Fallon Health now accepting applications for community grant program

Worcester, Mass., May 26, 2015 ― Fallon Health, a nationally recognized, not-for-profit health care services organization, today announced that it will award more than $100,000 in grants to support innovative, community-based programs aimed at one or more of the following priorities:

  1. Promoting opportunities for at-risk/proven risk youth and young adults between the ages of 12 to 21 with a specific emphasis on youth preparing to age-out of the system and lose services
  2. Providing health and social services for seniors
  3. Improving access to good nutrition and promoting physical activity
  4. Providing 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

New this year, Fallon is introducing an enhanced online application process that begins with a Letter of Intent. Organizations meeting the criteria are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent by June 30, 2015. The Community Benefits Committee will review the LOIs and invite a selected number of organizations to submit full applications in August 2015.

“Fallon understands that applying for grants can be time consuming on organizations that already have limited resources,” said Kimberly Salmon, Director of Community Relations at Fallon Health. “Our main priority is to ensure that nonprofits in the community have a simple way to express their needs and request resources. We’re excited about offering a more efficient, user-friendly experience for submitting grant applications.”

Last year, Fallon received over 179 full grant applications and awarded ten grants totaling $139,000. Average grant size remains in the range of $10,000 and $25,000.

Grants will be awarded to new programs or the expansion of existing programs that serve the targeted populations across our entire service area throughout Massachusetts with a particular focus on the following counties: Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth and Worcester.

“Our Community Benefits Grant Program is one of the ways Fallon works with community partners to foster positive health outcomes and long-term solutions,” said Christine Cassidy, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at Fallon Health.  “As part of our mission of making our communities healthy, we’re committed to helping organizations extend their reach and maximize the impact they have on the health and well-being of those we serve.”

For more information, or to submit an online Letter of Intent, visit our website at fallonhealth.org/giving

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Carrie Wattu

Founded in 1977, Fallon Health is a leading health care services organization that supports the diverse and changing needs of those we serve. In addition to offering innovative health insurance solutions and a variety of Medicaid and Medicare products, we excel in creating unique health care programs and services that provide coordinated, integrated care for seniors and individuals with complex health needs. Fallon has consistently ranked among the nation’s top health plans, and is the only health plan in Massachusetts to have been awarded “Excellent” Accreditation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its HMO, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid products.