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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Project Examples

Examples of Successful Activation Fund Projects

January 2019 

The Foundation’s goal is that all projects beginning with an Activation Fund grant will not require ongoing fundraising efforts for sustainability.  As you can see from the examples that follow, there are many ways that projects can be sustained.  

Women's Supportive Housing - Substance Use Disorders
Grantee – GAAMHA, Inc.
Grant Awarded – September 2017
Grant Amount – $98,275                                                               

In June 2018, GAAMHA, Inc. opened a Supportive Housing Program for Women in Gardner that provides housing, a safe environment, and case management for women with substance use disorders. This grant funded renovations to the residential home and operating and program costs for the first year.  Full occupancy occurred within 60 days of opening, with additional women being placed on a waitlist.  75% of the women who reside at the women's program have been referred by other providers of substance use services.  A number of women were able to find employment shortly after residing in the home.

Clinical Stabilization Services Billing and Credentialing
Grantee – Veterans Inc.
Grant Awarded – September 2017
Grant Amount – $55,800                                 

Through this grant, Veterans Inc. successfully established a billing and credentialing office.  The project improved and expedited verification of insurance coverage, billing to 3rd party payers, and helped acquire health insurance for all uninsured clients.  The new billing department will help to ensure the future sustainability of the organization’s inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for Independence Hall, its substance abuse treatment facility for veterans (and non-veterans).

Students for Higher:  Rising Up for Autism
Grantee – HMEA
Grant Awarded – September 2015
Grant Amount – $56,700                                                 

HMEA successfully increased the number of staff providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and respite care for children and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.  College students participating in the program are exposed to relevant work experience that will help them secure a job in this field after graduation.  The project is financially self-sustaining as the Project Director, who recruits the Students, performs some direct service hours that partly covers the salary.  The salary balance and other costs (training/supervision) are sustainable through multiple insurers.  Partnerships have resulted in the development of a B.C.B.A. program at Assumption, internships with other colleges, participation in HMEA’s Autism Summit at Holy Cross, and research projects.

Storefront Renewal Project

Grantee – Worcester Community Housing Resources
Grant Awarded – September 2015
Grant Amount  $85,000

Worcester Community Housing Resources (WCHR) renovated an empty storefront on Main Street in Worcester and is leasing the space to the Urban Missioner Program of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts to run a community outreach center.  The income from the space is helping to stabilize the finances of two rooming houses operated by WCHR.  The new programming serves residents of the rooming houses and other families housed in WCHR apartments, as well as the Main South neighborhood. 

ReStore Donations Project
Grantee – Habitat for Humanity, MetroWest/Greater Worcester                     
Grant Awarded – September 2013
Grant Amount – $40,000

With this grant, Habitat for Humanity, MetroWest/Greater Worcester purchased a 22-foot box truck to serve as their primary donation pick up vehicle.  This larger truck has allowed for more pickups/larger pickups which in 2015 increased revenue for ReStore 23% over the previous year.  The increase in donation pickups has resulted in reduced costs and man hours for return trips to unload between pickups.  The new truck has also led to increased morale of the staff and volunteers.

School-Based Behavioral Health Clinic
Grantee – Family Continuity
Grant Awarded – September 2013
Grant Amount  $38,720

This grant made it possible for Family Continuity to provide clinical support at the Northbridge and Uxbridge high schools.  The program is sustained through third party reimbursement and has been duplicated in three additional school districts.  Northbridge now has a clinician on site three and one-half days a week and Uxbridge has someone three full days each week.  The schools have seen a decrease in visits to the school nurse for behavioral health issues resulting in students spending more time in the classroom.  This project also has a child psychiatrist at each school once a month which has helped to improve access to psychiatric services. 

Green and Healthy Homes Project 
Grantee – Montachusett Opportunity Council
Grant Awarded – September 2012
Grant Amount  $90,215

As a result of this grant, the Green and Healthy Homes Action Group (GHHAG) was created to provide healthy, safe and energy efficient housing to low and moderate income residents in Fitchburg.  This partnership included the Fitchburg Board of Health, the Twin Cities Community Development Corporation, the Montachusett Opportunity Council and RCAP Solutions.  The GHHAG developed a common assessment form which various city agencies and other home rehabilitation programs have begun using.  The use of a single form helps each agency make referrals to the appropriate partners.  It ensures that each resident has access to all of the programs they might be eligible for and uses the various limited program funds more efficiently.  The GHHAG will continue to meet to work on the most complex housing projects in the city.  The referral network among the partners is expected to continue now that each organization is more familiar with what others can do. 


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