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2024 Stroke Public Awareness Collaboration Project

Massachusetts organizations that provide stroke care may apply for funding to be used to increase public awareness of stroke in their geographic areas. Organizations across the stroke care continuum are encouraged to apply.

Funding available for public awareness activities.

Partnerships of healthcare providers and community organizations are eligible.

May 2024 - Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke Public Awareness Collaboration Project

Healthcare organizations throughout Massachusetts that provide stroke care are eligible to receive funding to develop a Stroke Public Awareness Collaboration Project. The goal of the initiative is to support providers and to conduct stroke related public awareness activities within their communities, with special emphasis on reaching Black non-Hispanic, Asian non-Hispanic, and Hispanic populations, as well as those who are at highest risk for stroke and/or communities traditional public awareness activities may not reach. Borderland Partners LLC is administering the project.

Interested organizations should seek out collaborative partners to conduct public awareness activities together.  A minimum of two organizations from 2 different domains are required.  Collaborations must include at least 1 of the starred (*) partners.

The following organizations may apply together:

  • EMS*
  • Hospitals*
  • Post-acute* [rehabilitation hospitals, home care agencies, skilled nursing facilities]
  • Community Health Centers/Primary Care*
  • Local health departments
  • Community Organizations providing resources to at risk populations eg; social services and/or chronic disease prevention services
  • Faith-based organizations


Eligible projects must involve collaboration between two or more healthcare domains to carry out stroke awareness activities.

Public awareness activities should be designed to educate the public on the following:

  • Signs and symptoms of stroke, including F.A.S.T.
  • What to do if you suspect you, or someone else, is having a stroke
  • Risk factors for stroke
  • Ways to decrease risk of stroke

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Hosting a stroke education table or activity at a local food pantry, farmers market, or other community event that is likely to reach the target population.
  • Salaries for staff when they are working directly at an event.
  • Partnering with area Council on Aging to distribute F.A.S.T. materials with the medically-tailored home meal delivery service.
  • Developing a stroke awareness message to be delivered at a sporting/theater/music event.
  • Hosting a series of stroke education sessions in-person or virtually during May, Stroke Month.
  • Hosting a large/small community education event.

Examples of ineligible activities include:

  • Indirect (overhead) costs for lead organizations and their partners.
  • Funding used to educate applicants’/partners’ staff or providers.
  • Creating collateral materials that duplicate what is already available in the Massachusetts Clearing house.
  • Equipment or technology that is not directly related to educating the community and/or patients at risk for or recovering from stroke.

Additional materials:

The Wisconsin Chronic Disease Prevention Program has developed a Community Outreach Stroke Awareness Event Planning Toolkit that you may find helpful. It can be found here:                                      

You can access free Stroke materials here:                              


Projects will be awarded up to a maximum of $20,000. The number of awards that receive funding will depend on the number of organizations that apply for and meet funding criteria. All funded activities must be completed by Friday, June 28, 2024.  A Final Report must be completed and submitted by the lead organization within 30 days of activity completion.


Application Process

Lead organizations must submit the application for funding. Eligible lead organizations include:

  • EMS
  • Hospitals
  • Post-acute [rehabilitation hospitals, home care agencies, skilled nursing facilities]
  • Community Health Centers/Primary Care


Each lead organization must include participation from at least one other organization. A letter of commitment from a partner organization can serve as evidence of intended participation.

Note that the lead organization must be prepared to receive all funding electronically and assume responsibility for:

  1. Distributing funding to partner organizations, and;
  2. Submitting a final report describing how the funds were used and the reach and impact of the funded activities.

To apply to participate as a collaborator for the Stroke Public Awareness Collaboration Project, please follow the instructions:

  1. Download and complete an application here: Application Form
  2. Download the -Letter of Participation for each collaborative partner/site- here: Partner Letter Template
  3. Submit the application and the letter to by Friday, April 5, 2024, at 5 pm.

Documents should be sent as an email attachment. The email message line should read, “Application for Stroke Public Awareness Collaboration Project Funding.” The attached document should be titled, “[Name of lead organization]application.”

The application is due to Borderland Partners no later than 5 pm on April 5, 2024. No late submissions will be accepted.


Questions about the funding and application process should be directed in writing via email to  No questions will be accepted by telephone.

All questions and responses will be posted on this website. The deadline for emailed questions is April 3, 2024.

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