Community Health Initiative | How to Apply for Funds


The current funding opportunity focuses on the Children’s Health Equity (CHEq) Initiative. The CHEq Initiative will advance child health equity through place-based collective impact approaches. The CHEq Initiative will invest in coalitions or collaboratives, within specific Boston communities to improve the health and well-being of children and families. The selected projects will foster new and long-lasting systems that promote and strengthen neighborhood cohesion.


Key Dates

  • June 13, 2019 Completed applications due online at 5:00PM EST
  • Week of July 29, 2019 Notification of funding decisions for all applicants

Eligibility for funds

  • Funds can not be used to provide medical services, support clinical trials, construct or renovate health care facilities or substitute funds currently being used to support similar activities.
  • Tax-exempt organizations or organizations with a fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must demonstrate alignment with the core principles identified for the Collaboration for Community Health.
  • Organizations must have been in existence for at least 3 years.
  • Practices or entities owned by Boston Children’s Hospital are not eligible to receive funds but may serve as collaborators.
  • Boston Children’s seeks to support coalitions or collaboratives working within or across any of the following Boston neighborhoods and/or sub-neighborhoods. They have been specifically identified as high priority neighborhoods for Boston Children’s Hospital’s overall funding strategy given their higher concentration of children.
    •  Dorchester
    •  East Boston
    •  Hyde Park
    • Jamaica Plain (with particular focus on the Southwest Corridor, defined as the area from Roxbury Crossing to Stony Brook station)
    •  Mattapan
    • Roxbury
    • South Boston

Other Boston neighborhoods outside of the aforementioned list would also be considered with a compelling proposal. Applicant coalitions or collaboratives have the option to work within a single neighborhood or across multiple neighborhoods (e.g. an applicant whose geography encompasses both Roxbury and North Dorchester or both Mattapan and Hyde Park). In addition, applicant coalitions or collaboratives may target their efforts to specific areas or populations of children or families within one or more neighborhoods (e.g. by census tract, housing development, etc.).

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For more details, see the RFP

Core Principles – Collaboration for Community Health

Selection and funding decisions will be based on a project’s alignment with the below core principles:

  1. Foster children’s healthy equity. Provide resources to level the playing field and lay the groundwork for children and youth to grow into healthy, happy, resilient and productive adults, especially among those who are disproportionately impacted by racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequities in health and the social determinants of health.
  2. Support and build community capacity. Embrace the wisdom and strength of communities and foster conditions that support effective and culturally competent approaches to health where children live, learn and play.
  3. Promote cross-sector collaboration. Develop new and existing partnerships among public, private, and/or non-profit institutions in which individuals from partner organizations commit various resources and agree to work cooperatively toward common goals to improve children’s health.
  4. Build on existing strengths and encourage new ideas. Build upon existing strengths, support emerging or promising ideas, and develop entirely new ideas to leverage precious resources and address intractable and persistent challenges for children’s health.
  5. Strengthen the integration of social and community health services and systems. Minimize burden, enhance capacity, and improve accessibility of systems that support children’s and families’ health and social needs.
  6. Encourage sustainability of efforts. Support strategies designed to achieve long-lasting improvements in children’s health.

For details on the strategy and the process to identify the strategic areas, please read the Funding Strategy Report.