What We Fund

The Foundation supports community-based organizations that serve low-income and vulnerable populations in Massachusetts. Below is a list of the different grant program areas that support the Foundation’s mission by addressing issues of health care access and affordability. During the appropriate grant cycles, proposals for the Catalyst Fund, Connecting Consumers with Care, Fostering Effective Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care, Social Equity and Health, and Strengthening the Voice for Access grant areas will be accepted from organizations that are tax exempt under section 501c3 of the IRS code. If an organization does not have its own tax exempt designation, as described above, the Foundation will accept the appropriate tax exempt designation for a fiscal agent. Additionally, the Foundation does not accept applications from religious institutions, direct clinical care programs, for-profit institutions, or individuals.

The Foundation recognizes that many important and effective health care organizations serve the needs of low-income and vulnerable consumers in the Commonwealth. However, for the major grant program areas – aside from the Catalyst Fund – the Foundation does not fund proposals to support direct clinical care, specific demographic segments (e.g. only children, only women, etc.), long-term care, hospice and palliative care, and initiatives focused solely on the care of a particular disease or medical condition.

The Catalyst Fund provides one-year, non-renewable grants to help community-based health care organizations strengthen their capacity to expand access to health care in Massachusetts. 

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.  PLEASE REVIEW GUIDELINES ON THE WEBPAGE TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY. 

Connecting Consumers with Care provides grants for up to two years to Massachusetts community-based organizations and health centers to assist low-income and vulnerable consumers with enrolling in publicly subsidized health insurance, reducing rates of churn, and addressing post-enrollment issues to maximize access to care. 

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Fostering Effective Integration provides at least three years of funding for experienced programs to assess how integration of behavioral health and primary care services impact access to integrated care, patient engagement and satisfaction, and quality of care. Some of the essential elements for funding consideration include 1) programs poised to expand by broadening their focus on a specific patient population, co-morbidity, new screening, additional service or some other intervention component that creates the condition for pre- and post-measurement; 2) enhancement or creation of a patient registry; 3) detailed documentation of annual program implementation costs, and 4) experience with measuring success of the integration program. Grant recipients will participate in a quantitative evaluation of access to appropriate care that will be designed by the evaluator in cooperation with the grantees and the Foundation.

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. GRANT PROGRAM IS CLOSED UNTIL JULY 2018.

Policy and Research grants support the analysis and evaluation of health care access, costs, and care delivery by investigators representing diverse disciplines and backgrounds and seek to identify and fill knowledge gaps related to the potential impact, cost savings, and/or improvements in health status, outcomes, or access associated with existing or potential policies, programs, or care delivery approaches in Massachusetts.

NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.

Social Equity and Health provides grants for up to two years to human service organizations to demonstrate the impact of their social services on the health of their clients, or if possible, health care costs.  The goal of these analyses will be to identify greater synergies between the health care and social services fields, with an eye toward supporting an advocacy and policy agenda focused on payment options for social services.

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. GRANT PROGRAM IS CLOSED UNTIL FALL 2017.

The Foundation provides a limited number of grants on a quarterly basis to organizations undertaking activities that impact Massachusetts by: piloting programs that address health care access for low-income and vulnerable consumers; advancing knowledge and information about health care delivery, coverage, and behavioral health; promoting efforts that validate the impact of human services on health status; evaluating programs or engaging in a variety of other activities that are aligned with the Foundation’s strategic priorities and mission to expand access to care for low-income and vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: Click here to submit an application.

Strengthening the Voice for Access provides up to two-year grants for general operating support to Massachusetts statewide advocacy organizations whose mission and activities focus exclusively or significantly on promoting the health care interests of low-income Massachusetts residents.

NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. GRANT PROGRAM IS CLOSED UNTIL JUNE 2017.