MetroWest Health Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports access to health care, healthy aging, and adolescent mental health in the MetroWest region outside Boston. There are two grant cycles per year. 

FUNDING AREAS: Access to health care, healthy aging, adolescent mental health

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PROFILE: The MetroWest Health Foundation is based in Framingham, Massachusetts, and serves a 25-county region just west of the Boston city limits. This foundation was established in 1999, and with over $100 million in assets is one of the largest health-focused foundation in the state.

The top three funding areas are access to healthcare, healthy aging, and adolescent mental health. Communities served are:

  • Ashland
  • Bellingham
  • Dover
  • Framingham
  • Franklin
  • Holliston
  • Hopedale
  • Hopkinton
  • Hudson
  • Marlborough
  • Medfield
  • Medway
  • Mendon
  • Milford
  • Millis
  • Natick
  • Needham
  • Norfolk
  • Northborough
  • Sherborn
  • Southborough
  • Sudbury
  • Wayland
  • Wellesley
  • Westborough

Adolescent mental health grants focus on high school students and LGBT youth. The funder has worked to decrease bullying, strengthen mental health programs in schools, and collect data about risky adolescent behaviors. Access to care grants involve primary and preventive care in high-need communities, increasing health insurance coverage, and promoting patient-centered medical homes. Priority has been given to efforts in Framingham and Milford. Healthy aging grants address the growing elder population in this region and the chronic health conditions common to this age group. Caregiver support, social engagement efforts, and fall prevention initiatives are favored. Elder LGBT support has been provided recently as well.

MetroWest grantmaking involves two requests for proposals each year, in the spring and fall. A list of recent grants is here. Grants range from $5,000 to $150,000. The application process is all online, and questions should be directed to Cathy Glover at cglover@mwhealth.org or 508-879-7625. Capital grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

This funder provides over $5 million in support each year to nonprofits and municipalities. It has provided over $50 million in support since its establishment. Current financial data can be viewed here.

The foundation provides conference space for local nonprofits and community groups. They provide scholarships, capacity building support, and formal leadership development programs. This comes in the form of capacity-building grants and technical support, as well as a Health Leadership Program and Community Health Awards. Grant-writing classes and bidders’ conferences are hosted as well.

MetroWest is governed by a 12-member volunteer board of trustees. There are also four staff members: a president/CEO, senior program officer, program officer, and grants management director. The foundation staff can be reached at 508-879-7625 and info@mwhealth.org. The address is 161 Worcester Road, Suite 202, Framingham, Massachusetts 01701. Keep up through their news and events page.

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