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Activation Fund Grant

Grants to Central Massachusetts Nonprofits to Build
Capacity and Address Community Health Concerns

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Conf. Date:

03/13/19

LOI Date:

04/24/19

Deadline Date:

07/26/19 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to Central Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and agencies 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 Central Massachusetts.

The Activation Fund is designed to attract applicant-initiated proposals which 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.

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.


GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180447

Estimated Size of Grant:

In general, grants are one year in duration. Previous grants made have ranged from $10,000 to $100,000, with an average grant size of approximately $50,000. In 2018, the average grant was approximately $71,000.

Term of Contract:

In general, grants made through the Activation Fund are limited to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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.

In general, the foundation will not support the following:
- Projects outside of Central Massachusetts;
- Endowments;
- Capital campaigns;
- Cund 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 the following online information session which will cover both the Activation Fund and Synergy Initiative (advance registration required):

Wed. March 13, 2019 from 2:00-3:00 pm EST

Register by March 8, 2019:
http://www.hfcm.org/Information-Sessions/1134

Pre-Application Information:

Prior to submitting a Letter of Intent for the Activation Fund, please contact Sonia Shah, Senior Program Officer, to discuss your proposed project idea at least 30 days before the Letter of Intent deadline. Consultation with THFCM staff is encouraged prior to March 24, 2019.

Deadlines:
Letters of Intent due: April 24, 2019
Applications invited: June 20, 2019
Applications due: July 26, 2019
Grant awards: September 19, 2019

Application materials, including any attachments, should be included in one email by 5:00 pm EST on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

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.

All submissions will be acknowledged within 1 business day with an electronic receipt.

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.

- The initial contact with staff should occur 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.

Deadlines:
http://www.hfcm.org/Grantmaking-Deadlines/729

How to Apply:
http://www.hfcm.org/Applying-for-an-Activation-Fund-Grant/1122

Contact Information:

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

Application materials, including all attachments, should be included in one email and sent to info@hfcm.org

Sonia Shah, Senior Program Officer
sshah@hfcm.org
(508) 438-0009 x6

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Central Massachusetts