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North Shore Community Health Network Fund

The North Shore Community Health Network (NSCHN), a volunteer network of health and human service organizations on the North Shore and Cape Ann, advances health equity and wellness by providing resources and opportunities for collaboration. With funding received from Lahey Health through a Determination of Need agreement, NSCHN grants support work in two focus areas:  Elder Health (EH) and Youth/Adolescent Behavioral Health (YABH).  The 2021 process will result in awards totaling approximately $45,000 for EH programs and projects and $130,000 for those addressing YABH. 


grant guidelines


NSCHN grants in 2021 will address the impacts of social isolation and the corresponding rise in behavioral and mental health needs of older adults and youth/adolescents as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the limited nature of our funds, we are especially interested in the impact of funds to make a demonstrable difference in mental and behavioral health outcomes for our target populations.  In line with our focus on equity, we will prioritize applications that address health disparities by delivering enhanced programs and services to our most-impacted and under-resourced communities.  This includes, in particular, lower income, BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color) and non-native-English speaking populations.  We are also interested in work that demonstrably improves the delivery of culturally-responsive programming by addressing staffing and training needs within youth- and elder-serving organizations.

Examples of qualifying applications could include (not an exhaustive list):

  • Universal prevention strategies and skill building to promote resilience and connection, including both peer to peer and youth to adult
  • Evidence-based models addressing risk behavior, substance use, grief and loss
  • Suicide-prevention models
  • Programs that bring services directly to impacted groups where they are (youth centers, schools, senior centers, housing complexes etc.)
  • Programs that address the digital divide
  • Companionship programs for isolated older adults

Applications due April 23, 2021; Funding Decisions Finalized by end-May, 2021.

application procedure

Our application includes instructions that outline our priorities and the criteria for scoring and assessing your application.  After reviewing these instructions, please direct any further questions to Bernadette Orr, NSCHN Director, at nschndirector@gmail.com.

Proposals must be submitted through ECCF’s Application Portal.

If you do not yet have a login for our application Portal, please read our Grant Application Process page which will give you access to the Portal.

More information can be found at our website: http://www.nschnetwork.org/2021-grants

Bernadette Orr

Director, North Shore Community Health Network



April 23, 2021


May 31, 2021


Please submit this Budget Form with your application.


$5,000 – $50,000

Two-year grants will be considered with second-year funding released contingent on availability of funds and satisfactory progress of project goals and objectives.


Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Rockport, Wenham, Danvers, Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott and Topsfield.


Interim and final reports should be submitted through the Application Portal.

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