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Grants to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island
Nonprofits for Programs that Address the Needs of the Aging

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Tufts Health Plan Foundation

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Deadline Date:

03/28/18 4:00 PM ET


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Grants to Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts community organizations and health centers for programs that address the needs of the aging population. Letters of Inquiry are due January 22, 2018. Programs may be in the areas of workforce development, health and wellness, purposeful engagement, and field and capacity building. Funding is intended to improve best practices of the organization, and ultimately result in age-friendly cities and healthy communities.

Proposals will be accepted that work to:

- Improve or build systems to support healthy living with an emphasis on the systems that are serving older adults
- Bring organizations together to collaboratively achieve broader impact and change
- Scale efforts to address community needs

More details on the program areas are as follows:

Health and Wellness
The Foundation promotes healthy living and disease prevention and invests in programs and strategies that help older adults manage illness and chronic health conditions, promote independence, and help improve quality of life. All proposed activities should be evidence-based or evidence-informed, focusing on effective, science-based approaches that include rigorous evaluation and consistent outcomes. Activities can also be a best practice and systems approach to expanding, scaling or replicating programs to older adults living in underserved communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, focusing on those in greatest economic and social need. Efforts can consist of clinical and community interventions.

Workforce Development
As older adults are living longer, they are also working longer out of necessity and/or choice. To stay competitive in the workforce, some older adults need to build skills or learn new ones. The Foundation invests in training and job placement strategies that offer opportunities for older adults with the greatest economic and social need to grow skills, confidence and competence.

Purposeful Engagement
Older adults have experience and knowledge to share with other people and their communities. The Foundation will support programs that provide older adults with engagement opportunities within their communities and/or with other generations, provide a sense of purpose and alleviate social isolation. The Foundation also recognizes the essential role that family, formal and informal caregivers play in the lives of older adults. The Foundation will fund engagement strategies that promote and support physical and mental well-being, including:

- Engagement that alleviates social isolation
- Volunteer activities
- Intergenerational programs
- Family and caregiver support

Field and Capacity Building
Systems change and collaboration can be challenging. The Foundation wants to address those challenges. Funding will support activities that build the field of healthy aging and strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life for people as they age. Initiatives will be funded that build field capacity including support for family and other caregivers in their essential roles as they care for loved ones at home. This includes training and technical assistance as well as planning, coordinating, and collaborating around age-friendly communities. The Foundation will also consider capacity-building programs for nonprofit organizations that provide encore careers, paid service work and/or volunteer opportunities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177716

Term of Contract:

The grant cycle runs from July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. Multi-year proposals will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports community-based organizations and community health centers; support to hospitals or medical centers will only be considered if project includes community-based partners.

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds projects based in or serving, in whole or in part, communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

The Foundation does not fund:

- Candidates for public office
- Capital projects and/or equipment
- Development activities, such as fundraising events, capital campaigns, or annual fund drives
- Endowments
- General operating expenses
- Government agencies (unless within a collaboration led by a community-based organization)
- Individuals (including scholarships, internships, and/or fellowships)
- Lobbying
- Organizations that advocate, support or practice discrimination based on race, religion, age, national origin, language, gender, gender preference, or physical handicap
- Private foundations
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Research for specific disease states
- Underwriting of medical expenses

Pre-Application Information:

Organizations may submit multiple letters of inquiry (LOI), but only one grant will be considered per year.

You will be notified via email if you are invited to submit a full proposal for consideration. In that email, you’ll be provided an electronic access code and link to the online grant application with the deadline for submission.

If your inquiry does not result in a request for a full grant proposal, your organization may submit a new LOI in the next cycle or funding year.

More information on how to apply:

Program areas:


- Letters of Intent due: Monday, January 22, 2018
- Notification of Invitation: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
- Full Proposals Due: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
- Notification of Award: late June
- Grant Cycle: July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Register and submit a letter of intent:

Tufts Health Plan Foundation
705 Mt. Auburn Street
Watertown, MA 02472-1508

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island