Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund

Applications Next Accepted: Spring 2023

The purpose of the Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund is to advance projects that increase access to healthcare and/or health promotion services for vulnerable residents of Worcester County – by creating and expanding outreach services, removing barriers to care, and encouraging sustainable care coordination.

Focus Areas & Scope

“Access to care” has historically been broadly defined by the fund. But, in engaging with the community – especially, but not exclusively, in the last year – we have identified some of the most pronounced access needs right now. For 2021, we are especially interested in projects that address:

  • Language and cultural barriers
  • Waitlist mitigation
  • Technological barriers
  • Transportation

Grants may be for operational expenditures such as personnel costs, program expenses, small equipment purchases, and/or small capital projects. Grant requests between $5,000 and $25,000 will be considered. Collaborative efforts will be given a higher priority.

Please note: It is not the intent of the Fund to become a long-term underwriter of operational costs for any program.

Tips for Applicants

What We Will Not Fund

We will not consider requests from the following categories:

  • Capital Campaigns
  • Event Sponsorships
  • Individuals
  • Public organizations or municipalities (Not typically, discuss with program team member before submitting an application)
  • Houses of Worship or programs/organizations that proselytize (Not typically, discuss with program team member before submitting an application)

Profile of Successful Grantee Partners

  • 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit or an entity operating under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit. 
  • Collaboratives or loosely organized coalitions are welcome to apply and should be submitted by the designated lead partner
  • Your organization’s work is within GWCF’s geographic area served. 
    • Priority is given in the following order:
      1. Nonprofit organizations based in and serving Worcester County. 
      2. Nonprofits not based in Worcester County but have a physical presence (staff or location) should focus their application entirely on their work within Worcester County.
      3. Nonprofits providing an unduplicated service in Worcester County without a physical (staff or location) presence will be expected to demonstrate their authentic relationships with local stakeholders (Local board members, formalized partnerships, local committee/coalition service etc..)
  • Sound Organizational Practices: A legitimate and effective governing or advisory board is in place and strong planning and fiscal stewardship is happening

Expectations of Grantee Partners  

GWCF has a responsibility as stewards of community resources to report on and tell stories of collective impact. To achieve this goal, we ask that all grantee partners are able to:

  • Expend their grant within 18 months of award
  • Submit a progress report detailing their successes, challenges and lessons learned at the completion of their project or within one year of the grant award.
  • Promote our granting partnership on marketing materials, and any project related press
  • Be in touch with your program officer over the course of your grant award. Things come up and projects shift course- we want to be a resource and partner in any way we can.

To Apply

The online application can be accessed here. The first time an organization applies to the Foundation through our online application system, it creates an Organization Account to use for each application going forward. Please use the same account you have previously used, or create a new one if this your first time applying online.

History of the Fund

The Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund was established in 1996 with an endowment gift of $4 million to Greater Worcester Community Foundation. It was created as a result of the sale of Saint Vincent Hospital by the Fallon Foundation, Inc. to OrNda Healthcorp. 


With questions about this funding opportunity, contact Jonathan Cohen, Vice President for Programs and Strategy at 508-755-0980 x 111 or via email.

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