2022 Spring Grant Cycle:

In keeping with the recommendations of its 2022 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), CHNA 6 is pleased to solicit proposals from eligible nonprofit and government organizations for the following three Priority Areas:


1. Mental Health and Substance Use
Priority Area Goal: All community members have equitable, inclusive access to community-based and person-centered mental health and substance use services that build and sustain resiliency and overall well-being.


Objective 1.1:  Expand and enhance the mental health and substance use workforce who are providing culturally informed and responsive services by 2025.


Strategies

  • 1.1.1 Research and promote the development of incentive programs to increase the number of providers in our region who are providing culturally informed and responsive services.
  • 1.1.2 Provide a broad range of training opportunities that educate existing workforce and community leaders around topics such as cultural humility, trauma-informed approaches, early and comprehensive assessment and awareness of the root causes of health.
  • 1.1.3 Gather more information, as needed, about issues/barriers providers face in providing culturally relevant services.
  • 1.1.4 Assess the region’s jail diversion programs and possibilities for expansion of social worker ride-alongs with law enforcement (e.g., to other towns and hours beyond 9:00am-5:00pm)

 

Objective 1.2:  Increase the number of places all community members can access culturally informed and responsive mental health and substance use resources by 2025.

 

Strategies

  • 1.2.1 Establish a baseline of the number of places including where there are gaps in services – based on where and how people want to get services (e.g., telehealth, texting appointments, self-care, length of appointments).
  • 1.2.2 Educate and promote the use of existing resources (e.g., 988, 211, behavioral health access lines) through various channels (e.g., community forum, database, social media).
  • 1.2.3 Work to increase the number of providers who accept MassHealth.
  • 1.2.4 Advocate for MassHealth members to have expanded access to culturally relevant resources.

Objective 1.3:  Increase awareness of and understanding of mental health and substance use as health needs to reduce stigma in accessing services by 2025.

 

Strategies

  • 1.3.1 Foster community discussion and sharing of stories through community forums or other methods.
  • 1.3.2 Create opportunities for families supporting those with SUD/MH challenges to better advocate for their loved ones and find emotional support for themselves.
  • 1.3.3 Align messaging with the state’s new Behavioral Health Roadmap.
  • 1.3.4 Educate town leaders on the importance and urgency of mental health and substance use care; and the need for more services/resources.

2. Food Insecurity

 

Priority Area Goal: All community members have equitable access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food resources in a way that promotes individual dignity.

 

Objective 2.1:  Increase the number of residents who access available resources by 20% by 2025.

 

Strategies

  • 2.1.1 Promote the food calendar through a wide variety of locations and organizations (e.g., faith-based organizations, daycares, hairdressers, urgent care, clinics, municipal buildings, libraries, schools, universities, grocery stores, senior centers)
  • 2.1.2 Promote partnerships between smaller communities to develop regional food calendars.
  • 2.1.3 Promote available resources, including programs such as SNAP WIC, through existing communication mediums (e.g., local cable access, social media, radio (highlight resources through series on food resources), local newspapers)
  • 2.1.4 Develop informational sessions on available food resources and how to access them in multiple platforms and languages (e.g., Conduct Q&A sessions, develop YouTube video).
  • 2.1.5 Provide educational materials to local agencies and community partners (e.g., case managers, community health workers, first responders).

Objective 2.2:  Increase the number of healthy food access and delivery options by five by 2025.

 

Strategies

  • 2.2.1 Engage local farms and community stakeholders to collaborate on mobile farmer’s markets.
  • 2.2.2 Promote collaboration between food rescue organizations and community sites to establish a new delivery site(s).
  • 2.2.3 Confirm and promote enrollment in home grocery delivery services using SNAP benefits https://www.mass.gov/snap-online-purchasing-program
  • 2.2.4 Advocate for the importance of public/community transportation related to food insecurity.

Objective 2.3:  Assess and address the food security barriers of the three most underserved populations represented in our communities by 2025.

 

Strategies

  • 2.3.1 Identify the three most underserved cultures/populations represented in our communities.
  • 2.3.2 Identify community leaders who are part of and/or work with the cultures/populations to establish trust.
  • 2.3.3 Engage community representatives to identify food insecurity barriers for underserved populations.
  • 2.3.4 Share assessment findings with community food providers.
  • 2.3.5 Work collaboratively with community representatives and stakeholders to address food insecurity barriers identified.

 

Objective 2.4:  Establish three new food resource partnerships by 2025.

