The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation's Catalyst Fund supports the efforts of community-based healthcare organizations to strengthen their capacity and expand access to health care in Massachusetts. Since 2002, the fund has distributed more than three hundred and twenty grants totaling over $1 million to health centers, clinics, health care advocacy groups, and community-based organizations in the state.
The fund awards one-year, non-renewable grants of up to $5,000 for capacity-building initiatives and projects. Grant amounts are based on the size and scope of the proposed project. Examples of activities eligible for support include but are not limited to hiring a grant writer; technology enhancements (medical equipment such as automated external defibrillators are not eligible); hosting community meetings for stakeholders and constituents; engaging in leadership development opportunities for staff and/or board members; and the production of marketing or outreach materials. Requests for other types of capacity-building activities will be considered.
Grants will only be made to Massachusetts-based organizations that serve the healthcare needs of uninsured and low-income residents of the state. No grants will be made to individuals, for-profit entities, or hospitals. Grants will also not be made to support social service programming. Preference is given to organizations and health centers with limited resources.
See the BCBSM Foundation website for the complete Request for Proposals and application instructions.