Formally established in 1999, the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts is dedicated to improving the health of those who live or work in the central Massachusetts region, with particular emphasis on vulnerable populations and unmet needs.
To that end, the foundation currently is inviting LOIs for its Healthcare and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative. Through the initiative, funding will be awarded to organizations in Worcester County and surrounding towns in support of collaborative projects that target health issues in the region with integrated, comprehensive strategies designed to redress disparities in access to care and promote healthier lifestyles.
Grantees may identify targeted populations geographically (e.g., neighborhoods or communities), demographically (e.g., birth to age 3, frail elderly, Latinos) and/or categorically (e.g., incidence of cardiovascular disease, homelessness, caregivers).
Historically, projects begin with funding for a planning grant, followed by a pilot grant, and then one to three years of implementation grants, during which time the emphasis shifts to advocacy and the sustainability of the project. Grants typically total nearly $2 million over a five-year period. Successful grantees must apply for continued funding each year.
To be eligible, applicants must be an IRS-designated tax-exempt nonprofit organization or a government entity (e.g., municipality, school district, etc.) and operate within the foundation’s service area.
Prior to submitting a Letter of Intent, applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Amie Shei, the foundation’s vice president for programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 438-0009 x2 to discuss the proposed project idea.
Letters of Intent are due July 10. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a fill proposal by October 28, 2019.
See the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts for complete program guidelines, application instructions, a map of the foundation’s service area, and a list of previously awarded grants.