Fallon Health commits $200,000 to address community-based priorities of food security and supporting older adults

Application period for Fallon Health’s annual Community Impact Grants runs through April 30.

Worcester, Mass., April 3, 2023 ― Fallon Health is reaffirming its commitment to addressing health care inequities through grants targeted at reducing barriers and improving health outcomes in the communities it serves. Through its annual Community Impact Grants program, Fallon Health will award $200,000 to innovative, community-based programs that support food security and/or health initiatives for older adults.

Extra pandemic-era Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits ended in March for the approximately 630,000 Massachusetts homes that have been relying on the emergency allotments since March 2020. According to the state, on average, each family will receive about $150 per month less in benefits. 

As the pandemic demonstrated, finding ways to keep older adults living independently at home or in their communities where they are safest is both vital and challenging. Health initiatives that support older adults aging in place by providing access to care (including behavioral health resources), resources to address safety issues in the home or community, resources to address issues of isolation, or resources to address issues of housing instability, or resources to support access to food and utilities have had demonstrated results.

“In response to the need, Fallon Health is doubling down on our investment—increasing funding to $200,000 in 2023,” said Richard Burke, President and CEO of Fallon Health. “The community-based organizations we partner with through our grant program work tirelessly to reduce health disparities, promote community wellness, and improve the quality of life for people living in the communities we serve. We are committed to supporting them in this important work that is improving the quality of life for so many.”

Fallon Health’s Community Impact Grants range from $5,000 to $45,000 per proposal, with an average award of $10,000 to $20,000. New or existing projects will be considered with funding awarded to programs across the organization’s key service areas. Applications are due by 5 p.m., April 30, 2023, and must be submitted electronically at fallonhealth.org/community. Final decisions will be made, and applicants notified, in September. 

Melissa Randall
Director, Corporate Communications
Fallon Health

About Fallon Health
Fallon Health is a company that cares. We prioritize our members—always—making sure they get the care they need and deserve. Founded in 1977 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Fallon delivers equitable, high-quality coordinated care and is continually rated among the nation’s top health plans for member experience, service, and clinical quality. Today, guided by our mission of improving health and inspiring hope, we strive to be the leading provider of government-sponsored health insurance programs—including Medicare, Medicaid, and PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly)— in the region.