Funding Opportunities

CHNA 17 offers funding through grants, scholarships and periodically through learning communities.

Mental Health and Racial Equity Grants 2018

CHNA 17 is offering up to six $7,000 grants for organizations to collaborate to address needs from the CHNA 17 report on Mental Health and Racial Equity. The goal is to increase access to mental health services through advancing racial equity and building organizational capacity and leadership. Note, our focus is the intersection of mental health and racial equity, not one or the other in isolation. Additionally, we aim to work specifically on racism, and not more broadly on cultural diversity.

Guiding Principles for RFP:

  • Address findings from CHNA 17 report on Mental Health and Racial Equity
  • Build capacity for policy and/or systems change and racial equity to increase mental health access (as defined in appendix b), particularly for Black/ African American residents
  • Engage people working in social determinants of health (housing, etc.)
  • Change how “business is done”
  • “Not about us without us” – involve population in planning
  • Bridge gap between lived experience and service systems through new partnerships
  • Broker partnerships to leverage resources to meet needs of most marginalized populations in our region
  • Timing:
    Funding will be allocated in two stages (the total amount of funding is $7000). $3000 of the funding will be provided up front, and there will be a 6 month (January-June 2019) planning period. If grantees successfully meet expectations of planning phase (outlined below), $4000 of funding will be allocated for implementation beginning July 2019 running through June 30, 2020. If needed, the grantee can request an extension of the planning phase of up to 1 month (written request required with explanation of why this is needed to CHNA 17 planning director by mid-May).

    Who is eligible? In the collaboration there must be a lead organization who submits the application and holds the funding. Funding requests will be accepted from the lead organization, and must be a non-profit organization or public entity (health department, city government, etc) serving one or more CHNA 17 communities: Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Somerville, Waltham, and Watertown. Hospitals are not eligible to be the lead organization for funding but are encouraged to participate as partners. Priority will be given to organizations where the make-up of the organization is reflective of the communities served.


  • Collaborations with another organization in your community
  • Address a need that came up in the report on Mental Health and Racial Equity
  • Encourage “out of the box” thinking.
  • Recommend working with non-traditional partners
  • Work with CHNA 17 to capture and share lessons learned via video or narrative (CHNA 17 will support grantees in doing this).
  • Click HERE for details.

    Click HERE for contact sheet
    Click HERE for budget sheet
    Click HERE for letter of intent template

    Recent Grants Awarded

    Scholarships to Structural Inequities – an on the ground view; Organizational self-assessment on racial equity; Stakeholder interviews on mental health and racial equity

    Winners of Mental Health and Racial Equity Assessment Funding

    • Arlington – Arlington Housing Corporation
    • Belmont – Wayside Multi-Service Center
    • Cambridge – St. Paul’s AME Church and Cambridge Health Department
    • Somerville – Emmanuel Gospel Center and the Welcome Project
    • Watertown – Wayside Multi-Service Center
    • Waltham – Healthy Waltham & Wayside Multi-Service Center

    Information about this funding: CHNA 17 has identified mental health and racial equity as our priority areas through 2020.  It hopes to foster community engagement around mental health and racial inequities in order to ultimately inform systems change, to build community leadership to address these issues, and lay the foundation for future efforts. To do this the CHNA will start with an assessment on mental health and racial equity for American-born Blacks.  CHNA 17 will subsequently release implementation funding based on the findings from the assessment.

    • to identify particular challenges that African Americans have in accessing mental health services, and how those can be overcome.
    • to identify opportunities to intervene, and success stories of improved access opportunities.
    • to ultimately affect systemic change to eliminate racial inequities in accessing mental health services.

    For questions about this process please contact Stacy Carruth, Planning Director at

    Winners of the CHNA 17 Scholarships to the 2016 Massachusetts Public Health Association Annual Meeting

    The annual meeting focuses on how to operationalize racial equity within our work. CHNA 17 felt supporting membership in attending helps to further our own racial equity work. The following are the winners of the individual scholarships that were offered by CHNA 17:

    • Jennah Jacobs, Women’s Health Assistant Case Manager, Charles River Community Health
    • Malena Hood, Senior Epidemiologist, MA DPH
    • Shameka Gregory, Community Liaison, Transition House
    • Stephanie Berkowitz, Director of External Relations, Center for Teen Empowerment
    • Sarah Whedon, Co-founder, Bay State Birth Coalition
    • Lexi Ladd, Co-Founder, Fostering Racial Justice Group
    • Katelyn Murray, MSW Intern, Somerville Homeless Coalition
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