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

Funding is limited to one year and is made available by Heywood Healthcare and CHNA 9 through the Community Health Initiative.

Proposed projects/activities/events must address health equity as defined on the CHNA 9 website: All people, regardless of ethnic/racial or socio-economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability have an equal opportunity to develop and maintain health through fair and just access to resources such as education, housing and economic stability. (Adapted from Quintz-Essenz.)

The proposal must demonstrate direct impact on the people most directly affected by health disparities. Examples of projects include training/workshops, one-time events, capacity-building activities, etc.

All groups, programs, committees, coalitions, schools, faith-based communities, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Proposed activities must be located within the CHNA 9 network (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) or the Heywood Healthcare service area (Athol, Orange, Erving, New Salem, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Warwick, and Wendell.)

To apply, download the required (1) Mini-grant cover sheet and (2) Project Narrative form found at www.chna9.com/grantopportunities. Proposals must be no longer than 3 pages, 12 point font, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins. Complete proposal must be submitted to chna9northcentral@gmail.com by Oct. 15, 2015.

CHNA 9 will provide a training workshop on grant writing on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided and registration is required. To register, email Chelsey Patriss at chna9northcentral@gmail.com.

Decisions will be made by the end of November and award recipients will be announced at the Dec. 10 CHNA 9 meeting. For additional information about CHNA9, please visit www.chna9.com.