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Community Contributions (Grants & Sponsorships)

Centra is committed to improving the overall health status in the communities and regions in which it serves 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

Priorities

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: The link to the application portal will not be available until applications open February 17th. Please return on February 17th when 2020 applications open. 

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: Link to application portal will not be available until February 17th. Until then please submit a form here.

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:

Jennifer Williams
Director of Community Health
Centra
434-200-4041
willje9@centrahealth.com