Momentum Fund

Updated for 2020

The coronavirus pandemic will continue to affect communities beyond the initial crisis phase. Stakeholders from communities across the region already have begun to consider challenges and opportunities that will accompany the recovery phase.

To give communities additional resources in this critical time, the Foundation board voted to direct 2020 Momentum Fund mini-grants to support community resilience, retooling and rebuilding in response to COVID-19.

The Momentum Fund will continue to provide one-year mini-grants of up to $10,000 to support communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Process

There is no application.

Instead of formal proposals, we will act on input from state-based review committees and proactively learn from organizations about evolving community needs. Also, we will leverage our relationships at nonprofit umbrella organizations (Philanthropy Massachusetts, New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island, and The Alliance in Connecticut) to inform our work and give us additional input on emerging needs and priorities.

Please email Kimberly_Blakemore@tufts-health.com and Phillip_Gonzalez@tufts-health.com to schedule a time to speak before August 28.

Timeline

Before August 28: Connect with us to share the needs, priorities and responses in your community. Email Kimberly_Blakemore@tufts-health.com and Phillip_Gonzalez@tufts-health.com to schedule a time to speak before August 28.

Week of September 7: Organizations notified of decisions.

October 1: Grant period begins.

Grant Details

  • Grant Size: up to $10,000
  • Grant Duration: 12 months
  • Effective Date: October 1, 2020
  • Conclusion Date: September 30, 2021

Eligibility

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

FAQs

Who is eligible to receive funding?

  • 501(c)(3) organizations, or those with a fiscal agent.
  • We cannot directly fund municipalities or government agencies. However, they are welcome to partner with an eligible organization for funding.
  • We cannot fund individuals.

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.

Can we contact you?

Review Committees

Tufts Health Plan Foundation will convene review committees in each state where grants are being made (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island). Committee members bring diverse backgrounds and experience, including advocacy, government, community, nonprofits, business, caregiving, health care and education. Committees will share local perspectives and insights regarding emerging issues.

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

Helpful Resources

COVID-19 Resources