The HEF has invested $1.2 million in 15 organizations working to improve health and address root causes of health disparities in communities across Richmond.
Additional investments are being made ongoing in community organizations and initiatives filling gaps to address health disparities.
The Richmond Health Equity Fund is managed by Richmond and Henrico Public Health Foundation.
While RHPHF and Richmond and Henrico Health Districts serve all of Richmond and Henrico, with current funding, the HEF only considers and funds projects taking place within the City of Richmond.
We understand deeply that residents in Richmond and Henrico and the broader region face many of the same health challenges and systemic injustices, but the federal funding that makes the HEF possible has been specifically allocated to Richmond and cannot fund projects in Henrico at this time.
To prioritize where the HEF makes investments, a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) of Richmond residents informs and leads these decisions. CAC members have a combination of both lived and professional experience in the health disparities of focus for the HEF.
The CAC has helped to shape the process, championing community-based nominations, as well as the selections for funding, weighing complex questions of how the HEF can best fill gaps to address community needs.
Consistent with the Mayor’s Equity Agenda, the HEF invests in new work — or supports expansions or enhancements to existing work — led by nonprofit and community organizations that directly addresses a range of health disparities, including:
The HEF funds projects that serve Richmond residents – addressing health disparities and building strong, thriving communities across the City.
Gaps in funding and resources too often create or exacerbate disparities in our health outcomes. The HEF seeks to fill these gaps for vital, innovative, evidence-based initiatives. Single organizations, collaboratives, and individual leaders are all eligible for funding. Funding decisions are made with the HEF’s Community Advisory Committee.
The HEF is not currently accepting applications. Applications will open in 2024.