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.

To view eligibility guidelines, click here.

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 2023 Healthy Communities Initiative grant cycle closed March 3, 2023. To view a list of the grant recipients and their projects, click here.

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

Review the following pages to ensure your proposed project aligns with at least one of our focus areas: health and wellnesscapacity buildingfood insecuritymental and behavioral healthsubstance use disorder, and tobacco use prevention and cessation.

We invite you to contact a member of our program team to discuss your project and ask questions.

Step 3

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 4

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

If the Foundation approves the advancement of the proposed project, the organization will be invited to submit an application using the Foundation’s grant management system.

What types of information will be requested?

Applicants will be asked to provide financial information and a detailed overview of the proposed project and organization. Application questions for the 2024 Healthy Communities Initiative will be available soon. To review questions from last year’s application, click the links below. Please note that the type and amount of information requested may change each grant cycle.

  • For requests between $3,500 and $15,000, click here.
  • For requests between $15,001 and $50,000, click here.

What is not typically funded

The Foundation does not typically fund academic scholarships, capital items, endowments, indirect costs, individuals, major capital projects, playground equipment, vehicles, or other foundations.