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Grants to Central Massachusetts Nonprofits to
Improve Health in Disadvantaged Populations

Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative Grant

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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

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Deadline Date:

10/28/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Central Massachusets nonprofit organizations and government agencies for collaborative projects that address health issues in eligible counties. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support projects that serve the most vulnerable residents of Central Massachusetts.

Central Massachusets consists generally of the 60 cities and towns comprising Worcester County and the contiguous communities of Ashby, Ashland, Ayer, Bellingham, Boxborough, Brimfield, Holland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Littleton, Marlboro, Medway, New Salem, Orange, Palmer, Shirley, Stow, Townsend, Ware and Warwick.

The Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative provides three to five years of funding for collaborative projects that target health issues in Central Massachusetts with integrated, comprehensive strategies designed to redress the disparities by enhancing systemic access to care and promoting healthier lifestyles. Grantees may identify targeted populations geographically (e.g., neighborhoods or communities), demographically (e.g., 0 to 3 year olds, frail elderly, Latinos) and/or categorically (e.g., incidence of cardiovascular disease, homelessness, caregivers). These projects typically 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 sustainability of the project.

Key criteria for successful Synergy Initiative projects include:
- Significance of the Problem
- Level of Integration
- The Soundness of the Approach
- The Capacity for Enduring Systems Change
- The Potential for Impact
- The Potential for Replication
- Quality of the Evaluation Plan
- Exit Strategy

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141645

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants typically total in the $2 million dollar range over the five-year project.

Term of Contract:

Funding is provided from three to five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Tax-exempt organizations, agencies, and governmental units are eligible to apply.

In general, the Foundation will not support:

- Projects outside of Central Massachusetts;
- Endowments;
- Capital campaigns;
- Fund drives or sponsorship of events;
- Scholarships; or
- The retirement of operating deficits.

In addition, by law, the Foundation is not permitted to provide direct support to individuals for projects, scholarships or health care, nor may it fund electoral activities or candidates for public office.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the following online information session which will cover both the Activation Fund and Synergy Initiative (advance registration required):

Wed. March 13 2:00-3:00pm EST

More information:
Register by March 8:

Pre-Application Information:

Prior to submitting a Letter of Intent for the Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative ("Synergy Initiative"), please contact Amie Shei, Vice President for Programs, to discuss your proposed project idea at least 30 days before the Letter of Intent deadline. Consultation with THFCM staff encouraged prior to June 10, 2019.

Letters of Intent due: July 10, 2019
Applications invited: September 19, 2019
Applications due: October 28, 2019
Grant awards: December 12, 2019

Application materials, including any attachments, should be included in one email by 5:00pm EST on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

All submissions will be acknowledged within 1 business day with an electronic receipt. Those invited by the Board to submit an application will be notified by Foundation staff and are strongly encouraged to work with Foundation staff in completing their grant application.

The entire Synergy Initiative grant application process takes approximately six months from the initial contact with staff prior to submission of a Letter of Intent through the Board's final funding decision.

- The initial contact with staff should occur at least one month before the Letter of Intent deadline
- The review of the Letters of Intent takes about two months
- The review of the applications and funding decisions takes another month
- Applicants will be notified of the Board's decision by mail

How to Apply:


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To register to an information session, email:

Email application to:

Amie Shei, Vice President for Programs
(508) 438-0009 x2

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USA: Massachusetts: Central Massachusets

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