The Community Health Network Area 9 (CHNA 9) announces mini-grant opportunities in the amount of $500 to $2,000, for regional short-term/limited projects, activities or events.

Open to all groups, programs, committees, coalitions, schools, faith-based communities and nonprofit organizations, requests must be made by groups with 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor, not from individuals on their own. Proposed activities must be located within the 27 communities included in the CHNA 9 network.

Proposed projects, activities or events must relate to one of the CHNA 9 areas of funding interest. These include behavioral health, health equity and healthy living. Examples of projects: Activities related to community-based prevention planning and health promotion such as training/workshops, printed materials, one-time events, capacity-building activities, etc. Funding is limited to one year.

Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m., Sept. 30. The full mini-grant announcement, eligibility requirements, guidelines and submission requirements can be found at

A Community Health Network Area is a local coalition of public, non-profit, and private sectors. Continuous improvement of health status is the goal of this partnership between MA Department of Public Health, local service providers, health providers, consumers, concerned community members, schools, faith communities and municipalities.


CHNA 9 includes the communities of Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Barre, Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Hardwick, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, New Braintree, Oakham, Pepperell, Princeton, Rutland, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster, and Winchendon. To learn more about CHNA 9, visit