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Community Grants

Applications are due March 1

Centra is committed to improving the overall health status in the communities and regions in which it serves.  To provide a deeper understanding of our community’s primary health needs, and to develop an implementation strategy to address these needs, every three years Centra and the Centra Foundation help sponsor Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA).   The 2018 assessments were undertaken by the collaborative Partnership for Healthy Communities, supported by Centra, Centra Foundation, Community Access Network, Central Virginia, Piedmont and Pittsylvania/Danville Health Districts, Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, Johnson Health Center and United Way of Central Virginia. 

Click here to view the Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA)

Part of Centra’s strategy to improve the health of our community includes awarding grants to nonprofit organizations for projects that address the needs prioritized in the CHNA.  Applications for grant funding are reviewed and approved by the Centra Foundation Board of Directors. 


The Centra Foundation welcomes applications from organizations which are tax-exempt under IRS Section 501 (c)(3) and are not private foundations as described under Section 509 (a).  Projects that take place outside of Centra’s service area will not be considered. 

Funding Priorities

Projects addressing the top needs in Centra’s service areas will be given priority.  In the recent assessments these include:

  • Poverty
    Interventions to increase the economic mobility of families and improve economic stability through employment, housing security, health care, food security and education
  • Access to Affordable Health Care
    Interventions that remove barriers to health care access such as lack of health insurance, poor access to transportation and limited health care resources
  • Access to Affordable Housing
    Interventions that improve access to affordable housing and address housing instability factors
  • Access to Healthy Food
    Interventions that remove barriers to healthy food access such as food assistance programs and access to transportation to healthy food sources for people living in food deserts
  • Access to Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
    Interventions that remove barriers to receiving treatment for mental health conditions

How to Apply

Detailed instructions can be found by clicking the link below.  Applications are not accepted via fax or email.  All application materials must be received at the Centra Foundation office at 1920 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501 by 4:30 p.m. on March 1st.   Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in writing mid-June.  Due to the large volume of applicants, we regret that we are unable to critique unsuccessful proposals. 

Click here for Application Instructions and Forms 

Click here for Grant Impact Report forms


The Centra Foundation does not approve grant requests to support:

  • Individuals
  • Political campaigns, candidates or partisan activities
  • Endowments, including scholarships
  • Debt reduction
  • Conferences or symposium attendance
  • Travel
  • Athletic organizations
  • Projects with a religious purpose

For more information contact:

Beth Doyle
Executive Vice President