Priority Grants

Priority Grants are awarded to grantees that are pursuing projects that align with specific funding opportunities available. They are awarded based on their alignment with the Foundation’s strategic funding areas of Access to Healthcare and Prevention (see below). This funding will focus on programs and outcomes that make significant long-term impact on our community.

Strengthening the Safety Net Grant Opportunities

Core Operating Support Grants

Health safety net providers deliver essential care to the uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved populations who otherwise could not access high-quality healthcare and essential health support services. Core safety net providers include emergency rooms, free and charitable clinics, local health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), community health centers and other providers that deliver care to a significant number of patients and clients. A safety net that coordinates effectively with community-based wraparound services is more effective at ensuring long-term positive health outcomes for its patient and client population.

Some examples of wraparound services include case management, health education, home health, housing, meal delivery programs, translation services, and transportation.

Strengthening the Safety Net – Core Operating Support funding seeks to support nonprofit partners who focus on increasing access to high quality care and provide direct care to the uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved and/or provide essential health support services to residents within the Foundation’s service area.

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to provide core operating support to organizations working with these target populations—uninsured, underinsured, and
medically underserved.

Application Process & Important Dates

All applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent using the Foundation’s online system.

The Foundation strongly encourages interested organizations to connect with a Program Officer to discuss the alignment and feasibility of their organization’s request prior to submitting a Letter of Intent. Please contact Jessica Mullen at gro.fchicibo@nellumj or via telephone at (757) 539-8810 to schedule a meeting.


Letter of Intent Deadline: Friday, April 22, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Organizations who submit a Letter of Intent by the deadline will be contacted regarding their status for submitting a full proposal.

Proposal Invitation Notification: Monday, May 2, 2022

Only invited applicants can submit a proposal application for funding consideration. Once notified, all invited applicants are required to participate in Proposal Conversations prior to submitting their organization’s full proposal application.

Proposal Conversations: Thursday, May 5, 2022 – Friday, June 10, 2022

Invited Applicants must submit a proposal application using the Foundation’s online portal.

Proposal Application Deadline: Friday, June 24, 2022, at 2:00 P.M. ET.

The deadlines for the Strengthening the Safety Net – Core Operating Grants opportunity have passed. Applicant organizations will be notified about the status of their proposal throughout July and August 2022.

Proposal Application Materials

For invited applicants only

Additional Resources

Online Portal

For Required Letter of Intent Submission and Proposal Application (Invited Applicants Only)
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