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).

Eligibility 2024

Inova is dedicated to supporting programs/projects 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 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. Not a recipient of the 2023 Inova Health Equity Opportunity
  2. Tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code
  3. Located in and serve residents in one of the areas evaluated by the Community Health Needs Assessments
  4. Focus area of behavioral health, health access and/or economic stability

Special considerations

Organizations may submit one Inova Health Equity Opportunities application that focuses on behavioral health, health access and/or economic stability.

Inova seeks to support eligible organizations owned and/or operated by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). While this is not required of applicants, it will be taken into consideration based on:

  • Is the applicant organization BIPOC-owned? OR
  • Are the majority of leadership positions BIPOC? OR
  • Are the majority of board members BIPOC?

Inova does not support programs or projects that discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion or sexual orientation.

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.

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 approximately $25,000.

2024 Funding cycle/key dates

  • Application available: March 18, 2024
  • Applications accepted through: April 19, 2024 at noon
  • Awards announced: June 3, 2024
  • Please note that there will be a luncheon for award recipients on Tuesday, June 11
  • Funding released on: August 1, 2024
  • Funding must be spent by: July 31, 2025

How to apply