Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund

Important Update for Nonprofits!
As the Foundation seeks to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, we are placing some of our granting programs on temporary hold, and redirecting others to support crisis response.

The 2020 Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund will NOT be accepting applications as originally announced. The Fund’s proceeds are being redirected to GWCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund.

We apologize for any confusion or disappointment this quick decision may cause, but as we all are experiencing, this is a very fast-moving crisis. If you have any questions or concerns about this decision, please be in touch with program officer Jonathan Cohen.


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. Advisory committee members are appointed by Reliant Medical Group (formerly known as Fallon Health System) and Greater Worcester Community Foundation to award approximately $200,000 annually from the Fund.

Areas of Interest

The purpose of the Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund is to advance projects that increase access to healthcare or health promotion services that address the social determinants of health. The Fund has aligned its priorities with those laid out in the Greater Worcester Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), specifically its Access to Care Priority Area.

We are especially interested in projects that:

  • Create outreach services to vulnerable populations.
  • Remove barriers that prevent people from accessing and receiving services.
  • Insure quality access to needed services, and result in sustainable coordinated care.
  • Promote public education around disease prevention and health promotion.

Scope and Limitations

Grants may be for operational expenditures such as personnel costs, program expenses, and small equipment purchases. 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 one program.

Application Forms & Instructions

The application form is online. 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. You may contact Foundation staff to find out if your organization already has an account in our system.

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