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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits to Address the Behavioral Health Needs of Local Communities

Fairlawn Foundation Fund Grant


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Funding Source
Fairlawn Foundation Fund
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts: Greater Worcester Area

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/31/21 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for innovative projects to address the behavioral health needs of local communities in eligible areas. Funding is intended for evidence-based, replicable and/or scalable, and sustainable proposals. Eligible applicants serve the Greater Worcester area, with priority given to organizations headquartered in Worcester County.

Fairlawn Foundation seeks to fund new and small burgeoning projects that innovatively address greater Worcester's behavioral health needs, including both mental health and substance issues. The Foundation is especially interested in projects that:

  • Increase the supply of qualified, culturally-competent, and appropriately-credentialed behavioral health professionals and paraprofessionals.
  • Close gaps in service, increase access to services, and diminish stigma.
  • Address relevant policy concerns, taking into account the need for public advocacy and/or education.
  • Recognize the need for wrap-around services and incorporate them in program design and execution.
  • Include the perspectives of persons with lived experience of the issues being addressed.
  • Show evidence of significant collaboration; joint proposals are encouraged.

Beginning in 2021, Fairlawn Foundation will award two different types of grants:

  • Demonstration Project Grants: A demonstration project is a means of promoting innovations and capturing and disseminating best practices through the delivery and analysis of a pilot project. 
  • Planning Grants: A planning grant results in a plan of action for bringing innovation to the field through the development of a meaningful project. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations as recognized by IRS code 501(c)(3) serving the Greater Worcester area, with priority given to organizations headquartered in Worcester County.

Fairlawn is not currently interested in funding capital projects.

Pre-Application Information
The 2021 application deadline is March 31, 2021.

Grant Application Process:

Number of Grants
Up to three planning grants and up to three demonstration project grants.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Demonstration Project Grants: Grants of $150,000 paid out over two years.
- Planning Grants: Grants of $25,000

Term of Contract
- Demonstration Project Grants: Grants paid out over two years.
- Planning Grants: Project durations of no longer than nine months.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For more information, contact Jonathan Cohen, Vice President for Programs and Strategy by calling 508-755-0980 x 111 or via email at

Greater Worcester Community Foundation
370 Main St., Suite 650
Worcester, MA 01608

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