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Activation Fund Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits in Eligible Regions
to Address Community Health Concerns and Build Capacity

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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

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Deadline Date:

08/03/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and agencies in eligible regions to increase organizational capacity and address local health issues. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support projects that serve the most vulnerable residents of the 60 cities and towns comprising Worcester County and the contiguous communities.

The Activation Fund is designed to attract applicant-initiated proposals that fit the Foundation’s mission and complement its Synergy Initiative grant projects, while generating action beyond the routine. Envisioned somewhat as a venture capital fund, this funding avenue is intended to support discrete projects in Central Massachusetts that activate:

  • Creative and innovative approaches to alleviating community health concerns;
  • Community organizations’ movement to the next level of capacity and effectiveness, which the organization can sustain;
  • Partnerships to address health issues with new strategies;
  • Exploration of emerging health challenges and opportunities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180447

Estimated Size of Grant:

Previous grants made have ranged from $10,000 to $100,000, with an average grant size of just under $60,000.

Term of Contract:

In general, grants are one year in duration and typically begin on October 1.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Health Foundation accepts applications from IRS designated tax-exempt non-profit organizations or government entities (e.g. municipalities, school districts, etc.).

The region 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 Foundation does not support:
- Projects outside of Central Massachusetts;
- Endowments;
- Capital campaigns;
- Fund drives or sponsorship of events;
- Scholarships; or
- 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 one of the following in-person or online information sessions (advance registration required). Please note: Each session will cover the same material so there is no need to attend more than one.

Please email your registration request to Daniel Germain (see contact details below).

Online Webinar: January 23, 2020, 10:00-11:00 am
Register by January 20, 2020

In-Person Session at the Foundation, February 11, 2020, 10:00-11:00 am Register by February 7, 2020

Online Webinar, March 11, 2020, 2:00-3:00 pm
Register by March 6, 2020

Pre-Application Information:

Application materials, including any attachments, should be included in one email and sent by 5:00 pm EST on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

All submissions will be acknowledged within one business day with an electronic receipt. If you do not receive an email confirming your submission, please contact Daniel Germain to verify your submission.

The Health Foundation strongly suggests that interested organizations contact Sonia Shah, Senior Program Officer to discuss proposed project ideas by April 17, 2020.

All Letters of Intent are reviewed by the Distribution Committee and the Board of the Foundation. Those invited by the Board to submit an application will be notified by the Foundation staff and are strongly encouraged to work with the Foundation staff in completing their grant application.

The entire Activation Fund 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.

- Letters of Intent due: April 30, 2020
- Applications invited: June 19, 2020
- Applications due: August 3, 3030
- Grant awards: Late September, 2020


Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to

Sonia Shah, Senior Program Officer:
(508) 438-0009, ext. 6

Daniel Germain, Grants Manaer
(508) 438-0009, ext. 4

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts
446 Main Street, 20th Floor
Worcester, MA 01608

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USA: Massachusetts: Worcester County and the contiguous communities

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