Community Contributions (Grants & Sponsorships)

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Community Contributions (Grants & Sponsorships)

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) or another non-profit as relevant to Centra’s funding priorities, 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  Bedford, Danville, Farmville, and Lynchburg; and the counties of Amelia, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, 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 based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
  • 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. Centra also supports projects of regional importance which address our communities’ economic, social and community development needs.  

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

*New priority areas, grant guidelines and grant cycle timeline for 2022 coming spring 2022

Our next Centra grant cycle opens on Friday July 30, 2021 and will close on September 15, 2021; notification of funding will be no later than December 15, 2021. In order to better prepare your organization to apply for a grant in this cycle, there will be a mandatory Grant Application Overview on July 21, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This will be a virtual meeting and please email for an invite. If you are planning to apply for a Centra grant in this next cycle, please have at least one representative from your organization attend. If you are not going to apply for a grant for this upcoming grant cycle, then you may disregard this notice.

You can view the full grant application here and Centra Budget Template here. Please submit your application via the “Submit my Grant Application Online” link on this page. 

  Submission Deadline Application Open Notified By
Round 1 3/5/2021 Revised 2/1/2021 – 3/5/2021  Revised 3/31/2021  Revised
Round 2 9/15/2021 7/30/2021 – 9/15/2021 12/15/2021

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 can view the full sponsorship application here.  Please submit your application via the “Submit my Sponsorship Application Online” link on this page. Sponsorship applications are reviewed and awarded during four cycles.

  Deadline Application Open Notified By
Cycle 1 2/15/2022 1/15/2022-02/15/2022 3/15/2022
Cycle 2 6/15/2022 5/15/2022-6/15/2022 7/15/2022
Cycle 3 10/15/2022 9/15/2022-10/15/2022 11/15/2022

    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. 
  • Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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