CHNA 15 awards grants totaling over $150,000 annually to support programs, events, training, and community initiatives. Grant awards range from $300 for Individual Training Scholarships to $25,000 for a Collaborative or Implementation Grant. Funding opportunities support organizations and communities within the CHNA 15 area, and are available on an ongoing basis.

CHNA 15 is committed to supporting all applicants in their efforts to write successful grant applications. We strongly encourage applicants to attend all CHNA 15 RFP release information sessions and grant writing trainings, and to take advantage of Capacity Building and Professional Development Grants that can be used to build grant writing, project development and outcomes measurement skills.

For more information review Tips and Tricks for Grant Writing worksheet, and review CHNA 15 FAQ for grant applicants.

Collaborative Grants

FY 2016 Collaborative Grant Information
CHNA 15 Collaborative Grants have a broad focus and focus on Healthy Communities Principles. The focus of this grant was to fund meaningful collaborations that would be unlikely to happen without the support of this grants. In FY 2016, one Collaborative Grant of $25,000 was awarded to Boxborough United Church of Christ for the project: Racial Justice Trainng and Analysis - Boxborough and Carlisle.  

Professional Development Grants

Professional Development Grants are available throughout the year on a first come, first served basis, and are limited in size to a maximum of $300 for an individual scholarship and $1,000 for an agency staff training or community training grant. Agencies may apply for one individual scholarship and one agency or community training grant within a twelve month period, as funds allow. Learn more about Professional Developments Grants and download an application.

Capacity Building Grants

Capacity Building Grants of up to $2,000 each are available on a first come, first served basis. Grants are available to build capacity or to respond to a community health need. The broad definition of capacity building may include development of small projects, marketing, fund raising, consultant support, web or print based resources, and enhancement of office administration. An agency may receive a Capacity Building Grant every other year. Learn more about Capacity Building Grants and download an application.

Healthy Communities Planning and Implementation Grants

FY 2016 Healthy Community Planning Grant Information
Two Healthy Communities Planning Grants were awarded to the communities of Boxborough and Carlisle to fund a community process that engages local participants in an assessment and planning process from July 1, 2016 - December 31, 2017.

Visit our grant resources page to view past Healthy Communities Planning and Implementation Grant reports.


FY 2017 Mini-Grants
CHNA 15 2016-2017 Mini-Grants were awarded in June, 2016 for projects to be completed by June 30, 2017. Mini-Grant Mid-Project Reports are due by January 15, 2017.

FY 2018 Mini-Grants
Mini-Grants of up to $6,000 will be awarded for FY 2018 projects serving one or more communities within the CHNA 15 area that incorporate proven, innovative practices to improve primary care and preventive health services for vulnerable populations. MiniGrant RFP will be released on April 7, 2017 and is due by 5:00 PM on May 19, 2017.

Conflict of Interest Policy

When funding becomes available, decisions on funding requests will follow predetermined, well-documented, transparent process overseen by the Steering Committee. Examples of funding sources include DPH mini-grants, Determination of Need or "DoN" monies*, or private sources.

In order to maintain an equitable process, representatives of organizations or individuals who request funding are expected to exempt themselves from voting on their own funding proposals. All Steering Committee members shall sign a conflict of interest form when reviewing proposed grant funding. The ultimate decision in funding allocation will rest with the Steering Committee. All members of the Steering Committee shall disclose any conflict of interest on an annual basis. Steering Committee members exercise their authority in the interest of the organization and not for their own self-interest or the interest of another organization. Steering Committee members must comply with applicable Federal, state and local laws, adhere to organizations bylaws and remain guardians of the mission. Conflicts (real/perceived) in which public and private interest intersect should be managed.

All CHNA 15 members participating in a grant review process will be asked to disclose any conflict of interest and are expected to exempt themselves from reviewing proposals from organizations with whom they have a conflict.

The current conflict of interest form can be found here.

Tips and Tricks for Grant Writing

Download the Worksheet for Preparing a Strong Proposal.

FAQ for Grant Applications

Visit our FAQ page for grant applicants.