 

Strategies

  • 2.4.1 Identify existing and facilitate new food resource partnerships.
  • 2.4.2 Conduct outreach to non-traditional food partners (e.g., tech schools, churches, CBO’s).
  • 2.4.3 Assess community interest in being part of a food resource partnership.
  • 2.4.4 Explore quarterly food collaborative and invite interested organizations.

Objective 2.5:  Promote sustainability of healthy food practices by increasing participation in food preparation and nutrition programs by 20% by 2025.

 

Strategies

  • 2.5.1 Assess existing resources/trainings and promote them (e.g., Milford Regional, MassHire, YMCA – Cooking Matters).
  • 2.5.2 Engage the community in assessment of knowledge, skills and resources needed to promote sustainability of nutritious food purchasing, preparation, and overall diet.
  • 2.5.3 Identify opportunities and mediums to share these resources.
  • 2.5.4 Explore incentives to engage community members in trainings (childcare, stipends, food preparation materials).
  • 2.5.5 Distribute information about skill building programs to food resource providers and stakeholders.

3. Homelessness


Priority Area Goal: All community members can easily access or maintain safe, culturally competent and inclusive shelter/housing in a timely manner, and in a way that maintains and promotes their dignity and that is respectful of their various life experiences.


Objective 3.1: Establish a centralized online site where existing resources to address shelter and housing insecurity are easily accessible by 2025.


Strategies

  • 3.1.1 Outreach to community partners to gather information on similar efforts and to identify existing resources.
  • 3.1.2 Identify a host for the centralized, online site (e.g., explore potential corporate sponsor(s) or other financial backers).
  • 3.1.3 Establish expectations for developing and maintaining the centralized, online site, including instructions for use of existing tools (e.g., Google Translate) to translate site information into other languages.
  • 3.1.4 Include information on accessibility of resources (e.g., languages, ADA accessibility).
  • 3.1.5 Make community partners and community members aware of the “new” resources.

Objective 3.2: Increase the utilization of skills programs that address the needs identified by individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness by 2025.


Strategies

  • 3.2.1 Determine what programs exist and accessibility of each (e.g., in what languages they are offered, translation/interpreter services offered, whether they are ADA compliant, culturally appropriate/competent (establish criteria), cost of program, financial assistance available, location, transportation (in-person/virtual)).
  • 3.2.2 Pull together the people who work on transition/life skills, and who engage the community, (e.g., summit) to share information, ideas, and ways to raise awareness, and define the scope of the homelessness/at risk of homelessness situation in each community.
  • 3.2.3 Encourage service providers and organizations to offer new/expanded skills programs in areas where gaps in programming may exist.
  • 3.2.4 Coordinate efforts between service providers and organizations offering skills programs to match people, including marginalized populations, with skills programs based on individual needs.

Objective 3.3: Identify and support legislation that spans the social determinants of health in regard to housing (e.g., livable wage, safe and healthy housing, shelters, and affordable housing) by 2025.


Strategies

  • 3.3.1 Develop a “short list” of action steps on what to do to when legislation is being considered and whether CHNA 6 will advocate for support of the legislation.
  • 3.3.2 Connect with partners in Massachusetts to learn about upcoming legislation to be considered.
  • 3.3.3 Communicate with CHNA 6 partners on ways that they can advocate for or against upcoming legislation.
  • 3.3.4 Offer education, including the impact on public health, to partners and local legislators on the pending legislation.

Objective 3.4: Increase the number of longer-term shelter placement options, including transitional housing, to enable people to secure safe and stable housing by 2025.


Strategies

  • 3.4.1 Identify the need by community for shelter/transitional housing needs. See also Strategy 3.2.2
  • 3.4.2 Share information on successful models and/or best practices from other communities (e.g., Fitchburg example of Catholic Charities).
  • 3.4.3 Explore options for cooperating with shelters in communities that border the Greater Milford service area, including RI.
  • 3.4.4 Raise awareness of the need for increased capacity, where needed (e.g., community members, organizations who work with the homeless, local leaders).
  • 3.4.5 Promote programs that enable people to find long-term solutions to potential homelessness.

Application Information
The maximum grant amount is $75,000. Funding cannot be used to retroactively cover expenses already incurred. Projects must be in line with one or more strategies included in the CHIP.


