Community health centers from Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard were among 22 that received grants from MassDevelopment to fund capital improvement projects.
MassDevelopment awarded grants totaling $1,056,010 through its Community Health Center Grant Program. The program offers grants of up to $50,000 each to fund capital improvement projects including construction, renovation, equipment, furniture, technology-related projects, as well as facility needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local community health centers receiving funding were:
Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Inc., Cape Cod – $50,000. The organization will use this grant to expand and implement an access control security system and targeted camera upgrade to increase visibility in vulnerable areas at its locations in Bourne, Centerville, Falmouth, Mashpee and Sandwich.
Island Health Care, Inc., Edgartown – $50,000. Island Health will use grant funds to construct a dental center, including building out three operatories, a laboratory and additional space for employees and patient services.
Outer Cape Health Services, Inc., Provincetown – $50,000. The organization will use this grant for upgrades and renovations to its Provincetown Health Center, which will include moving and expanding pharmacy operations to a different location within the health center.
“By providing affordable health care and social services to vulnerable populations across Massachusetts, community health centers are indispensable assets in our neighborhoods,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera. “As we try to bounce back from the pandemic, it’s as important as ever to support the critical capital projects and improvements of these organizations through our Community Health Center Grant Program.”
The Community Health Center Grant Program is funded by the MassDevelopment/Massachusetts Health Educational Facilities Authority (HEFA) Charitable Trust. MassDevelopment offers other financing options to community health centers, including tax-exempt bond financing and TechDollars, a loan program to help nonprofits buy and install technology equipment.