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Baystate Health and Its Community Benefits Advisory Councils Issue Request for Proposals for Better Together Grants

SPRINGFIELD – Baystate Health in partnership with its Community Benefits Advisory Councils (CBAC) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Better Together Grants.


The goal of Baystate Health’s Community Benefits Program’s 2020 Better Together Grants is to bring together health and community-based social service organizations across Baystate’s four hospital service areas to address social determinants of health, improve health outcomes, and reduce health inequities. The aim is to develop approaches that, by targeting the social determinants of health, will improve people’s overall well-being and make our communities healthier places to live, while complementing the health care system’s current services.


Applicants can submit one proposal with the proposed project aligning with the hospital’s priority Social Determinant of Health:


●        Baystate Franklin Medical Center: Social Environment

●        Baystate Medical Center: Education

●        Baystate Noble Hospital: Built environment

●        Baystate Wing Hospital: Social environment


For more detailed definitions and examples of interventions for each of the above health priorities, applicants can review the Massachusetts Department of Health (MDPH)

Determination of Need (DoN) Health Priority Guidelines at


Applicants are asked to carefully review the RFP grant guidelines prior to submitting their Letter of Intent, which is due Friday, October 23, at 11:59 p.m.


A virtual general information session will be held on Wednesday, October 7, from 2:30 – 4 p.m. All interested organizations and applicants are encouraged to register for the information session.

For those who cannot attend, the session is being recorded and will be available for access at


All applicants who submit a Letter of Intent in October will be invited to a second information session on November 10 from  2:30 – 4 p.m. in preparation for their submission of the full application in December.

Final applications are due Friday, December 4 at 11:59 p.m. with award decisions to be made in late January 2021.


Funding for the 2020 Better Together Grants RFP is made possible through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Determination of Need (DoN) Community Health Initiative (CHI) requirements related to the replacement of Baystate Medical Center’s Electrophysiology Catheterization Labs approved in November 2018.


For  more information, contact Brittney Rosario at 413-794-1801, or email