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

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Tufts Health Plan Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/23/19 4:00 PM ET


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Grants to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire nonprofits organizations and community health centers to improve the lives of aging citizens through policy change and advocacy efforts. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. 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.

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
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What the Foundation looks for:
-Ideas that advance age-friendly communities
-Collaborations and multiple stakeholder engagement
-Support of other funding partners
-Proposals that improve systems and best practices
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The Foundation's limited research investments will advance strategic priorities and will only support public research institutions.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181334

Term of Contract:

- The Policy and Advocacy Grant Period is January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
- Multi-year proposals will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds projects serving communities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and, starting in 2019, Connecticut.

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, color, religion, age, national origin, language, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or other characteristic protected by law
-Private foundations
-Religious organizations for religious purposes
-Research for specific disease states
-Underwriting of medical expenses

Pre-proposal Conference:

Tufts Health Plan Foundation is offering an online information session on Wednesday, June 19.

The session is open to community organizations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island working to make their communities better places to grow up and grow old.

The focus of the webinar will be on healthy aging and older people, and share examples of recent grants that demonstrate how the community investments support organizations working on policy and advocacy efforts. The agenda will include an overview of the process, plus specific information on Policy and Advocacy focus area. Time will be set aside to answer questions from attendees.

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Pre-Application Information:

Policy and Advocacy Deadlines:
-Letters of Intent Due: Monday, July 22, 2019
-Notification of Invitation: Monday, August 21, 2019
-Full Proposals Due: Monday, September 23, 2019
-Notification of Award: Wednesday, December 18, 2019
-Grant Period: January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Applications are due by 4 p.m. ET on dates specified.

-Organizations may submit multiple letters of intent (LOI), but only one grant will be considered per year.
-The Foundation will fund only one grant per organization during any given cycle. If your organization is currently receiving funding from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, you may apply for new funding if the next grant would begin after your current grant ends.

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-How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Nora Moreno Cargie, President

Kimberly Blakemore: Community Investments

Alrie McNiff Daniels, Communications

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: Connecticut;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island