Behavioral Health Partnership Grants for Essex County

The Essex County Community Foundation, and its funding partners –  Evelyn Lilly Lutz Foundation, Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation, North Shore Community Health Network and other donors – have come together to provide “partnership grants” to better support behavioral health systems in Essex County.

Donor Name: Essex County Community Foundation

State: Massachusetts

Counties: Essex County (MA)

Type of Grant: Grant

Type of Entities:  Non-profit Organization, School, Faith-based Organizations, Business and Municipality

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/11/2022

Size of the Grant:  $25,000 – $100,000


Essex County Community Foundation(ECCF) believes that when people and organizations work together with common goals and metrics, each doing what they do best, they can change the system for the better.

The Foundation intentions is to develop, test or scale solutions that can improve the Behavioral Health sector in Essex County by working collectively to identify the root causes that lead to health issues and systemic barriers to care.  The goal of this work is to redistribute and reallocate the assets they have in Essex County; to reimagine and reinvent how we do things; and reskill and rebuild the workforce. This will be an opportunity to collectively co-invest in ideas that address the following from a systems perspective:

  • Greater access to services that are culturally relevant and meet people where they are
  • Reduce barriers to access such as but not limited to transportation, language or stigma
  • Greater integration of behavioral health services in housing, healthcare, and food security
  • An improved or expanded workforce by collaborating with local higher education, medical institutions and advocacy efforts for more sustainable wages and benefits

 Funding Information

Grants in the amounts of $25,000 – $100,000 will be considered and awarded based on needs and size/scope of application outcomes.

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least one 501c3 organization must be a part of the partnership applying for funding. (Their grants are limited to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501c3 nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities or municipalities that can demonstrate charitable purpose.
  • Partnerships must include two or more organizations such as, a for-profit business(es), nonprofit(s), and municipal leader(s). Additional partners may be added if the project is invited to the full application process. All partners must demonstrate a meaningful connection to the project and its objectives. Note: They are aware of the time it can take to establish meaningful collaborations and are expecting to assist and discuss potential partnership ideas with applicants.
  • Funding will only be provided to organizations serving those in Essex County and priority will be given to organizations who are based in Essex County
  • Organizations who received prior COVID-19 Response Fund grants are eligible to apply.
  • These grants are designed to be utilized within an 18-month implementation period.
  • Based upon the charitable structure of the Essex County COVID-19 Response Fund, grants CANNOT be awarded:
    • To individuals
    • For sectarian or religious purposes. COVID-19 Response Fund grants to faith-based organizations may only be used for non-conditional relief work and available to all qualified applicants without obligation
    • For political purposes
    • For debt or deficit reduction
    • For capital campaigns for buildings, land acquisition, or endowment
    • To support academic research

For more information, visit Essex County Community Foundation