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Fall 2013 Grants

Grants to Massachusetts Non-Profits & Governments
for Community & School Health Programs

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The MetroWest Health Foundation

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Deadline Date:

10/18/13 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $75,000 to Massachusetts non-profit organizations and governmental agencies that offer a variety of programs and/or projects that address the health needs of those living in the MetroWest region. These grants are intended to support targeted and responsive initiatives in the following areas: Access to Care, Adolescent Mental Health, Responsive Grants, and Continuation Grants. Priorities and funding availability for each of these focus areas are outlined below.

1. Access to Care

Through this initiative, the Foundation is seeking to achieve the following outcomes:

A. Reduce the number of children and adults in the MetroWest region without health insurance. The Foundation will support aggressive community outreach, engagement, and enrollment. Funding will be provided to community agencies to work within specific communities and target populations (e.g. children, minorities, homeless, etc.) to actively assist residents in enrolling, re-enrolling, or maintaining available health insurance programs. The Foundation is also interested in funding projects working to reduce the insurance churn for those who lose coverage.

B. Increase the number of children and adults in the MetroWest region who have accessed primary and preventative care in the past year. The Foundation will support efforts to assist residents in accessing care. Funding will be provided to organizations for community health workers, patient navigators, and other preventative and supportive services that reduce barriers to care and improve the health status of individuals.

Organizations interested in access to insurance grants are eligible to apply for up to $50,000 per year and grants may be for one, two or three years in duration. Funding beyond the first year will be contingent on grantees meeting specific enrollment targets outlined in their grant proposals.

Organizations interested in access to primary and preventative care grants are eligible to apply for up to $75,000 per year and grants may be for one, two or three years in duration.

2. Adolescent Mental Health

The Foundation will provide grants to schools and non-profit organizations for universal and targeted prevention and intervention strategies. Specifically, the Foundation will fund:
A. Evidence-based or research-based programs and services for intervening with at-risk adolescents
B. Evidence-based universal mental health curricula and programs in local schools

Applicants are encouraged to review SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. Schools may select a social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for children under age 12 so long as it is evidence based and has proven mental health outcomes (e.g. Open Circle).

Applicants must be prepared to cite community-specific 2012 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey baseline mental health data (e.g. depressive symptoms, self-injury, suicidal ideation and attempted suicide) and to collect and report on progress towards reducing these behaviors.

The Foundation will fund only a limited number of proposals under this initiative. Preference will be given to schools that have participated in the Mental Health Capacity Assessment initiative or have conducted other comprehensive needs assessments.

The maximum grant amount for universal approaches is $30,000 and grants are for one year only. The maximum grant for at-risk approaches is $75,000 and applications may be for one, two or three years in duration. Funds cannot be used to supplant ongoing government operations or support.

3. Responsive Grants

Because these grants are short term, the Foundation encourages submission of applications for which ongoing support and sustainability are not required. This could include one-time consultation, replication of national models that do not require future funding (e.g. train-the-trainer models), limited health promotion activities and campaigns not already occurring in the region, equipment and/or materials, and pilot or start-up programs with identified funding sources beyond the pilot year.

Applicants must be prepared to collect and report on health outcome data by the end of the year. This could include increased participation, knowledge, skills, intent to change behavior, or creation of a new model of service.

The Foundation will fund only a limited number of proposals through its responsive grantmaking. The maximum grant amount is $20,000 and grants are for one year only.

4. Continuation Grants

The goal of the Foundation’s Continuation Grants is to provide continued financial support for grant funded projects that are achieving positive health outcomes. Organizations submitting proposals for continuation support are required to request funding at levels below their current grants.

The Foundation will not accept Continuation Grant proposals for renewal requests for grants deemed closed by the Foundation or continuation requests for projects that are already in their third and final year of funding, as in most cases the Foundation will only provide up to three years of funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136191

Estimated Size of Grant:

Access to Care and Adolescent Mental Health Initiatives: Up to $75,000; Responsive Grantmaking: Up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants for Access to Care and Adolescent Mental Health Initiatives may be for one, two, or three years in duration. Responsive grants are for one year only.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Foundation support is limited to organizations that qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, or organizations that are recognized as instrumentalities of state or local government.

The Foundation supports programs that directly benefit the health of those who live or work in one of the 25 communities in the MetroWest area:

The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals, nor does it provide funds for endowments, fundraising drives and events, retirement of debt, operating deficits, projects that directly influence legislation, political activities or candidates for public office, or programs that are customarily operated by hospitals in Massachusetts.

The Foundation does not award grants to organizations that discriminate in the provision of services on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnicity, marital status, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Foundation will host a Bidders Conference on Thursday, September 19, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Foundation office. Information on the funding initiatives as well as the application process will be included. Please RSVP to

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations interested in applying for a grant must submit a concept paper (see: prior to a full proposal. Please send concept papers by Friday, September 27 via mail or e-mail to the attention of Rebecca Donham at

Full proposals must be submitted online and be received by the Foundation by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2013. Instructions for the online application are available on the Foundation’s website at

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Cathy Glover
Tel: (508) 879-7625
Fax: (508) 879-7628

Grant Coverage Areas:

the 25 communities in the MetroWest area

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