The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is seeking applications for its Healthy Youth, Healthy Community Grant program to support engaging and advancing future leaders of underrepresented communities in the health of these communities as they envision it.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation will award a one-time grant to five nonprofit (501c3) BIPOC-led organizations that work primarily with BIPOC youth under 21. Funding is for a year- long project (new or ongoing) that youth design and implement to improve the overall health and racial equity of their community. Grant funds will be used by and for BIPOC youth to create or enhance an existing project in any medium that they believe will make their community healthier.
Projects should respond to a community challenge identified by youth. Examples include:
- Helping to provide basic needs for community members — food, shelter, health services
- Creating job opportunities
- Fostering community partnerships for advocacy or social justice
- Designing an art installation, music event or other cultural productions
The Foundation shares with these young leaders the goals of:
- Supporting the unique differences and healthy well-being of BIPOC youth based on culture, ethnicity and race by addressing inequities that create barriers to opportunity
- Supporting youth development and recognizing them as an important part of their community
- Encouraging healthy gender inclusivity beyond the binary categories of male and female
- Recognizing that advocacy, arts, creative engagement, culture, economic well-being, transportation and safety are all aspects of a healthy community
- Advocating on their own behalf to ensure they receive the resources necessary for the healthy development of all
- Five racial equity grants of $20,000 each are available to organizations.
BIPOC-led organizations serving predominantly BIPOC youth in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine or New Hampshire are eligible to apply. Successful applicant organizations will work directly with BIPOC youth and have experience in:
- Elevating the ingenuity of BIPOC youth
- Supporting and promoting the social justice advocacy of BIPOC youth
- Facilitating healthy BIPOC communities
- Increasing youth-based thought leadership and action in local communities
- Reducing the inequitable impacts of social determinants of health for all communities, particularly BIPOC communities
For more information, visit https://www.harvardpilgrim.org/public/our-foundation