The foundation invites applications for its fall 2022 grants, which will be awarded in support of programs and organizations that directly benefit those who live and work in one of the 25 Massachusetts communities served by the foundation, including 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 has identified the following grantmaking initiatives:
Addressing Emotional Health and Resilience of Children and Youth: Grants of up to $50,000 per year for up to two years will be awarded to schools and youth-serving agencies for efforts to promote emotional health and resilience and address disparities in girls’ mental health.
Addressing Community Public Health Issues: Grants of up to $30,000 for one year with the potential for renewal will be awarded in support of community organizing to address larger public health issues, coalition building, and/or collaborative planning.
Responsive: Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded in support of new and emerging health issues (including but not limited to addressing vaccine hesitancy or barriers, new patterns or trends in substance use in the region, and the health needs of recently-arrived immigrants) and capacity-building activities (including but not limited to workforce recruitment, training, and retention; strategic planning; data collection and evaluation activities; and enhanced efforts to reach hard-to-serve populations).
To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or recognized as instruments of state or local government and directly benefit those who live and work in one of the 25 communities identified by the foundation.
The foundation requires applicants to submit a one-page concept paper plus a logic model before a full proposal, due September 30, 2022. Concept papers help the foundation assess whether the proposed project is aligned with its funding priorities. Upon review, full proposals will be due October 13, 2022, at 4:00 p.m. ET.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Metrowest Health Foundation website.