April 25, 2018
 
Mass. Nonprofits Get $877K for Healthy Living, Disaster Relief

December 22, 2017 — Five eastern Massachusetts nonprofits received $612,000 to advance policies and services that create healthy communities, while 13 nonprofits across the state received $265,000 to provide frontline support for families and individuals displaced from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts following Hurricane Maria.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Gives $612K to Five Mass. Nonprofits

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation this week announced it has awarded $612,308 to five eastern Massachusetts nonprofits in connection with its funding initiative to support inclusive policies that create thriving and vital communities that work for people of all ages.

The grants support initiatives to engage and train more advocates to participate in policy discussions; extend dementia-friendly programs to new communities; and address gaps limiting access to services and healthy, nutritious food.

"Communities have greater interest in age-friendly initiatives. There's a growing understanding of the critical role older people play. They are an asset to community, and their voices and insights are invaluable to the public discourse on what communities need," said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the foundation.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Healthy Waltham, Waltham: $100,240 t0 build momentum for the second and third years of Waltham Connections for Healthy Aging.

  • Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and Senior Center Directors, Easthampton: $302,068 to scale Dementia Friendly Massachusetts so more Massachusetts communities embrace and become active dementia-friendly communities.

  • Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston: $60,000 to support the Older Adult Nutrition Access Project by training enrollment agency staff and promoting systemic advocacy and coalition building to defend federal nutrition programs.

  • Massachusetts Senior Action Council, Quincy: $150,000 for Seniors Power Up!, to organize and train diverse low-income older people in Massachusetts to influence key public policy issues.

  • SeniorCare, Inc., Gloucester: $190,650 for Age and Dementia Friendly Cape Ann, to work with four Cape Ann communities to establish the first combined age- and dementia-friendly effort.

Thirteen Mass. Nonprofits Get $265K to Aid Displaced Puerto Ricans

Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico/Massachusetts Unido por Puerto Rico earlier this week announced it has granted $265,000 to 13 Massachusetts nonprofits that are providing frontline support for families and individuals displaced from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts.

The fund, a partnership between the Boston Foundation and the Latino Legacy Fund, supports disaster relief, sustainable rebuilding, and capacity building for Massachusetts non-governmental organizations to respond to what was expected to be a substantial migration of Puerto Ricans to Boston and throughout Massachusetts following Hurricane Maria.

Receiving the funds were:
  • Behavioral Health Network, Holyoke: $8,000
  • Enlace de Familias, Holyoke: $40,000
  • Chelsea Collaborative, Chelsea: $20,000
  • Family Resource Center of Springfield, Springfield: $15,000
  • Family Services of the Merrimack Valley, Lawrence: $5,000
  • Home for Little Wanderers, Boston: $20,000
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, Boston: $20,000
  • New North Citizens’ Council, Springfield: $35,000
  • Providence Ministries, Holyoke: $20,000
  • Sociedad Latina, Boston: $20,000
  • United Way of Central Mass., Worcester: $30,000
  • United Way of Greater New Bedford, New Bedford: $25,000
  • Wayside-Framingham Family Resource Center, Framingham: $7,000

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