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Request for Proposals
For the second year, the Mobilizing Health Care for a Hunger Free Massachusetts Grant (MHC grant) program will support a strong portfolio of three Massachusetts nonprofits whose work addresses the barriers and opportunities connecting health care and food insecurity. As we enter our second year of grantmaking made possible by Stop and Shop Companies, The Hunger to Health Collaboratory understands the amplified need that our state faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic and movements for racial justice.
Through our first year of administering The Mobilizing Health Care for a Hunger Free Massachusetts Grant program, we learned from the resiliency, flexibility, and dedication of our nonprofit partners. Their responsiveness and ability to pivot their programming to address the needs of their communities prompted us to amend our previous grant guidelines for 2020.
This year, The Hunger to Health Collaboratory invites community-based organizations and registered non-profits dedicated to improving health outcomes in their community by alleviating food insecurity to apply for the MHC Grant. We have implemented several changes to the program, including:
Funding priorities have been further defined. To advance H2HC’s mission to reduce the health consequences of hunger, we support three impact areas including food security, health equity, and social justice. We also prioritize organizations that put Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) with lived experiences at the center of their community building. Additionally, projects that include oversight from individuals with lived experience of food insecurity will be further prioritized, as will collaborative projects between two or more organizations.
MHC grant support is now available in the form of three $10,000 grants. Last year, MHC grant applicants were limited to awards of $5,000 maximum to support events and innovative programming to six organizations. This year’s award structure aims to encourage applicants to submit support for larger, more impactful projects that reflect the depth of our current crises.
H2HC will award one $25,000 Innovation Grant to an organization that submits an exceptional and innovative project with demonstrated ties to advancing food security, health equity, and social justice. If you would like to be considered for the Innovation Grant, please fill out a separate application.
We invite new and existing nonprofits across Massachusetts to consider a MHC grant to support their efforts to meet the needs of their communities or test innovative programs that address food insecurity and the social determinants of health.
October 23, 2020
New grantees through The Mobilizing Health Care for a Hunger Free Massachusetts (MHC) Grants are eligible for up to $10,000, paid in one installment. If you were a 2019 MHCG recipient (and received funding in November 2019), please review the renewals sections below to learn more about applying for a second year of support.
Who is Eligible?
An eligible applicant for the 2020 MHCG 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 individual.
H2HC reviews applications annually for Mobilizing Health Care for a Hunger Free MA Grants. The upcoming application deadlines are listed below:
October 23, 2020
Applicants notified by email:
How to Apply:
If you believe your organization is a good fit for an MHC 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 an MHC grant, but, if you have questions, please email us at email@example.com and a member of our team will assist you.
H2HC remains committed to our communities, and we welcome 2019 grantees to apply for renewal funding to expand and continue their one-year projects. they will be considered for up to $10,000 of support.
The limit for consecutive annual support is two-years. After this window, the organization must wait 12 months following the completion of their second-year grant period to apply for funding support again.
To Apply for Renewal Support, please complete the general application and specify that you are applying for renewal support.