CHNA 6 requires Letter(s) of Collaboration whenever the grantee’s proposal is dependent upon or requires the cooperation of another organization for the success or execution of the program. Letters should state explicitly how the organization plans to collaborate with the grantee on the requested project.  Letters are required from School Superintendents for projects that involve school districts.
All grant applicants are required to submit the following:

 

  1. Form of Intent
  2. Narrative (including cover sheet)
  3. Project budget and budget narrative
  4. Most recent audited financials or copy of Form 990 (not required for municipalities)
  5. IRS 501(c)3 determination letter (not required for municipalities)
  6. Letter(s) of collaboration (if applicable)

Forms of intent and full proposals must be submitted via the online application portal by 4:00 p.m. on the respective due dates. Incomplete or late proposals will not be considered for review.


Important Dates

  • May 13, 2022 Bidders Conference
  • June 3, 2022  Required Form of Intent due
  • June 24, 2022  Grant proposals due
  • July 15, 2022 Grants announced


Communities Served by CHNA 6
Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge.

 

To apply, click here!

 

Important tips:

 

 

This grant cycle represents the last funding initiative for the current Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  CHNA 6 is currently undergoing a comprehensive process to develop a new CHIP based on the Community Health Needs Assessment released by Milford Regional Medical Center in July of 2021.  The new CHIP will be released in early 2022 and future requests for proposals will be released in keeping with the findings. Please find a copy of the current CHIP here.


Purpose: CHNA 6 will accept proposals from eligible nonprofit and government organizations to address new and/or urgent health needs and in keeping with the goals within the CHIP’s four priority areas:

 

  1. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    • Goal: Create healthier communities and prevent chronic disease by improving nutrition and increasing physical activity
  2. Mental Health and Substance Use
    • Goal: Increase emotional health across the lifespan and build an accepting community for those who are affected by mental health and substance use issues
  3. Violence Prevention
    • Goal: Promote non-violent behaviors across the life span
  4. Access:
    • Goal: Increase availability, knowledge, and use of services and resources that promote health, wellness, and access for vulnerable populations


Application Information: The maximum grant amount is $10,000. Funding cannot be used to retroactively cover expenses already incurred.


CHNA 6 requires Letter(s) of Collaboration whenever the grantee’s proposal is dependent upon or requires the cooperation of another organization for the success or execution of the program. Letters should state explicitly how the organization plans to collaborate with the grantee on the requested project.  Letters are required from School Superintendents for projects that involve school districts.


All grant applicants are required to submit the following:

  • Form of Intent
  • Narrative
  • Project budget and budget narrative
  • Most recent audited financials or copy of Form 990 (not required for municipalities)
  • IRS 501(c)3 determination letter (not required for municipalities)
  • Letter(s) of collaboration (if applicable)
  • Forms of intent and full proposals must be submitted via the new online application portal by 4:00 p.m. on the respective due dates. Incomplete or late proposals will not be considered for review.


Important Dates:

  • November 12, 2021: Bidders Conference
  • December 1, 2021:  Required Form of Intent due
  • December 10, 2021: Grant proposals due
  • January 14, 2022: Grants announced


Communities Served by CHNA 6: Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Franklin, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge.

 

To apply, click here!

 

Important tips:

 

 

Fall 2020 Community Resiliency and Recovery Grants:

The Greater Milford Community Health Network Area (CHNA 6) is a partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Milford Regional Medical Center, local service agencies, schools, boards of health, community health centers and other health organizations, as well as other concerned citizens who are working together to build healthier communities.  CHNA 6 awards grants to nonprofits and municipalities for activities that are in line with its Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  

 

During the Summer of 2020, the CHNA 6 Steering Committee reviewed and revised the CHIP to reflect the critical public health needs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The fall grants cycle is dedicated to supporting activities included in the CHIP, here. Please find all grant documents below:

 

Grant Guidelines
Community Resiliency and Recovery Grant [...]
Adobe Acrobat document [174.0 KB]
Grant Narrative
Community Resliency and Recover Grants N[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [103.9 KB]
Grant Coversheet
CHNA 6 Fall 2020 Grant Cover Sheet PDF.p[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [72.6 KB]
Project Budget and Narrative
Project Budget and Narrative .xls
Microsoft Excel sheet [33.5 KB]

COVID-19 Emergency Grants: 

The CHNA 6 Steering Committee has voted to offer emergency grants in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications of up to $10,000 will be accepted on a rolling basis from July to September. For grant guidelines, click here. For grant application, click here. For grant guidelines, click here. For grant application, click here

COVID-19 Emergency Grant Guidelines
COVID Emergency Grant Guidelines PDF.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [118.6 KB]
COVID-19 Emergency Grants Application
COVID emergency grant application.docx
Microsoft Word document [32.4 KB]

