Forty community-based organizations each will receive a Momentum Fund mini-grant of up to $10,000 from Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Now in its second year, the fund was established to foster promising ideas and support cities and towns in their efforts to make their communities better places to grow up and grow old. This is the first year Connecticut nonprofits will receive Momentum Fund mini-grants.
“These mini-grants make it possible for organizations to build on community insights,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. “We know the best ideas come from cities and towns as they reimagine aging.”
The Momentum Fund is supporting 10 projects in Connecticut, 10 in Massachusetts, 10 in Rhode Island and 10 in New Hampshire. Each is community-led, addresses healthy aging and includes older people in the planning and implementation process. The projects address the social determinants of health, including access to healthy food and affordable housing. Several projects provide support for people living with dementia and promote healthy aging in multicultural communities.
“Many of the Momentum Fund recipients are taking on new programs or projects to make their communities more age- and dementia-friendly,” said Phillip González, the Foundation’s senior program officer. “We look forward to learning with them.”
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 Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
The 2019 Momentum Fund grant recipients are:
Center for Food Equity and Economic Development – CCGB
LiveWell Alliance, Inc.
Naugatuck Valley Project, Inc.
Intergenerational Housing Project
New Britain ROOTS, Inc.
New Britain, Conn.
Food is Love Project
Gracefully Growing into the Future- Mind over Matte
The Children’s Community Programs of CT, Inc.
New Haven, Conn.
The Towers Foundation
New Haven, Conn.
United Way of Western Connecticut Inc
Age Well CT Ambassador Program
Western Connecticut Area Agency on Aging
CONNections to Live Well Together
Create a Village in Dorchester
Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center Inc.
Memory Café for Asian Seniors
Lynn Shelter Association
Art Therapy Program
Minuteman Senior Services
Change of Condition Report Project
Montachusett Enterprise Center, Inc.
Becoming an Age-Friendly Montachusett Region
Our Neighbors’ Table
Using SNAP to increase Senior Food Security
Citizenship Services for Older Clients
Watertown for All Ages
Transportation Initiative for Seniors – Phase II
Cuidadores Unidos (Caregivers United)
YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard
Vinyard Haven, Mass.
Exercise Your Heart in More Ways than One
Integrated Geriatric Care Program to Stay Healthy Longer
Concord Community Television
Let’s Get Out and About
Friends Forever Inc
Elder & Youth Collaborative Program Design
Gibson Center for Senior Services
North Conway, N.H.
MWV Age-Friendly – Directory of Volunteer Opportunities
Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.
Experience/Arts in Underserved Communities
MWVADC Memorial Elder Health Services, Memorial Hospital
North Conway, N.H.
Seacoast Village Project
New Castle, N.H.
Build an engaged and sustainable volunteer base
Southern District YMCA/Camp Lincoln Inc
Senior Prescribe the Y
TASC (Transportation Assistance for Seacoast Citizens)
The Granite YMCA
Increasing Access to Critical Health and Wellness Programs
Cranston Senior Services
Family Service of Rhode Island
Aging Creatively: Building Community and Fighting Stigma Through Art
Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring Project
Hope’s Harvest Rhode Island
Sharing the Bounty with Aging Rhode Islanders in Need
LMW Healthcare, Inc.
Age Friendly Westerly Action Team
Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island, Inc.
Seniors Serving Seniors
Progreso Latino, Inc.
Central Falls, R.I.
Siempre Contigo-Creating a Dementia Friendly Central Falls
Rhode Island Community Food Bank
Pilot Project: Increasing access to food for low-income seniors
Building Community with LGBT Seniors
The Providence Village of Rhode Island
Developing New Villages in Rhode Island