Boston Alliance for Community Health

Initiatives and Activities

"When you add us all up, BACH's membership is in the thousands. Some of us are from the neighborhood and some of us are from an organization. We may not always agree on everything, but in the end, we all want the same thing: safe and healthy communities."


BACH RFP to Support Community Funding

Request for Proposals for Implementation of Strategic Issue Actions 2014-2015

The full RFP can be downloaded here as a PDF or a Word Document.


In May 2014 BACH completed a comprehensive two-year Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process, a citywide and neighborhood-level strategic planning process that engaged more than 2,000 residents and organization representatives. As part of the participatory process, we created a guiding vision for a Healthy Boston:

We envision a Boston that is vibrant, just, and equitable, where all people who live, work, play, pray, and learn here have optimal health and well-being and enjoy a supportive environment and a sense of safety and belonging- regardless of who they are, what neighborhood they live in, or where they come from.

The MAPP process resulted in the identification of Five Strategic Issues that will improve overall health outcomes if addressed effectively:

  1. How can we achieve racial and ethnic health equity?
  2. How can we improve coordination and integration of healthcare and community-based prevention activities/services?
  3. How can we build and increase resilience in communities impacted by trauma?
  4. How can we improve health outcomes by focusing on education, employment, and transportation policies and practices?
  5. How can we Increase the number of immigrants, people of color, and other under-represented residents in meaningful leadership roles and decision-making processes?*

During the first part of 2014, working groups on each of these issues, comprised of over 100 individuals representing 85 different organizations, developed goals and actions to take that would begin to address these issues. This aspirational plan was constructed in order for many organizations, large and small, from many sectors, to contribute towards the goals using their expertise and resources. BACH has allocated funds for its member neighborhood coalitions to address one of these issues at the neighborhood level.

This RFP is designed to help stimulate collective action on these issues at the citywide level. BACH leadership is looking to fund creative collaborative initiatives which will build a solid foundation for continued work over the next few years.

Additional copies of this RFP can be downloaded here:

Word Document »

*A fuller explanation of each of the strategic issues is in the attached document: Strategic Issues, Goals, Strategies, and Action Steps from Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership, 2014.

Grant Period and Funding Available

The funding for this set of proposals will be for 11.5 months, starting November 15, 2014 and continuing through October, 31, 2015. Proposals will be accepted through October 20, 2014.

Important dates:

  • By September 17, 2014: A brief Letter of Intent (LOI), indicating which one of the five Strategic Issue(s) and relevant Action Step(s) you plan to address as well as what coalition(s) and/or other organizations with whom you will be collaborating should be submitted to: David Aronstein at
  • September 19, 2014: A “Bidders’ Conference” will be held from 2 – 3:30 pm at 95 Berkeley Street, Boston. This meeting will be open only to organizations who have submitted a Letter of Intent by September 17.
  • October 20, 2014, 5 pm: Final proposal is due and should be emailed as a word document or a PDF to or delivered by 5 pm to David Aronstein, Boston Alliance for Community Health, 95 Berkeley Street, Suite 201, Boston, MA 02116.
  • November 7, 2014: Funding announcement will be released
  • November 12, 2014, morning: An event “launching” these initiatives and celebrating the completion of the MAPP process will be held and awardees should plan to be in attendance (details to follow)

There will be up to $150,000 available for 3-5 grants ranging from $15,000 to $40,000.