Momentum Fund

Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, with a focus on healthy aging. At the core of our work is the belief that older people are a critical asset to building and sustaining vibrant and healthy communities.

The Foundation’s Momentum Fund is a mini-grant program designed to build on our region’s energy, experiences and insights to create cities and towns that are great places to grow up and grow old. Momentum Fund mini-grants support communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island promoting healthy aging. One-year mini-grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded.

We welcome the opportunity to connect about your idea before the application deadline. Please email to schedule a time to speak.

View 2018 Momentum Fund grants (pdf)

View 2019 Momentum Fund grants (pdf)

Download printable guidelines (pdf)

Key Dates

  • September 19, 2019: Momentum Fund applications due by 4 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Week of October 28, 2019: Applicants notified of decisions
  • November 1, 2019: Grant awards begin

Information Session

  • Date: Thursday, August 22, 2019
  • Time: 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Location: Webinar

Register to attend the webinar information session.

If you have questions you would like us to address, please share them on your registration form.


What does "promising solutions" mean?

  • "Promising" solutions are specific to, and can be different for, each community. Momentum Fund mini-grants supported a wide range of organizations and projects in 2018.
  • We encourage you to review our complete list of 2018 Momentum Fund grants to gain a sense of what "promising" solutions may look like.

Who can apply?

  • 501(c)(3) organizations, or those with a fiscal agent, of all sizes are welcome to apply. Both early-stage, grassroots efforts and established collaborations will be considered for support.
  • We cannot directly fund municipalities or government agencies. However, they are welcome to partner with an eligible organization for funding.

Can an organization hold more than one grant/sponsorship from Tufts Health Plan Foundation?

  • An organization can only hold one active grant with the Foundation. Please email the Foundation to discuss.
  • An organization can hold both a grant and a sponsorship with the Foundation.
  • Not sure if you have a grant or a sponsorship (or both)? Please email the Foundation to discuss.

Will there be an info session?

  • Yes! Join us on August 22 at 2 pm for a webinar information session. We will talk about our over-arching strategies and the impact we want to make with our investments. This session will only be offered via webinar. The agenda will include an opportunity for Q&A with our team.

Can we contact you?

Project Characteristics

All projects must:

  • Address healthy aging or issues important to older people
  • Be community-led

What this means:

  • Older people’s participation and input should inform the work
  • The project should be responsive to needs the community has defined and prioritized

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Make a community more age-friendly/dementia-friendly
  • Advance promising solutions prioritized by the community
  • Feature collaboration
  • Address inequities

What this means:

  • Communities seeking to become more age-friendly and/or dementia-friendly address factors influencing the health and wellbeing of older people. This may include areas like the built environment, transportation, employment and social inclusion. There are many cross-cutting determinants that influence active aging, and we encourage you to look at the resources included at the end of this document for more information.
  • “Promising” solutions are specific to, and can be different for, each community. See below for examples of grantee projects that highlight the range of ideas funded through the Momentum Fund.
  • We are all aging, and all people, organizations and sectors can contribute to conversations about healthy aging. We value projects that bring together diverse stakeholders to collaborate and achieve a common goal.
  • Not all communities—and not all people within a community—have equal access to resources and supports. These inequities affect health and wellbeing, and disparities can become more pronounced as we age. The Foundation values projects that address the needs of diverse populations including: racial or ethnic groups; women; immigrants and/or refugees; those with low income, disabilities, mental health conditions or limited English proficiency; those who identify as LGBTQ; or those who live in rural communities.

Examples of Grantee Projects

Momentum Fund mini-grants supported a wide range of organizations and projects in 2018, including projects that:

  • Engage Black women in intergenerational and cross-sector dialogue to transform the healthcare conversation (Massachusetts)
  • Recruit, train and develop a network of volunteers who are able to escort and serve as a bridge between older LGBTQ people and medical providers (Massachusetts)
  • Bring a new electronic documentation system to community/parish nurses serving older people in rural communities (New Hampshire)
  • Expand skill-building, collaborative arts programming to encourage social connections for older people (New Hampshire)
  • Train and certify elder case managers and municipal workers across the state as Dementia Practitioners (Rhode Island)
  • Enhance access to the PACE model of care (Rhode Island)

Other examples of projects we might consider include:

  • Conducting a needs assessment engaging diverse community voices
  • Adapting a promising or established best practice to the needs of your community
  • Taking a risk to explore a new approach to service delivery

View complete list of 2018 Momentum Fund grants (pdf)


Eligible organizations should have current 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent.

We do not fund:

  • Capital projects or campaigns
  • Current Tufts Health Plan Foundation grantees
    (An organization can only hold one active grant with the Foundation. Please email the Foundation to discuss.)
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising events
  • General operating expenses
  • Individuals, including candidates for public office
  • Lobbying
  • Municipalities or government agencies
    (However, they are welcome to partner with an eligible organization.)
  • Organizations that advocate, support or practice discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, language, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or other characteristic protected by law
  • Private foundations
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Research for specific diseases or conditions
  • Underwriting of medical expenses

Grant Details

  • Grant Size: up to $10,000 per year
  • Grant Duration: 12 months
  • Effective Date: November 1, 2019
  • Conclusion Date: October 31, 2020

Special note for current Momentum Fund grantees

  • Organizations are limited to two back-to-back Momentum Fund mini-grants. Current Momentum Fund grantees can apply for a second Momentum Fund mini-grant if prior grant funds will be fully spent by October 31.
  • After receiving two consecutive Momentum Fund mini-grants, an organization can seek additional support through the Foundation’s other grant programs.

How to Apply

Log into our Cybergrants system:

  • If your organization is new to Tufts Health Plan Foundation, create an account.
  • If your organization has applied to Tufts Health Plan Foundation in the past, log into your existing account.

Submit your application by the deadline.

Save a copy of your application.

Review Committees

Tufts Health Plan Foundation will inform its grantmaking through Momentum Fund review committees in each state where grants are being made (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island). Each committee consists of seven members with diverse backgrounds and experience, including advocacy, government, community, nonprofits, business, caregiving, health care and education. Committees will review Momentum Fund proposals and make funding recommendations in their states.


  • Jarre Betts
  • Denise Doucette-Ginise
  • Julia Evans Starr
  • Ruth Fortune
  • Sherry Ostrout
  • Ruby Ryles Martin
  • Deborah Stein


  • Amanda Bernardo
  • Carol Constant
  • Gary Epstein-Lubow
  • Margaret Hoag
  • Ronald Lammy
  • Synthia Scott-Mitchell

New Hampshire

  • Kevin Lew-Hanson
  • Susan Ruka
  • Barbara Salvatore
  • Jennifer Seher
  • Theresa Tanous
  • Martha Tecca

Rhode Island

  • Julio Defillo Draiby
  • Deborah Garneau
  • Maureen Maigret
  • Taino Palermo
  • Jody Shue
  • Michelle Szylin

If interested in being part of a future review committee, please contact a member of the Foundation staff.