Community Contributions (Grants & Sponsorships)

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Community Contributions (Grants & Sponsorships)

We appreciate the support from our communities across our service area during these unprecedented times. Virginia is still under a State of Emergency due to the uncertainty and continued illness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, Centra continues to reallocate funds to prioritize providing the best care for our patients. We will be suspending the grant and sponsorship process for the remainder of 2020 while we continue to engage and support community partners who are responding directly to COVID-19 related needs. Thank you for your ongoing work and support as we find new ways to sustain one another.

Centra is committed to improving the overall health status in the communities and regions in which we serve by funding projects and sponsoring events that address community health needs outside of the healthcare system.  As a major economic force in central and southern Virginia, Centra is also committed to supporting projects of regional importance which address our communities’ economic, social and community development needs. 

How to Apply

To maximize the impact of Centra’s community contributions, we have created a user-friendly online application portal, for use by any organization requesting funding from Centra, whether a grant or a sponsorship. All applicants will be asked to create a login and submit their requests online.

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations requesting funding must be a legal entity that is tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)(3), and not a private foundation as described under Section 509(a).

Projects that take place outside of Centra’s service areas will not be considered. Centra’s service areas include the cities/towns of Lynchburg, Bedford, Danville, Farmville; and the counties of Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottaway, Pittsylvania or Prince Edward.

The following requests are among those that will not be considered for support:

  • Biomedical or clinical research
  • Conference or symposium fees
  • Debt reduction
  • Endowments
  • Individuals
  • League sports
  • Organizations that discriminate by race, color, creed, gender, or national origin. 
  • Political campaigns, candidates or partisan activities
  • Projects with a religious purpose
  • Scholarships
  • School-based programs such as athletics, band, chorus, theater


Understandably, Centra is unable to fund each of the multitude of requests it receives. Centra Board policy gives priority to funding sponsorships and grants that address the needs identified in the most recent Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) for each of Centra’s service areas.   

Prioritized needs from the 2018 CHNA include:

  • Access to affordable healthcare
  • Access to affordable housing
  • Access to healthy foods
  • Access to mental health services/mental health problems
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight/Obesity
  • Poor eating habits
  • Poverty
  • Substance use and alcohol/illegal drug use
  • Transportation

Apply for a Grant

You may apply for a grant if your organization seeks funding for a specific project or program that yields outcomes which address the prioritized needs of the CHNAs.  You can view the full grant application here. Grant applications are reviewed and awarded during two cycles:     

  Submission Deadline Application Open Notified By
Round 1 3/16/2020 2/17/2020 – 3/16/2020 6/12/2020
Round 2 9/15/2020 7/30/2020 – 9/15/2020 12/1/2020

Submit my Grant Application Online

NOTE: We recommend using Google Chrome as your browser when submitting your grant application for optimal functionality. 

Apply for a Sponsorship

You may apply for a sponsorship if your organization’s mission addresses the prioritized needs of the CHNAs and your event proceeds support your mission.   Sponsorships are typically awarded in the range of $500 - $5,000.   You can view the full sponsorship application here.  Sponsorship applications are reviewed and awarded during three cycles:

  Deadline Application Open Notified By
Cycle 1 3/16/2020 2/17/2020 – 3/16/2020 4/15/2020
Cycle 2 7/1/2020 3/23/2020 – 7/1/2020 7/30/2020
Cycle 3 11/2/2020 7/6/2020 – 11/2/2020 11/30/2020

    Submit my Sponsorship Application Online

NOTE: We recommend using Google Chrome as your browser when submitting your sponsorship application for optimal functionality. 

General Information

  • Funding decisions are communicated by email to the contact person named on the application per the notification dates listed.
  • Presentations and/or site visits may or may not be requested.  
  • Please note that prior contributions do not indicate a precedent for future funding.
  • Due to the large volume of applicants, we regret that we are unable to critique unsuccessful proposals. 


For more information please contact:

Michael Elliott
Senior Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer