needs of our most vulnerable community members.
    • Increase health opportunities by advocating for their consideration in community decisions and by strengthening agencies influencing health in our service area.

More information about these goals and WHF’s strategic plan can be found in our Strategic Plan.

Grant Eligibility Requirements

Before beginning the application process, review these requirements to ensure the program and agency meet the Foundation’s eligibility.

Alignment with the Foundation’s Interests
A program must be in alignment with the mission and goals of the Foundation, which are outlined in WHF’s Strategic Plan 2018-2020.

Service Area
Foundation grants support programs benefiting the citizens of the City of Williamsburg, City of Poquoson, James City County and York County.

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 letter.
State or local government agencies.

Application Documents
An application must include the most recent copies of an agency’s board roster, agency’s operating budget, annual report, IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ, and the agency’s annual financial audit.

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.

Other Considerations
Programs involving collaboration among organizations will receive higher priority.
Programs funded through multiple sources will receive higher priority.

Programs combining health and social service elements must have a clear and compelling health component. Agencies should identify anticipated health outcomes.

The Foundation will not fund applications requesting funding for:

  • Annual appeals and fundraising
  • Endowments
  • Real estate acquisition
  • Restoration of funds cut by governments or other organizations
  • Lobbying

Grant Categories

There are four distinct grant types offered by the Foundation

Grants Initiated by a Letter of Intent (LOI)
Responsive Grants

Grants by Invitation

Basic Operating Support Grants
Basic Program Support Grants
Foundation Directed Grants