EligibilityWho can apply for a grant from The Health Foundation?
The Health Foundation accepts applications from IRS designated tax-exempt non-profit organizations or government entities (e.g. municipalities, school districts, etc.).
The project must also fall within our service area, which consists of Worcester County and some surrounding towns. You can find a map here.
If only a portion of the project falls within our service area, applicants should seek co-funding that will support the portion of the project outside our service area.
In general, The Health Foundation will not support:
- Projects outside of Central Massachusetts;
- Capital campaigns;
- Fund drives or sponsorship of events;
- Scholarships; or
- The retirement of operating deficits.
In addition, by law, The Health Foundation is not permitted to provide direct support to individuals for projects, scholarships, or health care, nor may it fund electoral activities or candidates for public office.
The Health Foundation does not identify specific health issues. The Health Foundation strives to be flexible and responsive to community needs. The Health Foundation applies a broad definition of health, and many previous grants focus on social determinants of health.
Yes. There are no restrictions on applying for or receiving grants in consecutive years.
Activation Fund Letters of Intent (LOI) and ApplicationCan my organization submit two different Activation Fund LOIs?
While there are no restrictions prohibiting an organization from submitting more than one LOI,
we strongly encourage applicants to coordinate internally and prioritize.
Please go to the Activation Fund’s page.
The Activation Fund is intended to support discrete projects in Central Massachusetts that are able to continue without further grant funding after the grant period is over. Examples of Successful Activation Fund projects.
Yes. We encourage applicants to consult with The Health Foundation staff at least 30 days before the LOI deadline. Questions about the LOI and application process should be sent to The Health Foundation staff at
info (at) hfcm.org.
LOIs and all accompanying materials must be submitted in one email to info (at) hfcm.org by the deadline. Those invited by the Board to submit a full application will be notified by The Health Foundation staff and provided with the application materials.
There is no set format. Detailed requirements can be found on the Activation Fund cover sheet.
No. Please follow all requirements as laid out in the cover sheet, which are: maximum of 3 pages, 11-point font, and 1” margins.
No. Letters of support are not needed at the LOI phase. They can be included in the full application phase.
The chance of an Activation Fund LOI being funded is roughly one in five.
BudgetWhat should I include in my project budget?
It is the policy of The Health Foundation to encourage applicants to detail, as direct costs, realistic projections of overhead costs.
Alternatively, The Health Foundation will allow up to 10% of the total direct costs for the reimbursement of indirect costs. The calculation of indirect costs should NOT include subcontracting arrangements, capital improvements (including renovation and purchase), and equipment purchases.
♦ Do not miss the deadline.
♦ Follow all requirements listed in the Activation Fund LOI Cover Sheet.
♦ Proofread all documents submitted. All materials will be shared as is with The Health Foundation Directors.