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Activation Fund Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and Agencies
for Projects that Address Local Health Concerns

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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and government agencies for health-related projects in eligible regions. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to address community health concerns. Eligible projects are those that benefit the residents of the 60 cities and towns comprising Worcester County and the contiguous communities.

Approximately 20% of The Health Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio has been invested through the Activation Fund. The Activation Fund is designed to attract applicant-initiated proposals which fit The Health 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;
  • A community organization’s movement to the next level of capacity and effectiveness, which the organization can sustain (The Health Foundation does not consider a project to be sustainable if ongoing fundraising efforts are required);
  • Partnerships to address health issues with new strategies;
  • And/or the 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:

Grants are typically one year and begin on October 1st.

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 project must also fall within the foundation's service area, which consists 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, Marlborough, Medway, New Salem, Orange, Palmer, Shirley, Stow, Townsend, Ware and Warwick.

If only a portion of the project falls within the foundation's service area, applicants should seek co-funding that will support the portion of the project outside the service area.

The Health Foundation does 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 Health 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 also encouraged to attend one of the following online information sessions (advance registration required). Please email your registration request to the email address listed below. Include the date of the session you would like to attend in the subject line. You will receive a confirmation email with further instructions on attending.

Please note: Each session will cover the same material so there is no need to attend more than one.

- January 27, 2021, 10:00-11:00 am; Register by 1/25/21
- February 25, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm; Register by 2/22/21
- March 23, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm; Register by 3/19/21

Pre-Application Information:

- Letters of Intent Due: April 29, 2021
- Applications Invited: June 17, 2021
- Applications Due: August 2, 2021
- Grants Awarded: Late September 2021

All organizations interested in a 2021 Activation Fund Grant must submit a Letter of Intent by 5:00 pm on April 29, 2021. All materials should be compiled in one email and sent to the email address listed below.

The Foundation strongly suggests that interested organizations email the grant advisor at the contact information listed below to discuss proposed project ideas with The Health Foundation staff by April 1, 2021.

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 at the contact information listed below to verify your submission.

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


Contact Information:

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

Submit applications and register for the webinar by emailing

Email questions to

Daniel Germain
(508) 438-0009 ext. 4

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