Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 20,000 team members care for patients through more than 2 million visits annually across an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services, and destination institutes. Inova’s five hospitals are consistently recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals, and Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for excellence in healthcare. Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds.


The purpose of the Inova Health Equity Opportunity is to reduce disparities and improve care for our communities described in the Inova Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). The target populations are identified under-resourced communities with unmet health needs outlined in the CHNA with the areas of focus around Behavioral Health, Health Access, and/or Economic Stability. The objectives of the proposed program/project should be clear, reasonable, and attainable, with measurable impact on the addressed need(s).


Inova is dedicated to supporting programs and opportunities that make a difference in the quality of life, health, and welfare of the communities it serves. Inova seeks to harness the collective power of community partners, agencies, and organizations to create positive social impact, however is limited in the number of programs/projects that it can support. To be considered for funding, an organization with interest in submitting an application must, at a minimum, meet the following criteria:

  1. Tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code
  2. Located in and serve residents in one of the areas evaluated by the Community Health Needs Assessments
  3. Focus area of Behavioral Health, Health Access, and/or Economic Stability

Special Considerations

Inova seeks to support eligible organizations owned and/or operated by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Organizations may submit one Inova Health Equity Opportunity Application that focuses on Behavioral Health, Health Access, and/or Economic Stability. Inova does not support programs or projects that discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation.

Budget Guidelines

Inova will consider each request for support. While some requests may be higher or lower, it is anticipated that the average funded request will be between $25,000 and $50,000.

Funding Cycle/Key Dates

  • Funding Opportunity Announced: February 28, 2023
  • Application Available: March 15, 2023
  • Applications Accepted Through: April 15, 2023 at noon 
  • Awards Announced: June 30, 2023
  • Funding Released On: August 1, 2023
  • Funding Must Be Spent By: July 31, 2024

How to Apply

  • For full information about eligibility, request requirements, and request criteria, please download: 2023 Inova Health Equity Opportunities Flyer
  • All applications must be submitted by April 15, 2023 at noon. Online support to assist with technical difficulties will be available, via, up to Friday, April 14 at 2:00pm and afterwards applications are welcomed up to the due date without online technical support.
  • Please direct any questions to
  • Unite Us/Unite Virginia: To promote the work of the awardee and further enhance the regional referral network and community partnerships, awardees will be required to participate with the Unite Us/Unite Virginia platform. Information will be available to facilitate this process in a way that works best for the awardee. 

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