The Massachusetts General Hospital has made available $2,251,362 in grant funding, through its Determination of Need (DoN) Community Health Initiative (CHI) process, to address root causes of poor health outcomes and disparities in Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop and Revere.

Mass General is requesting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) from interested community-based non-profits, coalitions and local governments due no later than Thursday, July 2, at 3 pm.

"If we are going to move the dial on eliminating vast disparities in health based on race, ethnicity and economic status, then we must get involved outside the walls of our institution and join with partners in the broader community to address these conditions," said Mass General vice president for Community Health Joan Quinlan.

Target areas for this funding arose out of the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Implementation Plan (CHIP), a highly participatory community process which identified housing, economic stability and mobility, behavioral health and access to health and social services as top community health concerns. The Mass General Community Advisory Board (CAB), comprised of 21 members representing cross-sections from each community and residents with lived experience, selected two main strategies to focus on for this funding opportunity:
  • Workforce Development Programming (WFD)—Funding for this strategy aims to support workforce development programs, with a focus on resume building, job readiness, skills training, education, ESOL and through the cultivation of relationships with employers, trades and unions
  • Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Services through Community Health Workers (CHWs)—Funding for this strategy aims to increase the pool of Community Health Workers and Recovery Coaches with specialized mental health/substance use training who represent low-income, immigrant, LGBTQ, seniors and/or communities of color through coordinated, funded recruitment and training programs.
This is a competitive process, and all organizations demonstrating intent to address root causes and/or social determinants of health (SDOH) related to workforce development and behavioral health community needs are urged to apply. All proposals should have a policy or system change component to its initiative, and selected organizations with highly rated LOI will be invited to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP).

Information and Technical Assistance Sessions

Detailed information about the application process, funding, eligibility and timeline can be found here.

We would encourage anyone interested to join the following sessions which will be
held via online webinar:
  • Bidders' Conference/Information Session: June 19, 2020 at 12:00 - 1:30 pm. Register here
  • Technical Assistance Session: June 24, 2020 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm. Register here


Applicants may also make written inquiries concerning the submission of an LOI—the initial phase of this process—until no later than June 23, 2020, at 5:00 pm. Written inquiries must be sent to

Click here for more information and to submit a Letter of Inquiry

The deadline to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for this funding opportunity is Thursday, July 2nd, at 3 pm.