Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Baystate Noble Hospital Seeks Grant Proposals to Address Opioid and Substance Use Disorders



WESTFIELD, MA (March 16, 2021) - - Baystate Noble Hospital (BNH) received a FY 2021 legislative earmark to focus on prevention and treatment of opioid related substance use disorders in the Greater Westfield area. BNH has allocated $60,000 of the earmark funding for a request for proposal (RFP) community grants process to be administered in partnership with the hospital’s Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC).

Opioid and substance use disorders were identified as significant health needs in BNH's 2019 community health needs assessment (CHNA) --- for best results please view the report using Google Chrome.

Proposals that increase access to prevention, treatment, recovery, and referrals for persons with opioid and substance use disorders in the BNH service area will be considered. Stigma in communities and youth as a priority population are of particular interest for this region, but are not required elements for a proposal to be considered. Eligible organizations may request a one-time award up to $20,000. BNH recognizes that opioid and substance use disorders cannot be addressed in a silo, therefore proposals are encouraged to address the health and social needs posed by opioid and other substance use disorders, including, but not limited to, housing needs, access to healthy food, education, transportation, child care, behavioral health, chronic conditions and preventive health.  

“For the past three years, I have been successful in securing needed monies for opioid and substance use prevention work in my legislative district through the state budget.  I am pleased to have advocated for this earmark which will allow community based organizations to partner with Baystate Noble Hospital in this important work,” said Senator John Velis (2nd Hampden Hampshire District).

Please keep in mind that due to the source of funding, proposal start dates will begin May 1, 2021 and end by September 30, 2021.

Grants will be considered from not-for-profit organizations that provide services to residents in the “Baystate Noble Service Area” which includes the following Massachusetts communities: Agawam, Blandford, Chester, Granville, Huntington, Russell, Southwick, Westfield, and West Springfield.

Baystate's Office of Government and Community Relations will be hosting an information session on Wednesday, March 24, 4 - 5:00 p.m. via Zoom to review grant guidelines, application process, and answer questions that applicants may have. Info session is optional, but we highly encourage interested organizations to have a representative participate. Register in advance for information session:


Proposals will be accepted until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021.    Please visit   

Questions about the grant guidelines may be directed to Annamarie Golden at

Questions specific to the online application or technical difficulties should be directed to Brittney Rosario (Gonzalez) at


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