Focus areas for funding

In order to better understand how we can best serve Massachusetts communities, we ask the people who live and work there. Every three years, we do a comprehensive assessment of community health needs through a public online survey. In collaboration with community partners, Fallon uses this assessment to determine the focus areas for our philanthropic efforts.

What we fund

In 2016, Fallon will distribute a limited number of grants to eligible organizations to support new or existing programs in the following areas:

Opportunities for “at-risk”/“proven risk” youth and young adults

We focus on programs that seek to provide counseling and intervention services, recreational and vocational after-school and summer programming, violence prevention programs, or drug education and diversion services for "at-risk"/"proven risk" youth and young adults between the ages of 12 and 21. Particular consideration will be given to programs that engage in any of the following:

  • Providing educational, recreational and/or vocational opportunities for at-risk/proven risk and/or economically disadvantaged youth and/or young adults, and those ensuring access to such opportunities through transportation or other much needed services.
  • Providing an integrated approach for at-risk/proven risk youth and/or young adults to assist them in accessing the available resources that support their social and mental health needs with a specific emphasis on youth preparing to age-out of the system that have a history of mental illness, trauma, truancy, substance abuse and/or criminal activity
  • Providing additional support, education and access to resources for the families of at-risk/proven risk youth and/or young adults in unstable situations, with preference given to programs that seek to maintain and support intact families

Senior health and social services

Particular consideration will be given to programs that engage in any of the following:

  • Identifying chronic illnesses such as depression and substance abuse within senior populations, and providing or linking those affected with services or programs to address these needs
  • Identifying specific issues that affect seniors and linking them to appropriate services
  • Linking seniors with services or programs that promote physical and emotional wellness

Support for individuals with behavioral and/or mental health issues

We look for programs that provide services to support individuals with behavioral and/or mental health issues with a specific emphasis on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable groups by their ethnicity, age, demographics and risk-factors.

Particular consideration will be given to programs that engage in any of the following:

  • Programs with a comprehensive integrated approach that work collaboratively across all member agencies to provide access to quality mental and behavioral health services that support, engage and empower their clients to lead full and productive lives.
  • Programs that are providing a coordinated approach to accessing the critically needed mental health services and resources across their service area including but not limited to advocacy, outreach, education and transportation to services.
  • Community-based programs addressing the behavioral health needs by offering a continuum of services including Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling, Day Treatment and Partial Hospital Programs, and Early Intervention

Communities in our service area

Health grants will be awarded to programs across our service area throughout Massachusetts with a particular focus on populations in the following counties:

  • Barnstable
  • Berkshire
  • Bristol
  • Essex
  • Hampden
  • Hampshire
  • Franklin
  • Middlesex
  • Norfolk
  • Plymouth
  • Worcester

What we do not fund

In general, Fallon Health does not fund projects outside of our service area. We also do not award health grants that are not aligned with our funding priorities. These initiatives may include endowments, capital campaigns, scholarships and the retirement of operating deficits.