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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools for Projects to Address Health Issues in Eligible Regions

Synergy Initiative Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts: Central Massachusetts

Important Dates
LOI Date: 07/12/23
Deadline: 10/27/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools for projects to address health issues in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Projects and programs must target health disparities and significant health issues in The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts' service area.

The Healthcare and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative (“Synergy Initiative”) provides funding for partnership-based projects that target significant health issues, especially inequities and disparities, in Central Massachusetts with integrated, comprehensive strategies with an end goal of systems or policy change. The Foundation seeks to support projects that aim to positively impact the most vulnerable residents of Central Massachusetts.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Requests are considered from non-profit organizations with a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) designation as determined by the Internal Revenue Service, and/or those operating under a fiscal sponsor with verified tax-exempt status, or government entities (e.g. municipalities, school districts). The
organization or proposed project must also fall within the Foundation’s geographic service area which consists of 81 cities and towns in the Central Massachusetts region in and around Worcester County.

Additional Geographic Information:

Service area:

In general, the following types of requests are not considered:
• Endowments;
• Undesignated support for capital campaigns;
• Sponsorship of events;
• Scholarships;
• Recurring operating expenses (as the sole purpose of the grant);
• Retirement of operating deficits/debt; or
• Electoral activities or candidates for public office

Pre-Proposal Conference
A series of information sessions on the Foundation’s grantmaking approach and 2023 funding opportunities will be held during February and March as follows:
- Friday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m. (In-person at North Central MA Chamber of Commerce, 860 South Street in Fitchburg)
- Wednesday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. (In-person at YMCA of Central MA, 766 Main Street in Worcester)
- Thursday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. (In-person at Joshua Hyde Public Library, 306 Main Street in Sturbridge)

Registration form:

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for receipt of materials required to be considered for a 2023 Synergy Initiative grant is Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

- February-June: Info sessions/consultations with Dr. Kathy Mills, Vice President for Programs
- July 12: Letters of Intent and required attachments due
- Mid-September: Applicants notified of the Board’s decisions to invite full proposals
- September 26: “Speed Dating” event with project teams and evaluators
- October 27: Round 6 planning applications due (for those invited to submit)
- Mid- December: Applicants notified of the Board’s funding decisions

After attending an information session, interested organizations are strongly encouraged to arrange a consultation with Dr. Kathy Mills, Vice President for Programs to discuss alignment of proposed project ideas with the Foundation’s funding approach prior to application submission. Consultations may be scheduled by appointment.

Estimated Size of Grant
Project budgets vary for each phase, and total investment amounts average approximately $2 million per project over the grant period.

Term of Contract
Projects generally progress from planning to pilot to full implementation over the course of three to five years, with grants awarded on an annual basis.

Contact Information
Submit letters of intent and applications to

Questions about the Synergy Initiative:
Dr. Amie Shei, President & CEO
Phone: (508) 438-0009 x 1

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