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Massey Cancer Center Community Grant

Level One: Seed Grant

Overview and purpose

At Massey Cancer Center (MCC), everything we do starts with people. Our mission is to reduce the state’s cancer burden for all Virginians. Massey works with partners to develop ongoing health promotion and wellness priorities to address health equity and to make people's lives easier, safer, and better. 

Massey’s community seed grant is a mechanism for community partners and non-profit organizations to address person-centered care across the cancer continuum, from health promotion and prevention through survivorship, and reduce suffering from cancer for citizens in Massey's catchment (geographical) area.

The catchment area is the home to 4 million racially, ethnically, geographically, and socio-economically diverse individuals. The catchment spans nearly 19,000 square miles and is approximately 275 miles or 1.5-5 commuting hours to MCC, and defined as 66 contiguous localities in Virginia's central, eastern, and southern areas.

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Seed Grant Catchment Map

Grant objective

The objective of MCC’s community seed grant is to directly or indirectly impact cancer and the burden of cancer for the catchment communities. We hope to foster community integration (exchanging ideas for real-world application to solve complex problems) and trust-building by infusing the community's voice/priorities into MCC's infrastructure versus, only offering episodic community interactions. 

Available funding

$5,000 seed grants will be awarded for up to seven distinct projects in a twelve-month funding cycle. Only one application per organization will be accepted. Once a project is awarded, a project period extension will not be approved (no-cost extensions are not allowed). Grants are renewable for organizations that demonstrate measurable outcomes and describe dissemination and sustainable plans.

Applicant organization interested in submitting a proposal to this funding announcement opportunity must meet the following criteria:

  1. address emerging ideas in performance improvement, capacity building, and collaborative partnerships that address cancer health promotion, prevention, early detection, and/or health equity.
  2. fully or partially serve Virginia residents who live within MCC’s catchment area
  3. are in the state of Virginia and are recognized by the IRS as a non-profit, being either a government agency, a recognized house of worship, or an organization exempt from income tax with a 501(c)(3) public charity designation.
    • including community and faith-based organizations, advocacy   groups, coalitions, neighborhood associations, or service providers.
  4. are not a political or lobbying organization
  5. do not discriminate based on age, sex, race, color, sexual orientation, national/ethnic origin, or disability.

Applications are not accepted from non-501c private foundations, individuals, political or lobbying organizations. Applicants requesting funds for event sponsorships, scholarships, publication of books, conferences, dinners, fundraisers, capital campaigns, or endowment funds will not be considered.


  1. Organizations applying for MCC’s community seed grant must submit the completed application package, electronically, by 11:59 pm on Thursday, January 13, 2022.
  2. The activities need to be sustainable and include innovative ways to disseminate measurable outcomes. Dissemination means the targeted distribution of information and ideas related to the application’s focus to a specified target audience, and MCC especially welcomes creative dissemination ideas.

    Examples of dissemination activities may include (but is not limited to):

    • Public engagement workshops
    • Artistic exhibits or performances
    • Adaptions of materials for different audiences, based on discussion and input from the target   audience
    • Using technology to engage communities
    • Curriculum development and/or adaptation
    • Policy or policy briefs
  3. Successful applicants are required to submit a mid-term progress report at 6 months and a final evaluative report at the end of the program period.
  4. The budget and budget justification sections are reasonable and reflective of the proposed project.
  5. Priority is given to proposals that include one or more of the following:
    1. sensitivity to an emerging need of a diverse underserved population.
    2. addresses the grant objectives in priority communities in new and imaginative ways.
    3. directly impact social determinants of health factors.
    4. proposed plans for sustainability and dissemination are clearly stated.


December 7, 2021

Proposals Release Date

December 14, 2021 at 6:30pm

Technical assistance webinar

December 15, 16, 17, 20, and 21, 2021

Technical assistance conference telephone calls available (by appointment only)

January 13, 2022

Proposals Due

February 3, 2022

Awardees Announced

March 1, 2022

Project Start Date / Grant Initiation Date

September 1, 2022

Six Month Progress Report Due

March 3, 2023

Project Completion Date

March 17, 2023


Technical assistance webinar

Massey Cancer Center will host a virtual technical assistant webinar for organizations that wish to respond to MCC’s request for applications (RFA) for the seed grant.

We will review the RFA and respond to questions you may have as you prepare your application. We strongly encourage organizations that intend to apply to join us for this information session, but attendance is not a requirement.

This information session will be Tuesday, December 14th at 630pm* via Zoom.

*Individuals that cannot join us for the group session may request a one-on-one phone consultation with the technical assistance team.

Register to attend the virtual technical assistance webinar

Ready to begin?

Complete the application

Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm on the deadline (January 13, 2022). 

MCC Community Seed Grant - Contact Person:
Karen Reiter, Project Administrator
Massey Cancer Center