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.


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Health New England is committing $50,000 to address racial health equity and health disparities. Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB) Mini Grant will award up to $7,500 per organization. Submissions are due by midnight on Monday, November 30, 2020.

Criteria: 

  • HNE’S DEIB Mini Grant provides funding to local non-profit organizations that are actively addressing racial health equity and disparities AND at least one social determinants of health. 
    • Social Determinants of Health: 
      • Built environment: Active transportation, Access to parks/open spaces, Air quality, Healthy foods access, Unintentional injury, Neighborhood conditions 
      • Education: health knowledge, health behavior, economic resources, social and psychological factors 
      • Employment: Physical aspects of work/workplace, Psychosocial aspects of work, How work is organized, Work-related resources and opportunities 
      • Housing: Physical conditions within homes, Housing affordability
      • Social Environment: institutional racism, discrimination
      • Violence and trauma
  • Programs that serve communities of color, racial and ethnic minority groups.
  • Organization must be a non-profit 501©(3)
  • Programs must target communities in the HNE service area (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties).

To apply for our DEIB Mini Grant, click here.

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 the health and safety needs of vulnerable populations such as elderly adults, individuals with underlying health conditions and individuals with low income 

- Grants will also be awarded toward organizations whose programs address housing needs, access to healthy food, education, child care, behavioral health, substance abuse, chronic conditions, preventive health and racial health equities and disparities. 

In order for us to offer this level of support, we’ve decided to reallocate funds from our annual Where Health Matters Grant and Community Benefits programs. At this time, we will not consider funding for run/walks, galas, and one-time group activities or events.


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.