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How To Apply for Funding

How to Apply

We are excited to provide our community partners with an online funding request process, which helps us determine your eligibility, while collecting pertinent information needed to make a timely decision. We appreciate your interest in partnering with Baystate Health. Please carefully review the following information before beginning an application.

Funding Opportunities

Community Benefits Investments are awarded to organizations for initiatives that intend to generate a measurable impact . Funding will be awarded based on how well the initiative intends to strengthen social, health, economic, and environmental conditions to improve the health of our community. The initiative must also address one or more priority health needs identified in Baystate Health’s 2016 community health needs assessment and will require annual performance and impact reporting.

Awards are typically for one year and do not exceed $5,000. Applications will be accepted until the deadline date within each of our three annual funding cycles (see application deadlines section below). 

Community Sponsorships support organizations for one-time events or activities that intend to provide positive public awareness of Baystate Health and its services and/or programs. We embrace opportunities to build meaningful relationships between our community partners, our 12,000 team members, and patients and families. Sponsorships must also align with one or more priority health needs identified in Baystate Health’s 2016 community health needs assessment.

Community sponsorships do not exceed $5,000. Applications will be accepted until the deadline date within each of our three annual funding cycles (see application deadlines section below). 

Better Together Grant Programs are investments made in communities served by Baystate Health and our affiliated hospitals, including outcome-based grants, mini grants, and community education and training grants. Better Together Grant funding is available only via a Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

Better Together Grant projects must:

  • Be evidence-based, promising or best practices as the basis for projects,
  • Apply a social determinants of health framework,
  • Align with hospital’s triennial community health need assessment priorities, and/or an existing community health improvement plan,
  • Include routine performance reporting and program evaluation.

Corporate Sponsorships are financial investments greater than $10,000 that are designed to increase our brand awareness and improve the goodwill of Baystate Health as part of our overarching marketing and community relations strategy. We do not accept unsolicited requests or proposals for corporate sponsorships and prefer to take a more proactive role in identifying the organizations, initiatives, and events that best align with our mission, brand, and strategy.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for funding, requesting organizations must:

  • Be recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or have a fiscal sponsor that is tax exempt certified,
  • Be located in or primarily provide services in a community where Baystate Health or an affiliate hospital is located,
  • Submit a completed application through our online system and provide all other requested documentation. Requests must be submitted online, and Baystate Health and affiliated hospitals will not respond to written inquiries seeking funding support.

Ineligible Organizations and Requests

Baystate Health does not support the following types of organizations and requests, even if an applicant meets all other eligibility criteria outlined above:

  • Annual memberships and annual appeals  
  • Capital campaigns  
  • Endowments
  • Faith based or religious organizations (direct service programs that serve people of all faiths and backgrounds may be eligible)
  • Fraternal, labor and political organizations
  • Golf tournaments
  • Individuals  
  • Lobbying groups

Review and Approval Process

  1. Carefully review the funding cycles and respective application deadlines. Applications received after a deadline will not be considered. 
  2. To request Community Benefits Investments or Community Sponsorships, complete the online application. 
  3. Your request will initially be reviewed by Baystate’s Office of Public Health and Community Relations. 
  4. Requests that meet our criteria are then reviewed by hospital entity leadership or marketing for final decision.
  5. Better Together Grant Proposals are reviewed by hospital entity Community Benefits Advisory Councils whose recommendations are brought forward to the hospital entity leadership for final approval.

Questions about our online process, funding opportunities, and criteria may be directed to the Manager, Public Health & Community Relations, Annamarie Golden,


Baystate Health’s fiscal year is from October 1 – September 30. We will not consider more than one application per our fiscal year period from any single non-profit organization. Organizations that have received a Better Together Grant are not eligible for additional funding support until the following fiscal year. 

Application Deadlines

Baystate Heath will be accepting aplications on a rolling basis through September 30, 2017 for initiatives/events taking place through January 31, 2018.

Beginning October 1, 2017, Baystate Health will transition to funding cycles that will occur three (3) times a year. Community Benefits Investments and Community Sponsorship applications will be due at the end of the day on the dates listed in chart below. **Please note that Better Together Grant Request for Proposal (RFP) deadlines will be announced as they become available.**


*please note that Baystate Health’s fiscal year is from October 1st – September 30th 

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