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Housing Security Community-Based Health Initiative Grant

Grant to a Massachusetts Nonprofit CBO to
Address Housing Inequities in Eligible Locations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/06/21 5:00 PM


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Grant to a Massachusetts nonprofit community-based organization to reduce disparities and increase housing security in eligible locations. Funding is intended for programs and activities that address housing inequities issues faced by the residents of the communities in NWH’s primary service area: Natick, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley, and Weston. The target populations are individuals and families facing issues of housing insecurity with a focus on communities of color and immigrant communities.

Applicants are expected to propose a multi-faceted approach to addressing housing insecurity, with the following required components:

  • Housing-focused case management with emergency financial assistance to address immediate issues of housing insecurity.
  • Evidence-based or evidence-informed approaches to reduce the impact of housing insecurity and its root causes on mental health.
  • Evidence-based or evidence-informed approaches designed to increase economic independence using a self-sufficiency coaching or mentoring model.

The proposed Community-Based Health Initiative (CHI) will provide downstream interventions to individuals and families in crisis while simultaneously ensuring a portion of CHI funds are dedicated to addressing upstream causes of housing insecurity rooted in systemic and structural racism. This CHI is intended to build on increased awareness of inequities highlighted by the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and leverage this attention to support policy-level change affecting housing insecurity. As such, successful initiatives must include a policy or system change component that is rooted in the applicant’s understanding of needs through community engagement.

NWH can fund:

  • Stipends for community residents with an active role in the proposed project
  • Emergency funds to assist individuals or families facing a housing crisis
  • Staffing costs, where the staff time reflected in the proposed project budget is exclusively dedicated to the project proposed.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197242

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- In Year 1, funding in the amount of $486,674.05 will be available.
- In Years 2 through 4, annual disbursements will be $475,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Funding will be disbursed over four years.

NWH anticipates that this grant will commence on October 1, 2021. Recognizing that the selected grantee or collaborative may need time to develop the CHI, applicants may propose a planning period of up to four months. Individual-level service provision must begin no later than February 1, 2022. If proposing a planning period, the applicant must clearly identify the specific tasks to be accomplished during the planning period in the Year 1 timeline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that have a 501(c)(3) designation or those with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply.

Applicants with the necessary experience and capacity to implement all components of this CHI may apply as a single organization. Applicants lacking the capacity to provide all required components may propose a collaborative approach with one lead agency. If applying as a collaborative, the proposal must identify all organizations in the collaborative, the specific roles of each organization, and the amount of grant funds allocated to each organization.

Applicants (single or lead agency of a collaborative) must demonstrate:
1. Expertise in housing-focused case management.
2. Experience managing and distributing emergency financial assistance to individuals and families facing issues of housing insecurity.
3. All components of their approach are evidence-based or evidence-informed.
4. Organizational commitment to and feasible strategy for addressing root causes of housing insecurity through a policy or systems change effort.

NWH will not fund:
- The costs of existing programs already fully financially supported by the organization or another funder
- Interstate or international travel
- Indirect costs that exceed 25%.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Virtual Bidder’s Conference will be held on Wednesday, July 14th from 11 – 12:30 pm via Zoom.

Please fill out the RSVP form on the URL for Full Text, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due on August 6, 2021, by 5:00 pm.

Submit questions by July 16, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be sent as email attachments to, with the subject line: Housing Security CHI Proposal. Please request a return receipt when submitting your application by email.

Direct questions to the email address above.

Mass General Brigham
Newton-Wellesley Hospital
2014 Washington Street
Newton, MA 02462

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Natick, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley, and Weston

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