About our focus areas for funding

What we fund

Food insecurity

Today, based off the 2021 CHA, 11.74% of households in the Worcester area, receive some form of food assistance. Fallon seeks to expand its support of programs that help to address food insecurity for all individuals impacted by this issue, particularly for the most underserved and underrepresented communities. Examples may include:

  • Public school pantries/backpack programs
  • Access to nutritious foods
  • Food pantries and food donation programs
  • Mobile markets/pantries
  • Education and resources

Health initiatives for older adults

Programs that support older adults in their homes and communities by providing access to care (including behavioral health resources), resources to address safety issues in their homes or communities, resources to address issues of isolation, or resources to support access to food and utilities. Examples may include:

  • Caregiver support services
  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Healthy living programs
  • Falls/community/home safety
  • Housing stability

Additionally, priority will be given to organizations and programs within the two categories of food insecurity and health initiatives for older adults that are working to address health care inequities, reduce barriers and improve health outcomes.

For more information about specific funding priorities for our different grant types, visit our Community Impact Grants page, our corporate sponsorships page or our mini grant program page.

Communities in our service area

Grants and sponsorships are awarded to programs across our key service areas in Massachusetts with a focus on Barnstable, Berkshire, Bristol, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Plymouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Worcester Counties.

How we choose our funding priorities

In order to better understand how we can best serve our communities in Massachusetts, we ask the people who live and work there. Every three years, Fallon Health and our community partners lead a comprehensive assessment of community health needs. We use the findings of this assessment to guide us in determining the focus areas for our community giving and engagement efforts.

What we do not fund

In general, Fallon Health does not fund projects outside of our service area. We also do not award health grants that are not aligned with our funding or business priorities. These initiatives may include endowments, capital campaigns, scholarships, and the retirement of operating deficits.

Updated on February 27, 2023