2020 Spring Grant Awards:

In keeping with the recommendations of the October 2019 update to the 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan, the Greater Milford Community Health Network Area (CHNA 6) is pleased to be able to award grants this year that target our priority areas. After reviewing 11 applications from our partner organizations, the CHNA 6 Steering Committee is very excited to offer funding to 6 projects at $152,757.15 for this year's grant cycle. We would like to congratulate the following grant awardees:

  • The Medway Public Schools: "Wrap-Around Service Specialist"    
  • Riverside Community Care Outpatient Center: "Anxiety and Stress management YCBT for High School Students"    
  • The NAN Project, a Program of Eliot Community Human Services: "The NAN Project in Hopedale"
  • Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Inc.: "Embedding a clinician at Stacy Middle School to Provide Mental Health Counseling During School Hours"
  • Hockomock Area YMCA: "Centralized Model for School Food Pantries in Milford"
  • Franklin Food Pantry: "Community Garden"

We would like to thank everyone who applied and applaud all the great work that is happening in our community. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all the members of both Grant Review Committees, who volunteered their time to review the grants! 

2020 Spring Grant Cycle:

In keeping with the recommendations of the October 2019 update to the 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan, the Greater Milford Community Health Network Area (CHNA 6) is pleased to solicit proposals from eligible nonprofit and government organizations for the following four Priority Areas: 

  1. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  2. Mental Health and Substance Use
  3. Violence Prevention
  4. Access

Click here for all 2020 grant documents:

  1. Notification of Intent to Apply Form - required *
  2. Grant Guidelines
  3. Grant Coversheet 
  4. Project Narrative
  5. Budget Terms
  6. Project Budget and Narrative:
    1. PDF version
    2. Google drive version: Please download and save in order to use document to create budget 
  7. Sample Project Budget and Narrative 

2019 Fall Grant Announcement:

The CHNA 6 Steering Committee recognizes that valuable community projects may fit with the overall priorities of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) but do not address specific objectives and strategies.  The Community Grants Program was designed to support these projects, with a special emphasis on smaller community-based and/or grassroots organizations.  We would like to congratulate the following grant awardees:              

  • Abundant Care Inc.: "Personal Products for Underserved and Immigrant Populations”
  • Franklin Senior Center: "Treadmill Replacement"
  • Hopedale Public Schools (Bright Beginnings Center): "Bright Beginnings Center Pyramid Model Implementation"
  • Medway Public Schools: "Rachel's Challenge”
  • Milford Public Schools: "Botvin Life Skills Training”
  • Milford Youth Center: "MYC Boxing Ring”
  • Tri-Valley Inc.: "Benefits Enrollment Counselor”

We would like to thank everyone who applied and applaud all the great work that is happening in our community. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all the members of the Grant Review Committee, who volunteered their time to review the grants!

2019 Fall Community Grants:

The Greater Milford Community Health Network Area (CHNA 6) is committed to working with municipalities and nonprofit organizations to improve the health of the region.  In recent years, CHNA 6 has offered grants to address specific objectives of the 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  This “collective impact” strategy will allow for lasting social change around health issues identified as part of the Community Health Assessment.    


The CHNA 6 Steering Committee recognizes that valuable community projects may fit with the overall priorities of the CHIP but do not address specific objectives and strategies.  The Community Grants Program was designed to support these projects, with a special emphasis on smaller community-based and/or grassroots organizations.   

In keeping with the recommendations of its 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan,  CHNA 6 is pleased to solicit proposals from eligible nonprofit and government organizations for the following four CHIP Priority Areas (to review the CHIP, click here):

  1. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: To create healthier communities and prevent chronic disease by improving nutrition and increasing physical activity.
  2. Mental Health and Substance Use: To increase emotional health across the lifespan and build an accepting community for those who are affected by mental health and substance use issues.
  3. Violence Prevention: To promote non-violent behaviors across the lifespan.
  4. Access: To Increase availability, knowledge, and use of services and resources that promote health, wellness, and access for vulnerable populations in CHNA 6 communities.

