A member of the Cambridge Health Alliance, the Somerville Health Foundation works to promote and support the provision of primary care and preventive health services to the residents of Somerville, Massachusetts, as well as educational, research, and outreach programs with the potential to improve the delivery and accessibility of primary care and preventive health services to the community.
To that end, the foundation is inviting proposals for its 2019-20 grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that address the root causes of disease, health equity, and/or health disparities, with a focus on vulnerable residents in the community.
Projects that address the following preventative health priorities will receive extra consideration: protective factors to reduce substance abuse and/or reduce violence; mental and emotional health promotion and/or stress prevention, including suicide prevention; physical activity and food/nutrition programming, infrastructure, and/or policy work related to obesity prevention and reduction of diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease; and chronic disease and disability prevention. Specific Somerville health outcomes indicate that respiratory disease (asthma and COPD), digestive diseases, cancer, living with a disability, and dental health are factors impacting the health of residents
Collaborative approaches and projects aligned with multiple priorities are strongly encouraged.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Partnerships with a fiscal agent will be considered.
See the Cambridge Health Alliance website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.