Twenty-seven local organizations each will receive a grant of up to $10,000 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s new Momentum Fund. The fund was established to foster new ideas and support cities and towns in their efforts to make their communities better places to grow up and grow old.
“We developed the Momentum Fund to help smaller communities and organizations that want to do this work,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “They are adopting more inclusive policies, building accessible parks and public spaces, and integrating age-friendly practices.”
The Momentum Fund is supporting 10 projects in Massachusetts, 10 in Rhode Island and 7 in New Hampshire. Each is community-led, addresses healthy aging and includes older people in the planning and implementation process.
“Many New England communities recognize older people as tremendous assets,” said Phillip González, the Foundation’s senior program officer. “This is an opportunity for us to learn from communities as they innovate and collaborate to address the needs of that community.”
The Foundation convened review committees in each state to inform the grantmaking process. Review committee members have diverse backgrounds and experience, and will ensure that learning and insights are shared across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island as the Fund enters its second year.
The first recipients of Momentum Fund grants are:
Boston Neighborhood Network
Voices of Experience
Community Conversations Sister to Sister: Novel Approach to Community Capacity Building through Diverse Stakeholder Partnerships
Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion, Inc.
IBA’s Resident Services Program – Community Ambassadors Network
Jewish Family Service of Metrowest
JFS LGBT Health Care Access Project: Patient Navigators/Medical Escorts for Older LGBT People
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers
MAPS Community Advocacy Project for Older People
Pioneer Valley Regional Ventures Center
Pioneer Valley Aging Communities Initiative
Quincy Asian Resources Inc.
Community Field Trips for Healthy Older Immigrants
Revitalize Community Development Corporation
Doorway to an Accessible, Safe & Healthy Home (DASHH)
Villages in the Berkshires
Designing a Village Model for Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Watertown for All Ages
Taking TRIPPS to Watertown: Using a New Online Tool to Create a Transportation Plan for Older People
Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.
Experience/Arts in Northern New Hampshire
Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health
Winnipesaukee Village Network
Monadnock Family Services, Inc.
Gatekeepers in the Monadnock Region
Public Health Council of the Upper Valley
Community/Parish Nurse Electronic Documentation System Implementation
Tri-County Community Action Program, Inc.
Age Friendly Health and Art Classes
The Granite YMCA
Preventing Injuries When Older People Fall
United Valley Interfaith Project
Rollout of Useful Tools for Aging with Dignity Course
Benjamin Church Senior Center, Inc.
Three-Part Alzheimer’s Disease Informational Series (for Community, Care Givers, and Healthcare Workers)
Catholic Social Services of R.I.
Chores Service Programs in Rhode Island: Analysis and Case Studies
Child and Family Services of Newport County
Dementia Training for Life
Cranston Senior Services
Making Cranston a Dementia Friendly Community
Educational Center for Arts and Sciences
Tufts Health Plan Matinés de Domingo. (Tufts Health Plan Sunday Matinees)
PACE Organization of Rhode Island
Expanding Primary Care Access in the Community
Progreso Latino, Inc.
Central Falls, R.I.
Creating a Dementia-Friendly Central Falls
Roger Williams University
Home Modification Community Assessment
The Providence Village of Rhode Island
Building Age-Friendly Villages: A New Approach for Rhode Island
Westbay Community Action Program
Protective Support Fund for Older People