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Sentara Cares is designed to improve the health status and overall well-being of our communities.  Organizations that meet eligibility requirements and demonstrate an ability to make an impact on the program’s mission are invited to help us in this cause. Please refer to Sentara's Community Health Needs Assessments to learn more about our regional priorities - Community Health Needs Assessments>>


  • Applicants must be 501(c)3 non-profit organizations or governmental agencies that provide healthcare-related services to the underserved in Sentara Healthcare’s markets.

  • The requested funding must support a program/project that strategically aligns with the outlined priority areas.


Priority: Affordable Housing

Sentara seeks to provide affordable housing for members of our communities by partnering with agencies who can creatively address a variety of issues in this priority area.

Priority: Skilled Careers

We are dedicated to educating and training people so that they have improved and sustainable economic opportunities, which will enhance the overall quality of life. We invite partners to apply who can provide services for such populations that include but are not limited to the Asset-Limited Income-Constrained Employed (ALICE) and veteran populations.

Priority: Food Security

Sentara is committed to improving food security in our communities through innovative programs that will increase access to and provide healthy nutritious meals. These include nutrition education programs, food banks, and pantries across both the public and private sectors.

Priority: Behavioral Health

Programs/projects that provide direct or supportive services are encouraged to apply. These include behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, medical case management, life skills training, coping skills training, and interpersonal skills development. 


  • Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI)

  • If the LOI is approved, an invitation to apply for a grant will be sent via email.

  • Submit a full grant application
    • Define at least three metrics of successful program implementation.
    • Include a detailed program/project budget.
    • Include a sustainability plan beyond Sentara funding.
    • Demonstrate community collaboration and established partners.


  • Political programs or events

  • Activities that exclusively benefit the members of sectarian or religious organizations

  • Organizations that discriminate by race, color, creed, gender or national origin

  • Individuals, including patient assistance funds


  • March 31 - Applications due for programs/projects beginning in July (fiscal year)

  • September 30 - Applications due for programs/projects beginning in January (calendar year)

Please direct questions to

 (757) 455-7976

Contact Information
Program/Project Information
Service Area of Program/Project
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at least 30 days from today

List at least three (3) specific, measurable and quantifiable objectives of the program/project. The objective should be to increase, decrease, or maintain a specific metric from its existing value to a new value. The metric can be a number or a percentage. If the intention is to maintain, then the numbers should be the same. If it is a new objective that has not been tracked before, it should be from 0 to the intended value.

For example: [Increase] the [% percentage] of [clients with positive outcomes] from [80] to [85] (fields in brackets).

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Existing value prior to grant period. If data not available, insert an educated guess.
Goal value for end of grant period