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Grants to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New
Hampshire Nonprofits to Advocate for Senior Citizens

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Tufts Health Plan Foundation

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09/21/18 4:00 PM ET


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Grants to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire nonprofits organizations and community health centers to improve the lives of aging citizens through policy change and advocacy efforts. LOIs are due July 20. Initiatives may address areas such as housing, transportation, employment, the built environment, communication and information, community support and health services, and social and civic participation and inclusion.

Engaging in policy and advocacy is essential to building healthy communities. As communities work on age-friendly ideas that are relevant to them, the Foundation will support efforts that are inclusive, collaborative, address quality of life, and improve conditions for all across the lifespan. One aging framework used is that of the World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities initiative.

Proposals should include:
-Community/civic engagement of diverse stakeholders in communities to mobilize and affect change
-Participation among key stakeholders, including the voice of older adults, to support planning, policy and advocacy initiatives
-Expanded access to programs and services as well as system change/improvement

Community and Civic Engagement:

The Foundation will support nonprofits that address or support issues/actions that lead to changes in the communities they serve. Activities can include (1) convening diverse stakeholders, (2) planning, and (3) engaging in policy activities that can lead to healthy communities and age-friendly cities.

Access to Programs and Services:

Improved access to programs and services — transportation, housing, food access, etc.— by all members of a community, including older adults, will lead to a better quality of life. More information and greater awareness about how older adults can participate in improving their lives, health, and wellbeing is also necessary. The Foundation will support activities that improve access.

In general, the Foundation seeks the following:

Ideas that advance age-friendly communities
-Age-friendly communities are vibrant and healthy, integrate older adults, view them as a critical asset in the community, and embrace transformational policies that improve individual health and wellness.

Collaborations and multiple stakeholder engagement
-Potential grantees should demonstrate authentic collaboration which includes description of roles and responsibilities for members of the partnership.

Proposals that improve systems and best practices
-The Foundation will only invest in direct service programs that advance this work and exhibit the promise of scalability to benefit the broader community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181334

Term of Contract:

The Policy and Advocacy Grant Cycle is January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019.

Multi-year proposals will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Under the program area of Community and Civic Engagement, the Foundation will support nonprofits that work to promote change in their communities.

The 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 Foundation will not consider:
-Candidates for public office
-Capital projects and/or equipment
-Development activities, such as fundraising events, capital campaigns, or annual fund drives
-General operating expenses
-Government agencies (unless within a collaboration led by a community-based organization)
-Individuals (including scholarships, internships, and/or fellowships)
-Organizations that advocate, support or practice discrimination based on race, religion, age, national origin, language, sex, sexual preference, or physical handicap
-Private foundations
-Religious organizations for religious purposes
-Research for specific disease states
-Underwriting of medical expenses

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Sessions are held in June and December. For more information, email the Foundation.

Please see the Grant Resources page for more information:

Pre-Application Information:

Tufts Health Plan Foundation should not be the sole funder for any project. If collaboration includes in-kind contributions, please value.

Your grant application should be submitted to the Foundation online by the appropriate due date. The system will close at 4:00 PM ET on the due date.

After successfully registering, complete and submit your LOI. The Foundation will only accept submissions through the online process.

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

You will be notified via email a full proposal is invited 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.

Policy and Advocacy Timeline:
-Letters of Intent Due: July 20, 2018
-Notification of Invitation: August 17, 2018
-Full Proposals Due: September 21, 2018
-Notification of Award: December 19, 2018
-Grant Cycle: January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Learn more about Tufts Health Plan Foundation's grant application process and the impact the Foundation seeks to have. View recording and handouts from the most recent Information Session:

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

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Nora Moreno Cargie, President

Alrie McNiff Daniels, Communications

Regina Donovan, Administrative Support

Mailing Address:
705 Mt. Auburn Street
Watertown, MA 02472-1508

P: 617-972-9400
F: 617-972-1077

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island