The BOSTON COLLABORATIVE FOR FOOD AND FITNESS is a network of people who care about the health and wellness of our community. We know that there is powerful work happening around healthy food, fitness and wellness, connection, equity, and prosperity in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. We have just over $200,000 of funding available to support an aligned network of projects and pilot a collaborative model of community-led systems change.

We are piloting a community-created, participatory model of food and wellness collaboration that expands our capacity and develops new strategies to foster healthy residents living in healthy places.

Our goal is to model a shift toward an inclusive and grassroots model of community investment and collaboration in Boston. We envision providing grants to build capacity to do the work while creating a mutually supportive and aligned NETWORK OF PEOPLE OF COLOR WORKING TOGETHER FOR COLLECTIVE IMPACT. We want community leadership and insight into the issues that affect our lives everyday and identify community-driven solutions.

How to Apply

Follow 5 Easy steps to apply in the RFP document:

Key Dates

  • Deadline for submitting proposals: Eleven PM (11 PM) on Sunday, January 31, 2016.
  • INFO SESSIONS: Saturday, January 16, 2016. Questions will be answered in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, and Vietnamese. Locations:
    • 10am-1pm: Mattapan Public Library - 1350 Blue Hill Ave
    • 2pm-5pm: Dudley Public Library - 65 Warren St
  • Network Winners Announced: February 16, 2016.
  • Mandatory Grantee Summit: Saturday, February 27, 10am-4pm at 260 Washington Street Dorchester, MA 02121.

Frequently asked questions


Who can apply?

Anyone who identifies as a person of color and a resident of Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury is welcome to apply. Artists, fitness trainers, healers, healthy chefs, youth, business owners, growers, faith leaders, and community-based organizations currently working on food, wellness, equity and prosperity, are welcome!

Can individuals apply or do I need to be a non profit organization?

Yes, individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. You do not have to be a non profit organization.

Do I need to have been doing this work full time or for many years?

No, but you need to have a track record to talk about why you feel that your work and vision has the potential for greater impact -- as well as have an idea about how that greater impact might be achieved.


What is the support offered?

The Collaborative will offer a full range of support that includes funding for capacity building, technical assistance and opportunities to connect with other network winners/participants, to learn, and to create new stories, tools, strategies and materials that support your work in the community.

How much financial support is available to each grantee?

The Collaborative has over $200,000 for collective distribution. We ask that you submit a simple budget describing the financial support you anticipate needing to implement your proposed project. However, final amounts will be decided through a participatory process whereby network winners/grantees will work collectively to decide on spending.

What will the network be doing together?

We will come together to better understand what residents of color are doing across Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. We will assess needs and prioritize strategic investment to create a stronger cross-sector network and positive impacts around food, fitness and racial equity. We will discover beneficial ways of building community leadership, advocacy and ownership of the issues and solutions.

What are some examples of the type of activities you are looking to support? For example would I be able to get funding to support an event?

A grower looking to access, or improve access to, community markets. A corner store owner who needs help improving displays to sell fresh foods. A youth organization seeking to train your youth leaders around issues of environmental justice and advocacy. A community-based fitness or wellness organization that makes exercise or healing practices more accessible or relevant to the community. A social enterprise that addresses health disparities. An artist interested in documenting the food justice movement in our neighborhoods.


Does all of the work have to happen in Dorchester, Roxbury or Mattapan?



When are proposals due?

Proposals are due by 11 pm on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

When will we be notified if we have been selected?

Network winners will be announced on February 16, 2016.

When do we start working together?

Work will begin at the Mandatory Grantee Summit on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

What if I cannot attend the grantee summit?

It is extremely important that you are able to participate in the first meeting of the network. Please consider your availability carefully before applying. Childcare will be made available.

When does the work finish and what happens after?

All funding will be spent no later than October 30th 2016. Our goal is to find mutually beneficial ways for the network to continue its work beyond October 30th 2016.

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Contact Information:

Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness