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Community Benefit Impact Opportunity Request for Proposals (RFP)

Southcoast Health has just completed its fourth Community Benefits Impact Opportunity campaign. This is a competitive grant process focused on addressing unmet health needs on the South Coast. Grant proposals must align with the health priority areas identified in the current year’s RFP. 

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Community Benefit Impact Opportunity Request for Proposals

To learn more about this year’s grantees and see how grant funding is being used, click on the organization name.

2019 Recipients:

  • Acushnet Council on Aging
    • Memory Café program offers weekly social support programming for community members with Alzheimer’s or pother memory changes and their caregivers. This grant will be used to offset cost of supplies, entertainment, and guest speakers.
  • Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Fall River
    • The Club’s Health Lifestyles Program involves multiple after school programs (All Stars, Man Up, SMART Girls, Healthy Habits, Triple Play) for underserved and disadvantaged youth to receive targeted mentoring and guidance on positive lifestyles and relationships.
  • Boy’s and Girl’s Club of New Bedford
    • The Boy’s and Girl’s Club will continue and expand its Triple Play program, which ensures physical activity, making smart food choices, and enhances youth’s ability to get along with others, to drive healthy lifestyles for youth.
  • City of New Bedford Community Services Department
    • The City of New Bedford Community Services Department runs the Fresh Start Program, which provides “hands-on” resources for housing stabilization to prevent homelessness, relocation assistance, and behavioral health counseling. Grant funds will be used to cover the hiring of social worker and a mental health case manager as well as the relocation services the program offers.
  • Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts
    • The CEDC provides Spanish and K’iche translation services, health care access assistance, and programming (Immigrant Support Network/Red de Apoyo, Economic Empowerment Program, Love the Ave, and Small Business Technical Assistance). This grant will be used to hire and train four new multilingual staff members to better serve the immigrant community who faces many barriers.
  • Father Bill’s & Mainstream (FBMS) in collaboration with Wareham Area Committee for the Homeless (WACH)
    • FBMS and WACH provide services for the homeless population of Greater Wareham through prevention programs, shelter, housing, case management, and wraparound support services. Grant funds would be used to support a case manager, client services, and enhanced rental assistance.
  • Grace Church: Laundry of Love
    • Laundry of Love serves the local homeless and low-income populations by ensuring they have clean clothes to wear through the use of laundry smart cards that allow 1-2 loads per guest at a laundromat with free laundry supplies in downtown New Bedford. Grant funds will be used to offset the laundromat expenses.
  • Greater New Bedford Community Health Center (GNBCHC)
    • GNBCHC provides Medication Assisted Treated (Buprenorphine) to treat opioid addiction at both of its location. GNBCHC patients also need support with non-clinical needs for successful recovery and treatment adherence which will be accomplished through a multi-disciplinary team that includes a case manager. Grant funds will be used to hire a personnel case manager.
  • Immigrants Assistance Center
    • The Immigrants’ Assistance Center provides outreach and education to reduce health disparities and promote cancer screenings within the immigrant community as well as advocacy and direct services. Grant funds will be used to hire a community health worker.
  • Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford: Drug Free New Bedford
    • Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford will expand its current services which including training and outreach and ongoing support for people experiencing a mental health crisis, homelessness, or are survivors of an opioid overdose. Grant funding will allow for more staff hours, so programs can expand and operate more efficiently.
  • Junior Achievement of Southeastern Massachusetts: SPARK
    • The Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts’s SPARK program offers marginalized middle school girls in the region a free and engaging program that includes career readiness, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, leadership development, and health and wellness promotion. Grant funds will be used to incorporate activities like the Mindful Collaborative into their week-long residential summer camp as well as their year-long program.
  • Our Sisters School
    • Our Sisters School’s grant funds will be used toward equipment for their new gymnasium in order to augment their physical fitness program.
  • People Inc.: Diabetes Association, Inc.
    • Diabetes Association, Inc. provides diabetes awareness, education, and social support for youth age 4-14 years through the Jack Rua Camp for Children with Diabetes. The funds were requested to hire more camp staff (Registered Nurse, Lead Counselor, and Mentor).
  • SSTAR: Family Health Center
    • The Family Health Care Center at SSTAR provides childhood vaccinations to area families. Grant funds will be used to purchase a Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) that will allow access to a registry with immunization records and clinical support.
  • Steppingstone Incorporated
    • Steppingstone operates the Health Screenings for the Homeless program within their emergency shelter in order to provide screenings for mental health and substance use disorders to each incoming homeless guest and connecting them to treatment.
  • United Neighbors of Fall River
    • United Neighbors of Fall River will be running the Piece by Piece Summit and a Confronting Discrimination discussion group to engage at-risk youth, school committee members, city councilors, and service providers on topics such as violence prevention, racism, health, diversity, and social media in a safe space. Grant funds will be used to help offset the costs of this event and follow-up discussion group.
  • YMCA Southcoast: Gleason
    • The Gleason Family YMCA helps children (those with and without intellectual/physical disabilities) build community, fosters physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing, and unlock creative expression through their Drums Alive program. Grant funds will be used for curriculum kits and supplies.
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited
    • Youth Opportunities Unlimited offers engaging programs that promote optimal health and well-being for local youth of diverse backgrounds, ages 9-16 such as their Explore Your Environment and Urban Explorers programs. Grant funds will be used to offset operating costs of the programs.

