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October 18, 2022

Health Foundation of Central Mass. awards $900K across 11 programs

Photo/Google The Plantation Street offices in Worcester of YOU Inc.

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts has awarded 11 grants totaling $900,000 as part of its activation fund program..

The Worcester program funds one-year projects addressing community-identified health issues, according to an Oct. 11 announcement from the Health Foundation. A majority of recipients are first-time grantees.

Part of the funding came from $500,000 the Health Foundation received from the dissolving Central Massachusetts Independent Physicians Association Foundation.

Projects funded include:

  • Making Opportunity Count, Fitchburg - $120,000 to build out space for a new family health clinic
  • World Farmers, Lancaster - $120,000 for buildout of a new food aggregation and distribution hub adjacent to its main office in Lancaster 
  • Guild of St Agnes, Worcester - $118,000 to construct a 3,000-square-foot outdoor playground at its childcare facility and higher education learning lab on Mill Street in Worcester
  • Milford Youth Center - $115,250 for replacement of the HVAC and steam unit heating systems for the gym and basement areas of its facility
  • Community Health Center of Franklin County - $88,340 for building out office space
  • GAAMHA, Gardner- $61,000 for installation of a new roof and windows at Pathway House
  • Western Mass Training Consortium, Holyoke - $67,627 for furnishings and technology to equip a new facility housing its Recovery Center of HOPE, a peer-led recovery program in the Quaboag region
  • Youth Villages, Worcester - $67,573 for upfront costs associated with scaling its Intercept for Emergency Diversion program in Central Massachusetts, addressing the issue of youth boarding in hospitals as they wait for inpatient psychiatric beds. 
  • YOU, Inc., Worcester - $56,795 for translation services and culturally aligned tools to equip a Bi-Lingual Welcome Center at the co-located Behavioral Health Center and Family Resource Center in Southbridge 
  • Thrive Support & Advocacy, Marlborough - $50,998 for furnishings and equipment to enable expansion of its Family Support Center in Worcester 
  • Restoration Recovery Center, Fitchburg - $33,562 to build capacity of its Recovery Coaching program by formalizing a partnership with a local behavioral health center for referrals and third-party billing, and for purchase of related software to enhance data collection and reporting capabilities

“The goal of the activation fund is to enable an organization to increase its capacity in a way that can be sustained after the grant ends,” Ami Shei, CEO and president of the foundation, said in a statement. “We are pleased to be able to honor the legacy of the CMIPA through these 2022 Activation Fund grants, which will improve health in the region for years to come.”

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