Click below for Notification of Intent to Apply, 2019 Fall Grant Guidelines and Narrative and the Project Budget and Budget Narrative: 

Notification of Intent to Apply
Notification of intent to apply form PDF[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [72.4 KB]
2019 Fall Community Grant Guidelines and Narrative
2019 FALL Community Grant Guidelines PDF[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [1.4 MB]
Project Budget and Budget Narrative
Project Budget and Budget Narrative (Fal[...]
Microsoft Excel sheet [33.5 KB]

2019-2020 Grant Announcement:

In keeping with the recommendations of the 2018 October update to the Community Health Improvement Plan, CHNA 6 is pleased to be able to award grants this year that target our priority areas. After reviewing 8 applications from our partner organizations, the CHNA 6 Steering Committee is very excited to offer funding to 2 projects at $32,133.00 for our forth year grant cycle. We would like to congratulate the following grant awardees:

  1. The NAN Project
  2. Wayside Youth and Family Support Network

We would like to thank everyone who applied and applaud all the great work that is happening in our community. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all the members of both Grant Review Committees, who volunteered their time to review the grants! For complete list of grant awards, please click below. 

2019 Grant Annoucement PDF.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [171.7 KB]

Spring 2019 Update:

Thank you to all those who attended our last CHNA 6 meeting and Bidders Conference on January 18, 2019. We would also like to thank all those who signed up to be on the Grant Review Committees. For the Spring 2019 Grant cycle, we have received six level one grant proposals and two level two proposals, for a total request of $278,597.00. We wish all the agencies good luck! Final decisions will be announced on March 18, 2019.

Spring 2019-2020 Grant Info:

In keeping with the recommendations of the October 2018 update to the 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan (on main page), the Greater Milford Community Health Network Area (CHNA 6) is pleased to solicit proposals from eligible nonprofit and government organizations for the following four Priority Areas: 

  1. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  2. Mental Health and Substance Use
  3. Violence Prevention
  4. Access

The Steering Committee of the CHNA was charged with revisiting the CHIP each year to “improve and further align expectations with outcomes.”  During the fall of 2018, the Steering Committee worked to evaluate the outcomes of current grantees and how well they met the objectives of the CHIP.  In addition, the Steering Committee reviewed the 2018 Community Health Assessmentconducted by Milford Regional Medical Center.

Click here for all 2019 grant documents : 

  1. Notification of Intent to Apply Form - required *
  2. Grant Guidelines
  3. Grant Coversheet 
  4. Project Narrative
  5. Budget Terms
  6. Project Budget and Narrative: 
    1. PDF version
    2. Google drive version: Please download and save in order to use document to create budget 
  7. Sample Project Budget and Narrative 

2018-2019 Grant Announcement:

In keeping with the recommendations of the 2017 October update to the Community Health Improvement Plan, CHNA 6 is pleased to be able to award grants this year that target our priority areas. After reviewing 12 applications from our partner organizations, the CHNA 6 Steering Committee is very excited to offer funding to 8 projects at $193,161.50 for our third year grant cycle. We would like to congratulate the following grant awardees:

  1. United Way of Tri-County
  2. Family Continuity Inc. 
  3. Edward M. Community Health Center
  4. Hockomock Area YMCA (Level 1)
  5. Hockomock Area YMCA (Level 2)
  6. Milford Youth Center
  7. Medway Public Schools
  8. Franklin Food Pantry

We would like to thank everyone who applied and applaud all the great work that is happening in our community. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all the members of both Grant Review Committees, who volunteered their time to review the grants! For complete list of grant awards, please click below. 

2018 Grant Annoucement PDF.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [74.5 KB]

2017-2018 Grant Announcement:

In keeping with the reccomendations of the 2015 Community Health Improvement Plan, CHNA 6 is pleased to be able to award grants this year that target our four priority areas: Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse, Violence Prevention and Access. After reviewing 21 applications from our partner organizations, the CHNA 6 Steering Committee is very excited to offer funding to 10 projects at $247,277.23 for our second year grant cycle. We would like to congratulate the following grant awardees:
  1. United Way of Tri-County
  2. Family Continuity Inc. 
  3. Milford Police Department & JAG
  4. Riverside Community Care
  5. Edward M. Community Health Center
  6. Hockomock Area YMCA 
  7. Kennedy-Donovan Center
  8. Town of Milford Ruth Ann Bleakney Senior Center 
  9. Milford Youth Center
  10. Hockomock Area YMCA  
We would like to thank everyone who applied and applaud all the great work that is happening in our community. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to all the members of both Grant Review Committees, who volunteered their time to review the grants! For complete list of grant awards, please click below. 
2017 Grant Announcement .pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [484.2 KB]

2016-2017 Grant Awardees:

2016 Grant Award Announcement
CHNA_Grants_March2016.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [73.6 KB]
  • Click here for 2016-2017 grant report summary. 
2016 Mini-Grant Award Annoucement
2016 Mini-Grant Award Announcement.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [227.9 KB]
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