Health Foundation of Central MA Announces 2014 Grant Opportunities
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Letters of intent to the Foundation’s Activation Fund are due April 17, and letters of intent to the Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative are due July 17.
“The goal of the Foundation’s grant making is to help vulnerable populations throughout Central Massachusetts and this year by opening both the Synergy Initiative and Activation Fund funding avenues, the Foundation anticipates continuing to do that,” stated Dr. Jan Yost, President of the Foundation. “Many of the Synergy Initiative and Activation Fund projects that the Foundation has funded in the past have had significant impact in the region and we would expect that to be true of projects that we will fund in 2014.”
The Activation Fund supports discrete, one-year projects that demonstrate creative and innovative approaches to deal with community health concerns. The Health Care and Health Promotion Synergy Initiative provides three to five years of funding for collaborative projects that target health issues in Central Massachusetts with integrated, comprehensive strategies.
Information about the guidelines for each of these funding opportunities can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.hfcm.org .
Organizations that are interested in applying are encouraged to meet with Elaine Cinelli, Vice President for Programs, to assess the fit of a proposed project with either the Activation Fund or Synergy Initiative guidelines.
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