Baystate Health seeks proposals for $1.2M in Better Together grants

Baystate Heath and its community partner are seeking requests for proposals for $1.2 million in Better Together grants over three years. 

Baystate Health is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Better Together Grants.

The health system’s request is being done in partnership with its Community Benefits Advisory Councils (CBAC). The goal of the grants is to bring together health and community-based social service organizations across Baystate’s four hospital service areas to address social impacts of health, improve health outcomes, and reduce health inequities.

By targeting the social determinants of health, Baystate seeks to improve people’s overall well-being and community health, in concert with the health care system’s current services.

the total investment is $1.2M over three years across Baystate Health. Minimum grants are $25,000 and can be for one, two or three years.

The minimum per year is $25,000. Some applicants may ask and be eligible to receive more than the minimum.

Applicants can submit one proposal with the proposed project aligning with the hospital’s priority Social Determinant of Health. These are as follow Social Environment for Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Baystate Wing Hospital, Education for Baystate Medical Center, and Built Environment for Baystate Noble Hospital.

For more detailed definitions and examples of interventions for each of the above health priorities, applicants can review the Massachusetts Department of Health (MDPH) Determination of Need (DoN) Health Priority Guidelines at

Applicants are asked to carefully review the RFP grant guidelines prior to submitting their Letter of Intent, which is due Friday, October 23 at 11:59 p.m.

A virtual general information session will be held on Wednesday, October 7, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. All interested organizations and applicants are encouraged to register for the information session. For those who cannot attend, the session is being recorded and will be available for access at (

All applicants who submit a Letter of Intent in October will be invited to a second information session on November 10 from 2:30-4 p.m., in preparation for their submission of the full application in December. Final applications are due Friday, December 4, at 11:59 p.m. with award decisions to be made in late January 2021.

Funding for the 2020 Better Together Grants RFP is made possible through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Determination of Need (DoN) Community Health Initiative (CHI) requirements related to the replacement of Baystate Medical Center’s Electrophysiology Catheterization Labs approved in November of 2018.

More information can be obtained by contacting Brittney

Rosario at 413-794-1801, or emailing