Community Benefits Request
At Health New England, we are deeply committed to improving the health and lives of people in our community. We are part of the fabric of our cities and towns, the places in which we live and work, and the people who drive change for the better. Through the efforts of our Community Benefits Program, we touch the lives of thousands of people that reside within the communities we serve.

Our community benefit awards are prioritized to organizations that offer programs or initiatives that address to specific health priorities and target populations as identified in our  Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Report.

NEW: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB) Mini Grant Program

Health New England is committing $64,000 towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Mini Grants. Eligible organizations can choose from two DEIB funding opportunities. Submissions are due by midnight on Monday, August 2, 2021.

DEIB Focus 1: Organizations can receive up to $7,500 for programs that address food insecurity or gender identity and sexual orientation.
DEIB Focus 2: Organizations can receive up to $2,500 for supporting paid internships for emerging youth leaders (high school and college students).

DEIB Mini Grant Criteria

  • Organization must be a non-profit 501©(3)
  • Programs must target communities in the HNE service area (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties).
  • Priority populations include communities of color (BIPOC), racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrant and refugee populations, and justice-involved individuals.
To apply for our DEIB Mini Grant, click here. Please send questions to

COVID-19 Response Mini Grant Program

Due to the impact COVID-19 has caused to the underserved and vulnerable populations in our region, Health New England developed a COVID-19 Response Mini Grant Program to help address the needs in our community. Eligible organizations have the opportunity to request awards of up to $5,000.

In selecting organizations to receive financial support, Health New England will take into consideration a number of factors:

- An organization must be a registered as a non-profit 501c3 

- An organization must support access to: healthy foods, child care, chronic conditions, COVID-19 vaccine education and outreach, digital divide, education, housing needs, lack of resources to meet basic needs, mental health and substance use, pediatric/adolescent isolation and anxiety due to COVID, preventative health (i.e. physical activity & nutrition)  

- Grants will also be awarded toward organizations whose programs address: children and youth, individuals living in poverty or with low income levels, elderly adults, individuals with underlying health conditions, underserved communities and communities of color.  

To apply for our Covid-19 Response Mini Grant, click here. 

Note: You will need to include a current, signed W-9 tax form with your request form. If you do not have a current one available, download a blank W-9 tax form to complete it.

Have an innovative program that improves the health of people who live and work in our communities? View our Where Health Matters Grant Program page to learn more about how your organization can partner with us.