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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

The Activation Fund Guidelines

Prior to submitting a Letter of Intent for the Activation Fund, please contact Amie Shei, Vice President for Programs, at or (508) 438-0009 x2 to discuss your proposed project.

Approximately 20 percent of the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio has been invested through the Activation Fund. 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;
  • And/or the exploration of emerging health challenges and opportunities.

In general, grants made through the Activation Fund are limited to one year.  Previously, grants made through the Activation Fund have ranged from approximately $10,000 to $100,000, with an average grant size of approximately $50,000.  In 2015, the average grant size was $71,000.

For examples of effective Activation Fund projects, click here.

For information about the Activation Fund grant application process, click here.