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October 17, 2023

Health Foundation of Central Mass. doles out $1M in funding

Photo | Courtesy of the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts Amie Shei, CEO at the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts in Worcester has provided a total of $1,063,451 to 10 community nonprofits working to address broad health issues. The grants are part of the foundation’s Activation Fund, which provides organizational capacity-building support.

“The goal of the Activation Fund is to provide a one-time infusion of funds for discrete needs within an organization aimed to build its capacity and/or increase its impact in a manner that can be sustained long-term,” said president and CEO of the Health Foundation Amie Shei in a Tuesday press release.  “In recognition of the many demands on nonprofit organizations and limited staff resources, we have made a concerted effort to simplify the application process and offer technical assistance in hopes of making the grant opportunity more accessible.”

The grants range from approximately $70,000 to $130,000, and support recipient organizations that serve a variety of community needs. Funding will support, among other things, renovations of a homeless shelter, purchases for increased capacity at a food bank, accessibility upgrades at a veterans center. 

The grant recipients are:

GAAMHA in Gardner, $130,000 
Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA in Worcester, $120,403
Abby’s House in Worcester, $120,000 
Project Just Because in Hopkinton, $120,000 
Camp Starfish in Stow, $110,000 
Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center in Gardner, $110,000 
Building Futures in Worcester, $105,213
Regional Environmental Council in Worcester, $95,400 
Boston Area Gleaners in Acton, $81,500 
Employment Options in Marlborough, $70,935

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