BCBS Massachusetts Foundation Accepting Applications for Organizational Capacity Building

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation’s Catalyst Fund supports the efforts of community-based health care organizations to strengthen their capacity to expand access to health care in Massachusetts.

The fund awards one-year, nonrenewable grants of up to $5,000 to cover the capacity-building expenses of community health centers, clinics, mobile health units, and community-based organizations in Massachusetts. Grant amounts will be determined by the size and scope of the proposed project. Examples of activities that could be supported include but are not limited to hiring a grant writer, technology enhancements (automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, are not eligible), hosting community meetings to engage stakeholders and constituents, engaging in leadership development opportunities for staff 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 also will 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 complete guidelines and application instructions.