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May 18, 2018
Foundation launches new mini-grant program
The Momentum Fund is now open. This new initiative will advance age-friendly and dementia-friendly work in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Grants of up to $10,000 will support early-stage initiatives and innovative efforts; $100,000 has been allocated for each state.

"Communities often find it challenging to secure resources to support emerging work. We created the Momentum Fund to address this gap," said Phillip González, senior program officer at the Foundation.

Nora Moreno Cargie, Foundation president and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan, added, "By fostering new ideas, Tufts Health Plan Foundation hopes to advance the movement to make communities stronger and more livable for all generations."
 
As the only regional funder focused exclusively on healthy aging, the Foundation invests in local and regional work to support communities in becoming great places to grow up and grow old.
   
Momentum Fund resources will be available to nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The Foundation has convened local committees in each state to inform decision making, review proposals and make recommendations for funding.

Learn more about the Momentum Fund
Staff changes

Caite O'Brien, our community investor, is leaving the Foundation to pursue a doctorate in occupational therapy at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. This is bittersweet news. While we are sad to see her go, we are excited to see her follow her passion to work with older people. Her last day will be June 1.

Caite has been a critical thought partner in our work and an integral link for the Foundation to communities and organizations with whom we engage. Phillip Gonz ález will be the primary point of contact for questions related to letters of intent, proposals and grantmaking until we hire a new community investor. 
Interested in applying for Policy and Advocacy grants?

The Foundation is accepting letters of intent (LOIs) for Policy and Advocacy grants to community organizations working on age-friendly issues. The deadline is Friday, July 20, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Read more about how to apply
Talk to us before applying for a grant

To answer your questions about how we fund, we're hosting an information session on the Foundation's grant application process and the impact we want to make with our investments.

During this session, we will talk about our over-arching strategy with specific information on our Policy and Advocacy focus area and preview the Momentum Fund (our new mini-grants program). This will be a webinar-only information session.
 
Date:  Wednesday, June 6, 2018    
Time:  2 - 3 p.m.    
Location:  Webinar

If you have questions you would like us to address, please share them on your registration form.  
 
NOTE: We will host a Momentum Fund information session later this summer and a Systems and Best Practices session in December. 
Mass. adds age- and dementia-friendly to best practices list

Reinforcing the commitment to become the most age-friendly state in the nation, Massachusetts recently announced age- and dementia-friendly activities have been added to the Community Compact program.

The program offers support for communities working to implement identified best practices. Funding and technical assistance are available to promote improvements in cities and towns.

The age- and dementia-friendly options
are the first best practices related to health and human services. Other options for communities range from financial planning to citizen engagement to water resource management.

More information on Community Compact program
Age-Friendly Berkshires sets ambitious course

The collaboration working to make the Berkshires more livable for people of all ages celebrated a milestone with the release of their action plan in April.

Foundation President Nora Moreno Cargie praised the group for their inclusive approach, "You are listening to the community, listening to older adults, and adjusting the plan."

The Age-Friendly Berkshires Action Plan was developed with participation from all 32 Berkshire County municipalities, including civic leaders, community organizations and older people. This unique regional approach has been a model for rural communities here and in other states. The Foundation has funded Age-Friendly Berkshires since 2015.
Age-Friendly Rhode Island launches new website

As part of its strategy to collaborate, communicate and catalyze change, Age-Friendly Rhode Island has launched a new website. The site offers easy access to the Healthy Aging Data Report and community profiles, plus valuable tool and resources.
New Bedford nutrition work showcased at forum

The work of the Community Cross Continuum Collaborative (4C) was highlighted at Hungry for Health, a forum on food security at UMass Dartmouth. The agenda focused on the 4C's work around nutrition as the key to healthy aging in New Bedford and surrounding communities. Local farm and agriculture experts addressed the importance of building a local food economy to improve health. A speaker from the Greater Boston Food Bank emphasized the connection between hunger and health. T he Foundation funds this work and was a sponsor of the forum.
Tufts Health Plan employees gearing up for Volunteer Day

On June 19, more than 700 Tufts Health Plan employees will fan out across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island for our annual day of service. Volunteers are expected to complete 2,200 hours of service at 34 community projects in just one day. The goal for the year is to complete 10,000 volunteer hours to mark the Foundation's 10th anniversary.


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