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Requests for Proposals for Better Together Grants Program now being accepted

May 23, 2016
Baystate Medical Center

Baystate Medical Center and its Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC) are pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the newly established Better Together Grants Program.

Shaping the Future of Health Care and Human Services

Formerly known as the “DoN Grant Program,” Better Together unites health care and community-based nonprofit organizations across Baystate Health’s service areas to shape future health care and human services. The aim is to develop approaches that, by targeting the social determinants of health, will improve people’s overall well-being and make our communities healthier places to live.

Funding Criteria

In a more rigorous application and transparent awarding process than in past years, Better Together will utilize values and decision making criteria as rubrics for the critical evaluation of proposals. Specifically, Better Together will be interested in funding evidence-based and data-driven programs that provide an authentic path for alignment with Baystate’s community benefits mission and community health priorities, as described in the RFP.

The Better Together grants program will award outcomes-based grants (1-3 years), mini-grants (1-2 years), and community education and training grants (1 year) to eligible non-profit organizations with current IRS designated 501(c)(3) status that have projects directly benefiting residents of Hampden County, with a focus on the underserved and vulnerable populations in Greater Springfield.

Grant Proposals Due By July 1

Better Together is made possible through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Determination of Need (DoN) requirements to address community health needs. Grant proposals are due before Friday, July 1, 2016. Grant award decisions will be issued in early August with awardees completing a pre-launch implementation planning process from August through September. Grant funding will be released after October 1, 2016.

RFP Information Session

A general RFP info session will take place this Wednesday, May 25, 9 – 11 am at UMass Center at Springfield in Tower Square (1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA). All interested applicants are welcome and encouraged to attend. Pre-register by email.

Please take a moment to view the full RFP to learn more. We invite you to help disseminate this RFP into the Hampden County community via your personal and professional networks.

For more information, please email Annamarie Golden or at call 413-794-7622.