Thank you very much for your interest in the grants program and thank you to all who submitted grants. The grants application period has ended. We will announce the grant awards during the week of November 23.
The Hunger to Health Collaboratory is pleased to announce a grant opportunity for innovative approaches to connecting food insecurity and health through collaboration and in alignment with the Hunger to Health Collaboratory’s three pillars: food security, health equity and social justice in Massachusetts.
The Innovation Grant’s purpose is to support promising ideas that change communities and systems. This is a grant that contributes to transformation of the food and health systems with the understanding that positive, equitable change is possible when we collaborate across differences. We also prioritize approaches that place lived experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) at the center of their community building. Additionally, projects that include oversight from individuals with lived experience of food insecurity and challenging health conditions will be further prioritized, as will collaborative projects between and among two or more organizations.
Selection Criteria for the Innovation Grant:
The H2HC Innovation Grant Program will fund a project that builds on ideas that a community or collaborative group would like to introduce and test to reduce general or specific health consequences of hunger. We are committed to advancing equity in all that we do.
Beyond the general description of the Innovation Grant Program above, the proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
1. Is the plan strong and doable?
There are many fabulous, innovative ideas out there—but we’re looking for the ideas that are doable, grounded in consensus among the proposed collaborators and will share accountability for thoughtful use of resources to be successful. We’re looking for projects that address creative and tough questions, such as: Why does this problem exist? How can we address the root cause? And what can we do to make sure that no one will experience this problem again? And who are the stakeholders we need on board to make this change? How will we assure that our proposal is inclusive, especially of those whose lives will be improved by our approach?
2. Is there a strong leadership team with the support they need to advance this effort?
As a part of the review process, we will consider whether the project proposal indicates the leadership, support staff, relationships, experience, and capacity to succeed. We understand that this does not mean that success is guaranteed. We support projects that consider resiliency and flexibility as core concepts of advancing its mission, and we seek to support projects that contribute new learnings to the movements for connecting health and food security through an equity lens.
3. Could the idea have a transformative and sustainable impact across Massachusetts?
We are looking for a project that has potential to make communities in Massachusetts healthier. This could be a focused community initiative or a state-wide pilot project. We will prefer ideas that have capacity to scale in the future and emphasize sustainability.
October 29, 2020
Proposals for this Innovation Grant Program will only be accepted from organizations that would be first-time applicants or recipients of Hunger to Health Collaboratory funding. Successful organizations will reflect the capacity to receive and manage an award for up to $25,000, which will be payable in a one-time installment.
Note: If you were a 2019 MHCG recipient (and received funding in November 2019), you are not eligible for the Innovation Grant. Please review the renewals section under the MHC Grant to learn more about applying for a second year of support.
Who is Eligible?
An eligible applicant for the 2020 Innovation Grant is a new or existing organization that:
Primarily serves communities within Massachusetts. The Grant Program is intended to address the needs of communities who suffer greater burdens of food insecurity and poor health, often categorized by race, ethnicity, age, gender, citizenship status, previous incarceration, experience of trauma, substance use disorders, and other life experience(s).
And meets the below criteria:
Aligns with the H2HC organizational mission to reduce the health consequences of hunger.
Has a 501©(3) tax-exempt nonprofit designation from the IRS or operates under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit (Please have this relationship validated before submitting an application.)
Does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or the provision of services based on race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, and/or disability.
Collaborative projects are encouraged. If you are submitting a collaborative project with another organization, please indicate this in your application.
H2HC does not make competitive grants to support general operating expenses, capital construction costs, endowments, scholarships, sectarian or religious purposes, or to support candidates for political office. Grants are not made to an individuals. 2019 MHCG grantees are not eligible for the Innovation Grant.
H2HC reviews applications annually for Innovation Grants. The upcoming application deadlines are listed below:
October 29, 2020
Applicants notified by email:
How to Apply:
If you believe your organization is a good fit for the Innovation Grant and you are interested in applying, we invite you to submit an online narrative application (without an Letter of Interest). A pre-conversation is not necessary for the Innovation Grant, but, if you have questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will assist you.