Community Health Grants

Open Funding Opportunities

Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) brings together an exceptional array of clinical organizations spanning the full continuum of health care delivery — academic and teaching hospitals, community hospitals, ambulatory and urgent care centers, behavioral health programs, and home care — in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education. 

Based upon its 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process, BILH identified community behavioral health access as the system priority across its Community Benefits Service Area (CBSA). In the spring of 2023, BILH undertook a process to identify opportunities to collaboratively work with community partners to address barriers faced by community residents when accessing behavioral health (mental health and substance use) care and services.  

In response to the input from community residents and partners throughout this process, BILH is investing in strategies that elevate messaging, amplify mental health topics and foster and fund behavioral health navigation across its CBSA. These strategies are in addition to the efforts individual BILH hospitals are conducting in collaboration with community partners as part of the FY23 – FY25 Implementation Strategy (IS). All strategies align with the BILH Community Benefits Guiding Principles of accountability, community engagement, equity and impact. 

BILH Behavioral Health Navigation Request for Proposals (RFP)

Between 2024 and 2027, BILH is investing a total of $900,000 by 3-year grant totaling $300,000 each to one (1) organization in each of the Massachusetts Gateway Municipalities of Haverhill, Lynn and Quincy who has a strong track record and demonstrated capacity to implement a community-based Behavioral Health Navigator program. Grant funding will be focused on creating and implementing a community-based Behavioral Health Navigator model to increase community residents’ connections to behavioral health services and supports and provide education to the broader community about mental health and substance use resources.

Request for Proposal Resources

Applicants will need to apply via the Beth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) community benefits database (CBD). In order to access the CBD organizations will need to request access here.

Request for Proposal Timeline

  • March 22, 2024: RFP released online
  • March 22 – April 5, 2024: Q&A period*
  • April 1, 2024: Virtual information session
  • April 8, 2024: Answers posted to FAQs
  • April 22, 2024: Full Proposal due via BILH Community Benefits Database by 5:00 pm Eastern Time
  • By June 7, 2024: Full proposal applicants notified of grant decisions
  • June 17, 2024: Three-year grant term begins, starting with 3-month planning period with BILH Evaluator

*Applicants may email Michele Craig, BILH Director, Community Benefits and Community Relations if they have questions. No questions will be accepted after April 5, 2024.

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