2018 Grant Cycle

The 2018 Cycle will open with a Letter of Inquiry, available here.  Letters may be submitted anytime via email to Bernadette Orr, NSCHN Director, at nschndirector@gmail.com.  All Letters must be received no later than December 31, 2017.  The NSCHN Steering Committee will review submitted letters and invite applications from those organizations whose projects are most closely aligned with our funding priorities.  

 

 

Children experience the joy of performing at Express Yourself, Beverly, MA

Children experience the joy of performing at Express Yourself, Beverly, MA

Youth & Adolescent Behavioral health

Areas of Need: Young people across the Network communities face multiple threats to their health and well-being.  Some of the greatest areas of need identified through our assessment are:

  • Depression and Other Mental Health Concerns
  • Alcohol, Opioid/Prescription Drugs, Marijuana, and Other Substance Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Risky Sexual Behavior
  • Safe Internet Use
  • Stress

Highlighted Responses/Interventions: The Network is open to proposals addressing these and other areas of need with evidence- and/or experience-based approaches that will have the greatest impact.  Examples of high quality responses and interventions cited in our assessment include:

  • Peer to Peer Programs in Schools
  • Programs to Support “Mindfulness” and Promote Resilience/Stress Reduction
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Collaborations among Schools, Community Organizations, and Law Enforcement
  • Employment and Training Interventions with Businesses and Stakeholders
  • Promotion of Diverse After-school Opportunities
  • Safe and Responsible Internet Use
  • Family Case Management and Support Programs
  • Sexual Health Education and Gender Identity Interventions

 

Seniors access specialized wellness courses at North Shore YMCA facilities 

Seniors access specialized wellness courses at North Shore YMCA facilities 

ELDER HEALTH AND SERVICES

Areas of Need: Older adults are among the fastest growing age groups in Network communities.  Many of the cities/towns in our service have higher percentages of 65+year old residents and households with one or more persons 65+ years or older compared to the Commonwealth as a whole.  Many older adults grapple with health risk factors that have a major impact on their physical, emotional and mental well-being.  Older adults are especially impacted by barriers to care such as social isolation, food insecurity, cost, transportation challenges, fragmentation of services, and lack of care coordination and caregiver support.  Specific needs include:

  • Depression and Stress/Anxiety
  • Dementia and Other Cognitive Impairments
  • Falls Prevention
  • Chronic Disease Management and Self-Management Support
  • Alcohol and Opioid/Prescription Drug Abuse
  • Programs to Address Barriers to Care 

Highlighted Responses/Interventions: The Network is open to proposals addressing these and other areas of need with evidence- and/or experience-based approaches that will have the greatest impact.  Examples of high quality responses and interventions cited in our assessment include:

  • Activities Focused on Identifying and Engaging Isolated Elders
  • Initiatives Enhancing the Care Transitions Process from Hospital and Other Service Settings (Particularly with the Integration of Behavioral Health)
  • Initiatives Focusing on Navigation of Community-Based Services
  • Programs to Support Independent Living and Caregiver Support
  • Programs Supporting “Options” Planning for Frail Elders
  • Interventions to Address Hoarding
  • Programs Enhancing Geriatric Care Management
  • Programs Enhancing Screening and Identification of Elders with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues
  • Programs Addressing Transportation Barriers and Isolation