Past Recipients

2018 Recipients

  • Acushnet Council on Aging
  • Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Fall River
  • Boy’s and Girl’s Club of New Bedford/Wareham
  • City of New Bedford Community Services Department
  • City of New Bedford Parks and Recreation Department
  • City of New Bedford Police Department
  • Coastal Food Shed
  • Coastline Elderly Services
  • Community Boating Center, Inc.
  • Cultural Consultants & Buttonwood Park Neighborhood Association
  • Diabetes Association, Inc.
  • Diapers N’ Things
  • Family Service Association
  • Greater Fall River RE-CREATION
  • Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
  • Groundwork Southcoast
  • Henry Lord Community School
  • Immigrants Assistance Center
  • Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford/ Drug Free New Bedford
  • Junior Achievement of SEMA/ Alfred J. Gomes School
  • Katie Brown Educational Program
  • NorthStar Learning Centers, Inc.
  • Old Rochester Regional School District
  • Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction
  • PACE New Bedford
  • Rise Up for Homes
  • Rochester Police Department
  • Saint Vincent’s Home
  • Samaritans of Fall River/ New Bedford, Inc.
  • Steppingstone Incorporated
  • The Marion Institute
  • United Neighbors of Fall River
  • Wareham Area Committee for the Homeless               
  • Wareham School Department
  • Woods at Wareham/ South Shore Advocacy Center
  • YEAH! Corps
  • YMCA Southcoast Fall River             
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited
  • YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts

2017 Recipients

  • Boys and Girls Club of Fall River
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater New Bedford/Wareham
  • Bristol Elder Services
  • Child and Family Services
  • Citizens for Citizens, Inc: Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Community Foundation of Southeastern MA: The Southcoast LGBTQ Network
  • Dartmouth Board of Health
  • Fall River Public Schools: Fall River Parent Academy
  • Fall River Public Schools: Health and PE Department
  • Fall River Re-Creation
  • Grace Episcopal Church: Laundry Love
  • Healthy Tri-Town Coalition
  • Immigrants Assistance Center
  • Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford
  • Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts
  • Marion Council on Aging
  • The Marion Institute
  • Mayor’s Youth Council
  • New Bedford Community Service Department
  • New Bedford Parks and Recreation
  • PACE New Bedford
  • People Incorporated-Diabetes Association, Inc.
  • River to Recovery
  • South Shore Women’s Center
  • SSTAR
  • Steppingstone Incorporated
  • United Neighbors of Fall River
  • Wareham School Department
  • YMCA Southcoast
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited
  • YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts

2016 Recipients

  • Boys and Girls Club of Fall River
  • Boys and Girls Club of Greater New Bedford
  • Coastline Elder Services
  • Drug Free New Bedford: Greater New Bedford Inter-Church Council
  • Family Services Association
  • Grace Episcopal Church
  • Greater Fall River Partners for a Healthier Community
  • Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
  • High Point
  • Immigrants Assistance Center
  • Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts
  • Learn to Cope
  • Marion Institute
  • Mass in Motion New Bedford
  • People Incorporated
  • Southeastern Massachusetts SER Jobs for Progress
  • Trips for Kids New Bedford
  • United Neighbors of Fall River
  • Wareham School Department
  • YMCA Southcoast
  • Youth Build Fall River
  • YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts