Redefining Community Wellness


The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) has launched the Redefining Community Wellness Grants Program to intentionally center BIPOC voices throughout the grant-making and capacity building process.  

Grants of up to $145,000 is available per selected BIPOC organization.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, December 1 at 11:59 PM 


This funding supports activities that include a wide range of programming to address substance use directly or indirectly by focusing on social determinants of health. Proposed activities should serve the priority populations (see the RFP) and address one or more of the following areas:  

  • Overdose prevention, intervention, and postvention  
  • Addressing barriers to accessing services 
  • Addressing housing, food insecurity and other basic needs through resource navigation 
  • Strengthening belonging and relationships in communities through education and support services 


Massachusetts-based non-profit 501(c)3 organizations or groups with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor that are BIPOC-led and that primarily serve BIPOC communities including community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and Tribal, Indigenous people serving organizations. This funding is for organizations that are currently not funded by the BSAS. 


The grant will occur in two phases over 17 months.

Planning Phase: February 2024 to June 2024
Implementation Phase: July 2024 to June 2025 


We are here to help! HRiA will host a series of online sessions that applicants can join to learn about this opportunity, ask questions, and gain skills to apply. Unable to attend or missed a session? Check back for the recording and slides (see below, Past Online Sessions). 

Drop-in office hour session
Join to get your questions answered
November 17, 2023 at 12:00-1:00
Register here


Past Online Sessions

Funding info session + Questions & Answers (Q&A)
October 5, 2023 at 9:30-11:00 AM
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Substance use/Social determinants of health 101 (how to frame your proposed work) workshop + Q&A
Join to gain basic information on substance use and social determinants of health and how they are connected to help frame the work for this grant
October 18, 2023 at 10:00-11:00 PM
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Grant writing workshop + Q&A
Join to learn more information and tips on how to write proposal for grants
October 26, 2023 at 12:00-1:00 PM
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Please do not hesitate to reach out to with questions about the application process.