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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and Volunteer
Initiatives to Promote Health in the Community

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Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance Charitable Foundation

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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and volunteer programs to promote health in communities across the state. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying. Funding is intended for programs that target public health issues impacting the health of the community and the health care system and for programs that provide direct care services. Grants may also be used for physician-led volunteer initiatives that provide free care to uninsured and/or underinsured patients, as well as increase access to care for the medically underserved.

The Foundation seeks to develop meaningful partnerships for health improvement with the community-based organizations that receive its support. The Foundation has long-term relationships with many of its grantees which allows it to offer additional resources and to collaborate in program development, implementation, or volunteer recruitment. All grantees are eligible for this support and the Foundation looks forward to growing its partnerships with each new grant cycle. 

Funding Priorities

Programs applying for grants must address one or more of the following:

  1. Quality Health Care Services for the Un- and Underinsured: The Foundation seeks to fund clinics and other groups that directly provide free or subsidized healthcare care for those who otherwise would not have access.  Preference is given to physician-led volunteer initiatives. As with most clinical care, the services provided will often include additional case management, education, and referral services.
  2. Behavioral Health: Though quality healthcare inherently includes behavioral health services, the Foundation separates this category of interventions to highlight the lack of high-quality behavioral and mental health services available to vulnerable populations. The Foundation hopes to grow these resources by investing in behavioral health work throughout the Commonwealth. This category includes substance abuse intervention and counseling as well as other counseling services.
  3. Access to Health Care Services: The Foundation strongly believes in the need for case management and other assistive services to help coordinate care for vulnerable patients and populations. This category includes efforts that integrate outreach and case management to access needed services and form linkages with providers. Additionally, enrollment in insurance and other public benefits, appointment and care management, and working with families to arrive at and pay for services fall into this category.
  4. Health Promotion: Preventive, educational, and outreach services are all needed to maintain health and wellbeing. This category focuses on proactive prevention, including screening, immunization, health professional education/training, and community education and outreach.
  5. Social Determinants of Health: To address the many variables that affect healthcare, the Foundation supports organizations focusing on the social determinants of health - the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, which contribute to health inequities. The Foundation is proud to award grants that work to intervene in early predictors of poor health outcomes, such as poverty, food insecurity, housing, and educational needs.

Proposals for new programs/projects are preferred over repeat requests. However, new and innovative projects from the same organization will be considered. Repeat applications for funding should specifically document how the new project differs, if it does, from past requests. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165505

Term of Contract:

Multi-year grants will be considered for start-up programs and may be appropriate when a project needs a few years to get fully established.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible programs must be either:
- Nonprofit organizations that provide direct care services or target public health issues that impact the health care system and the health of the community
- Physician-led volunteer initiatives that provide free care to uninsured/underinsured patients and increase access to care for the medically underserved.

Current policy guidelines preclude support for:
- Capital campaigns, endowments, building campaigns
- For-profit organizations
- Fundraising drives and fundraising events
- Individuals (unless applying for International Health Studies Grant or scholarships through a directed giving program)
- Private or parochial schools, colleges, or universities
- Government agencies (except in collaboration with community-based, non-profit organizations which will lead the program and act as fiscal agents)
- Organizations that advocate, support, or practice discrimination based on race, religion, age, national origin, language, gender, or physical handicap
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Research
- Political or lobbying activity

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation uses a two-stage application process, meaning that the Foundation will only accept full proposals from applicants whose Letters of Intent have been approved by the Board of Directors.

- Applicants must submit their Letters of Intent (LOIs) by January 15th.
- Complete proposals are due March 1st.
- Decisions will be posted by April 15th.

The Board will assess all Letters of Intent and Full Proposals based on measurable goals and outcomes presented in the organization’s Logic Model (see Supporting Documents below).

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

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For more information: contact the Foundation:
Jennifer Day
MMS and Alliance Charitable Foundation
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: (781) 434-7044

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