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UMass Memorial Requesting Proposals from Local Non-profits for Improving the Health System and Individual Health Outcomes

  • More than $4.8 million available for mental health services, healthcare and public systems navigation and housing
  • Funding to range from $150,000 to $250,000 per year for 3-year projects and up to $150,000 for 1-year projects
  • A virtual information session will be held on Nov. 14 from 4-5 pm

Worcester, Mass – UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) has funding opportunities available for non-profits in the 2024 Community Health Assessment (CHA) service area, which consists of Worcester, Grafton, Shrewsbury and West Boylston. As part of the Determination of Need (DoN) process established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), UMMMC is required to provide five percent of its capital improvement project costs toward improving the health system and individual health outcomes.

In the continued effort to improve the health outcomes of our community members, especially those most adversely affected due to historical and institutional oppression, this funding opportunity aims to address the drivers and root causes of health disparities, as well as the provision of intervention programming and projects to address the symptoms of these inequities. These funds will aim to support local community- based organizations that presently engage, or are looking to engage in, efforts to address the selected priority areas through a Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) change approach, as well as programs and projects that serve community members through health and social programming and supports.

This DoN funds originated from the North Pavilion project which is to/will improve acute inpatient care and capacity with the addition of 91 medical-surgical beds. UMMMC will be providing $4,886,756 to eligible local non-profits addressing the below priority areas in the range of $150,000 to $250,000 per year for 3- year projects and up to $150,000 for 1-year projects.

The RFP priority areas are: Healthcare and Public Systems Navigation, Mental Health, and Housing. Other specifics:

  • Only organizations with a 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal agent/conduit are eligible.
  • Organizations may only submit one RFP.
  • Budget and justifications are required with submission.
  • RFP Open on: November 15, 2023
  • Application Deadline: January 12, 2024

Please click this link, UMMMC DoN RFP Opportunity, for information on full eligibility requirements and access to the Request for Proposal Application.

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact, UMass Memorial Medical Center, Office of Community Benefits at

About UMass Memorial Health

UMass Memorial Health is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Central Massachusetts with more than 15,500 employees and 2,100 physicians, many of whom are members of UMass Memorial Medical Group and Harrington Physician Services. We are the clinical partner of UMass Chan Medical School. Our comprehensive system includes UMass Memorial Medical Center, UMass Memorial Health – Harrington, UMass Memorial Health – HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, UMass Memorial Health – Marlborough Hospital, and UMass Memorial Health – Community Healthlink. Visit