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MetroWest Health Foundation Grant

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MetroWest Health Foundation

LOI Date:

09/30/22

Deadline Date:

10/13/22 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address health-related issues and needs in eligible communities. Applicants must submit a concept paper prior to submitting a full application. Eligible applicants are those that serve the following areas: Ashland, Bellingham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Medfield, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, and Westborough.

The foundation is seeking grant proposals from schools and agencies that serve children and adolescents that address one of the following objectives:

1. Promote Emotional Health & Resilience. To foster connection and emotional health, the foundation will fund schools and nonprofit organizations to offer new programs designed to:

  • Create meaningful connections between youth and caring adults and/or among youth. Examples could include new youth activities overseen by respected adults, formal adult-youth mentorships, and intergenerational programs for youth and older adults.
  • Offer age-appropriate groups that teach emotional resiliency skills. Examples could include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills groups, support groups, and groups focused on managing stress. 
  • Promote leadership, empowerment, and positive self-esteem. Examples could include speakers’ series, youth-led social change activities, and youth advisory councils
  • Tools and programs to support parents and caregivers in understanding and responding to the emotional needs of youth. 

2. Address Disparities in Girls’ Mental Health. According to the 2021 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey, high school girls report more cyberbullying victimization, less sleep and higher usage of social media than boys. Correlations between these factors and mental health are borne out by the 2021 data as well. Given the disproportionate rise in poorer mental health in MetroWest girls, the foundation is seeking to support programs that promote healthy lifestyles and environments that enable girls to manage stress, anxiety, and depression. These include the following:

  • Responsible social media use/social media literacy. For example, AboutFace, a California-based program, has been found to reduce girls’ need to look like people in media and increase their self-esteem and self-respect.
  • Healthy habits (sleep, nutrition, and exercise). For example, COPE (Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) seeks to improve the mental health and healthy lifestyle behaviors in at-risk populations.
  • Cyberbullying prevention and peer support enhancement. Peer support can include befriending programs, peer mediation and active listening skills development. 

3. Responsive Grants: The foundation will award a limited number of responsive grants that address pressing health and organizational needs not included in its other categories. 

For more information on addressing the emotional health and resilience of children and youth, see the following link: https://d2yy08d49bfqoo.cloudfront.net/images/Fall-2022-RFP.pdf#page=3

For more information on addressing community public health issues: https://d2yy08d49bfqoo.cloudfront.net/images/Fall-2022-RFP.pdf#page=5

For more information on responsive grants, see the following link: https://d2yy08d49bfqoo.cloudfront.net/images/Fall-2022-RFP.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176074

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Addressing the Emotional Health and Resilience of Children and Youth: Up to $50,000 per year.
- Community Public Health Issues: The maximum grant amount is $30,000.
- Responsive Grants: The maximum grant amount is $20,000.

Term of Contract:

- Addressing the Emotional Health and Resilience of Children and Youth: Funding per year for up to two years.
- Community Public Health Issues: Up to one year.
- Responsive Grants: Grants are for one year only and are not eligible for continuation funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The foundation requires applicants to submit a one-page concept paper plus logic model prior to a full proposal. Concept papers help the foundation assess whether the proposed project is aligned with its funding priorities. Concept papers, along with an accompanying cover sheet, must be submitted by Friday, September 30.

The proposal deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2022. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_471?SA=SNA&FID=35118

Concept Papers/Calls - Please call or email the following program officer:
- For Youth Mental Health, Workforce and Responsive Grants: Rebecca Donham, rdonham@mwhealth.org, (508) 879-7625 x202

- For Capacity Building, Community Engagement and Housing Stability Grants: Rebecca Gallo, rgallo@mwhealth.org, (508) 879-7625 x207

Questions concerning the application process should be directed to Cathy Glover via email at cglover@mwhealth.org or by phone at (508) 879-7625.

MetroWest Health Foundation
161 Worcester Rd, Ste. 202
Framingham, MA 01701

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Ashland, Bellingham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Medfield, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Northborough, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, and Westborough

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