The Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation provides funding through Strategic Grants and periodic Open Grant cycles. Grant requests are only accepted during open grant cycles; each open grant cycle and available opportunities are determined by the GWCHF Board of Directors.
The majority of our investments are directed by the Foundation Board through Strategic Grants which are designed to create measurable impact in our five priority areas:
Pandemic Response Grants include three grant opportunities: Covid Emergency Response Grants, Non-profit Stabilization Grants and Technical Assistance Grants. Each grant is designed to support agencies in meeting the basic needs of vulnerable community members during the pandemic and beyond. These grants are open to nonprofit and governmental safety net agencies with missions that promote the social determinants of health.
View the Pandemic Response Grants Request for Proposals to learn more about the grant opportunities and application deadlines.
Our Health Equity Spark Grants are designed to spark Learning Journeys across our communities to identify actions that can be taken to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, barriers to health equity. Health Equity Grants will provide funding for community groups of all sizes, from community book clubs to large service organizations, to host a Learning Journey related to the topics equity, diversity and inclusion.
View the Health Equity Spark Grants Request for Proposals to learn more about the grant opportunity.
Our Community Collaboration Grants are open ongoing and are designed to build connectedness in our community. Science teaches us social connections improve physical health and mental and emotional well-being. Community Collaboration Grants support collaborative efforts that build a sense of connectedness between people or create/enhance community spaces where individuals can be active together.
View the Community Collaboration Grants Request for Proposals to learn more about the grant opportunity and application deadlines.
We are unable to fund:
GWCHF makes an effort to minimize sponsorships so that it can use its resources to drive focused improvements in health. However, on a very limited basis, the Foundation will sponsor an educational event or conference if it: