Bedford Community Health Foundation is committed to our community partners, the non-profit organizations that provide health care or health related services to residents of the Town and County of Bedford. We will continue to fund proven programs as well as fund exciting new initiatives.  The Foundation is able to give back because of its community-minded donors who want to make a difference in their community. Since its inception, BCHF has awarded over 6 million in grants and scholarships to benefit Bedford residents.

Over the past year, the foundation has expanded its view of health, incorporating more aspects of health, including healthy neighborhood conditions, access to healthy foods, dental health, and transportation. A broader view of health allows the foundation to better address the root causes of health disparities in Bedford, one of the healthiest communities in the state.

Below is an overview of our most recent grants awarded. Contact us if you would like more information about any of our grants, scholarships, or initiatives. We would love to talk!


Fall 2019 Grant Awards:

ARC of Central Virginia:  $10,000 for personal care items and program supplies

CASA of Central Virginia:  $1,500 to fund training of six court appointed special advocates in mental health, substance abuse, human development and other health-related topics.

Food for Kids:  $8,831 to address food insecurity through the Pack-a-Sack during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Feed the Need:  $5,000 to food assistance program providing students and their families’ nutritious meal items over the weekends.

Lake Christian Ministries:  $10,000 to provide funds for New Tomorrows program and health care assistance to support New Tomorrows clients.

SML Good Neighbors:  $8,645 to provide an onsite Special Education Aide, Nurse, and Social Worker for the summer camp program.

Virginia Cooperative Extension:  $3,412 for educational classes pertaining to diabetes and food allergies.

Patrick Henry Family Services:  $2,735 to provide training classes for clinicians

Spring 2019 Grant Awards:

Friends of Bedford Hospice House: $6,000 to continue scholarship fund for resident patients in

Bedford Christian Ministries: $5,000 to continue medical/dental/vision program

Free Clinic of Central VA: $7,000 for portion of cost to continue patient navigation program in

Girls on the Run of Central Virginia: $5,000 to continue the program fall 2019 through spring of

Lynchburg Daily Bread: $9,000 to continue weekly meal distribution at Raintree and the
addition of Salem Court

Bedford Ride/CVACL: $10,000 for matching funds for wheelchair accessible van and expenses

Bedford County Public Schools: $5,675 for 14 nurses to attend national conference, and
certifications as trainers in the “Stop the Bleed” and “Mass Casualty Incident” programs

American Red Cross: $5,000 for Disaster Relief and fire response

Brook Hill Farm: $5,000 for Scholarships for at-risk teens to participate in the program

The Doorways: $4,000 towards lodging and support to Bedford residents traveling for specialty
medical treatment

Children’s Trust: $7,500 towards cost of forensic interviewing and family advocacy services,
staff travel and completion of satellite office in Bedford

Bedford County School of Practical Nursing: $2,645 towards instructor conference and for
testing fees and licensure for upcoming graduates Practical Nurse graduates.

Bedford County Public Schools Nutrition Program: $2,400 towards the cost of Serve Safe
Manager Training for 20 participants

Bedford Public Library: $7,000 for purchase of health related materials

Fall 2018 Grant Awards:

ARC of Central Virginia:  $7,500 for personal care items and program supplies

CASA of Central Virginia:  $1,500 to fund training of six court appointed special advocates in mental health, substance abuse, and human development.

Bedford Memorial Hospital:  $7,392 for the “Just for Me” program that provides mammography services and follow up diagnostic mammograms.

Food for Kids:  $8,562 to address food insecurity through the Pack-a-Sack program in Montvale.

Lake Christian Ministries:  $16,000 provides funds for denture program and the creation of a New Tomorrows program.

Lutheran Family Services of Virginia:  $6,000 provides a dietitian to create healthy specialized menus for Bedford group home residents. 

Sedalia Center:  $4,100 to fund pollinator and permaculture teaching gardens.

SML Good Neighbors:  $8,790 to provide an Education Aide, Nurse, and food for the summer camp program

Spring 2018 Grant Awards:

Bedford Christian Ministries:  $4,000 for dental and prescription assistance to the most vulnerable in our community. 

Bedford County Public Schools: $2,198 for exercise bikes in the new library. 

Bedford County School of Practical Nursing: $1,638 to fund continuing education for two instructors and a student learning extension. 

Bedford County Sheriff’s Office: $4,100 for purchase of 4 PLI-3000 receivers to locate clients with Dementia or autistic disorders. 

Central VA Alliance for Community Living: $15,000 to match funds for the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van and for operating expenses.

Bedford YMCA: $5,000 towards the expansion of their ropes course.

Brook Hill Farm: $5,000 towards scholarships for at-risk youth to participate in the program.

Children’s Trust: $5,000 towards the expansion of children’s forensic interview services to Bedford.

Feed the Need: $2,000 to support the backpack program that provides meals for families over weekends. 

Free Clinic of Central Virginia: $5,000 to fund personnel costs for a Patient Access Coordinator as the program expands to Bedford.  

Friends of Bedford Hospice House: $5,800 to establish a scholarship that assists patients residing in the house. The grant is awarded directly from the Hardy Family Hospice Fund. 

Girls on the Run of Central VA: $5,000 to fund continuation of the program in Bedford schools for one year. 

Lynchburg Daily Bread: $9,000 to continue bringing weekly meals to low income residents. 

The Agape Center: $3,500 to fund prescription and dental assistance, counseling fees, and transportation to doctor visits. 

The Doorways: $5,000 to provide lodging for families who must travel to
Richmond for specialty medical treatment. 

Virginia Cooperative Extension: $850 to provide nutrition education and food prep skills to Home Health Aides. 

Bedford County Library: $7,000 to purchase health related materials. 


In response to the governors declared state of emergency to address the Coronavirus pandemic, the Bedford Central Library will be closed to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. As a result, The Bedford Community Health Foundation will make available curb side drop-off service for grant application delivery on March 18 through April 1st.

Our staff will be available to accept grant applications from 9 am to 3:30 pm each day. Prior to coming to drop-off your grant application, we ask that you call 540.586.5292 or call/text (540) 798-0214 so we can meet you outside. If someone is not available to meet you, please drop-off curbside to library staff and they will ensure we receive it.