CHNA 18 has provided over $250,000 in grants to organizations in our nice cities and towns since 2007. We continue to offer funding opportunities to support programs, events, and other community initiatives. Check back to see any new funding announcements, and be sure to get on our mailing list for the most updated information on available grants.
NOW CLOSED Mini-Grants Supporting Innovative Approaches to Local Health Issues
The West Suburban Community Health Network Area (CHNA) 18 will be releasing funds totaling $40,000 to support programs and projects using innovative and creative approaches to local health issues. Do you have a program/idea/concept to address a local health issue that needs some financial support? CHNA 18 is interested in funding projects that utilize "outside the box" or creative approaches. We are not looking for extensive, rigorously evaluated programs, but instead new ideas and thinking that might not be supported via typical funding paths. Unique ideas are encouraged! Since these are mini-grants, the application and reporting/evaluation will not be extensive, but there should be some measurable objectives and goal posts. Check out our latest NEWSLETTER for our Spotlight Program, LACE(Language Access for Civic Engagement) for a great example of using a unique approach to helping non-English speakers access local resources.
******** These grants may be used for ANY project or program, or component thereof, that seeks to improve the health and well-being of residents in our nine cities and towns. Projects may be new or support other programs already in place. If a project is supporting an existing program, it should clearly add a new component.
CHNA 18 is thinking new and differently about the granting process. Projects do not need to be sustainable over time to be funded. Rather, successful applicants will submit projects offering a unique perspective and approach and be willing to share these innovations with other organizations; for example, a project that re-imagines the use of existing resources or connects community partners in new ways. While funded grants do not need to meet as rigorous “proven effectiveness” guidelines as previous CHNA 18 grant processes, they should be 1) appropriate, 2) relevant, 3) need-based, and 4) have an understanding of successful public health practices
Applicants are encouraged to attend a related workshop: From Ideas to Action-Innovative Approaches to Local Health Issues. Interested agencies and organizations are strongly encouraged to attend, as there will be an opportunity to “workshop” grant ideas during the event. A short grant information session will follow the workshop.
*********BONUS POINTS WILL BE AWARDED TO APPLICANTS THAT ATTEND THE WORKSHOP.**********
Grant Overview Applicants are encouraged to consider the Massachusetts Department of Public Health established Health Priorities listed below in developing projects for consideration. However, CHNA 18 understands that local organizations have a deep knowledge and understanding of local health priorities. Grantees should consider their own assessment of local priority health issues, as well as recent MDPH Priority Health Areas if applicable, when applying. MDPH Health Priority Areas include:
Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health Priorities 2015-2020
1)Health and Racial Equity: Promote health and racial equity across all MCH domains by addressing racial justice and reducing disparities.
2) Preventive Care: Promote equitable access to preventive health care including sexual and reproductive health services.
3) Substance Use: Address substance use among women of reproductive age to improve individual and family functioning.
4) Healthy Lifestyle: Improve environments, systems, and policies to promote healthy weight, nutrition, and active living.
5) Violence & Injury: Promote safe, stable, nurturing environments to reduce violence and the risk of injury.
6) Environmental Health: Reduce the impact and burden of environmental contaminants on children and their families.
7) Medical Home: Increase connections to Medical Home for all children, including those with special health needs.
8) Transitions: Support effective health-related transition to adulthood for adolescents with special health care needs.
9) Oral Health: Promote equitable access to dental care and preventive measures for pregnant women and children.
10) Emotional wellness & social connectedness: Promote emotional wellness and social connectedness across the lifespan.
Funding and Eligibility
Five grants of up to $7,000 will be allocated for larger projects
Five grants of up to $1,000 will be allocated for smaller projects
Grants are allocated in the full amount and are not renewable, however organizations will be permitted to submit their own timelines for use of funds over a two-year time frame.
There are no restrictions on use of funds, however all funded items should directly support programming to improve health outcomes. For example, purchases of equipment/supplies would be allowed if the applicant can clearly link the expenditure to programs improving health outcomes.
Any non-profit agency or organization in our nine-cities and towns, including health departments and schools, are eligible to apply. 501c3 status is not necessary but proof of non-profit status may be required
RFP released 3/13/2018
Grant information session 3/19/2018 4:00-4:30 following workshop
Intent to Apply email due 4/1/2018
Applications due 4/16/2018 5:00 pm
Funding notification will be sent out by May 31, 2018
How to Apply The application and instructions can be accessed by clicking on the link.
----CLOSED------Non-Competitive Grant for Cities and Towns in CHNA 18 CHNA 18 is offering a one-time non-competitive grant opportunity in the amount of $1,000 for cities and towns in the CHNA: Brookline , Dedham , Dover , Needham, Newton , Waltham , Wellesley , Weston , and Westwood.
Only one application from each community will be accepted. Towns should apply via the health department/local board of health. Health departments may identify a local non-profit organization to apply instead, and must include the letter template below acknowledging their approval of the application.
These funds, totaling up to $1,000 per community, can be used for any purpose the applicant determines, provided the following requirements are met:
The funding is used for a public health-related project
----CLOSED------Grants to Support Mental Health and Well-Being
recently completed a health needs assessment (available online at www.chna18.org) of all nine cities and towns
within our region. Priority health issues were identified from the data for
program planning, and mental health issues, particularly
among the elderly and youth, were prominent. Poor mental health was associated
with a variety of related health issues for individuals across the age spectrum.
Major mental health-related concerns noted in the assessment included general
stress, depression and anxiety, substance abuse, financial stress, academic
stress among youth, and issues associated with an elder population including
selection of mental health as a priority area for grant funding was based on
the need for improved services, the capacity of the CHNA membership to address
mental health issues, the belief that focusing on improving mental health would
disproportionately benefit vulnerable populations and that the CHNA, through
its grantees, could make an impact in improving the mental health of its
communities in the near future.
Leadership has chosen to address mental health comprehensively and
holistically, and plans to fund grant applications that demonstrate effective
approaches that promote and enhance the mental well-being of those who live and
work in CHNA 18 communities.
CHNA 18 is committed to supporting efforts to develop and foster new collaborations
and partnerships across agencies and across communities within our CHNA while promoting awareness of health issues within the region.
CHNA 18 will award grants to organizations that propose to address mental health issues and to promote mental well-being. Examples of possible approaches include, but are not limited to:
Reducing gaps in service.
Increasing awareness of mental health issues/reducing the stigma of mental health issues.
Improving or implementing policies, services, or programs.
Collaborating with other organizations to promote or enhance mental well-being.
Results of the needs assessment showed a need for further data collection. Grants will also be awarded to support research about the mental health needs of youth and/or elderly in our area. Examples include but are not limited to:
Conducting focus groups.
Conducting in-depth interviews.
Conducting Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR).