Healthy Communities Initiative

The Healthy Communities Initiative provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations administering health-related programming to address the behavioral, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual needs of the community. The initiative also supports projects that improve the nonprofit’s internal capacity to work effectively and develop strong finances, leadership, and infrastructure.

Healthy Communities is open annually and has a one-year grant period with awards ranging from $3,500 to $50,000. Applications may include funding requests for multiple projects and contain both capacity building and health and wellness components. Organizations may apply once per grant cycle.

We encourage potential applicants to contact us before, during, or after the application process to discuss project ideas, share information, and ask questions.

Upcoming Grant Cycles

The Healthy Communities Initiative closed Feb. 20, 2024. The next initiative is tentatively scheduled to open in January 2025. More information will be announced at a later date. 

Key dates for the 2024 Healthy Communities InitiatIVE

How to Apply

Step 1

Review the eligibility guidelines to ensure your organization meets the application requirements.

Step 2

Step 3

Review the application questions to learn about the types of information requested. Applicants will be asked to provide financial information and detailed organization and project overviews. Please note that questions may vary based on the applicant’s funding history with our Foundation and the total amount of funding requested. These variations are identified in section headings where applicable.

Step 4

Log in to our grant management system. If you are unsure whether your organization has an existing account or you have other system questions, please contact Sarah Furrow, Grants Manager, by phone at 304-397-5955, or email at

All applications must be submitted through the Foundation’s grant management system. No other format will be accepted.

Step 5

Complete and submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date. Late applications will not be accepted.

After the application period closes, Foundation staff members will review applications and may request additional information or a site visit. Following the review process, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees will make funding decisions and applicants will be notified by email. Please note that the Foundation may consider or exclude expenses on a case-by-case basis.

For technical issues or questions relating to the application process, please contact Sarah Furrow, Grants Manager, by phone at 304-397-5955, or email at


We invite you to contact a member of our program team to discuss your project and ask any questions during the application and approval process.

What is not typically funded:

  • Academic scholarships
  • Capital items over $2,500
  • Endowments
  • General operating costs
  • Indirect costs
  • Individuals
  • Playground equipment and vehicles
  • Projects outside the Foundation’s 20-county region
  • Projects over one year in duration
  • Retroactive funding
  • Sabbaticals
  • Salary and benefits