Tufts Health Plan Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is committed to funding the health, affordable housing, and mental health needs of older adults in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

FUNDING AREAS: The elderly, health, affordable housing, mental health

IP TAKE:  Grantmaking has been ramping up in Boston lately, especially in affordable senior housing and senior mental health.

PROFILE: Established in 2008, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation (THPF) supports health and wellness in states that the company serves: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. James Roosevelt Jr. created the foundation to address health care in these places with Tufts Health Plan assets. Grantmaking interests are the elderly, health, affordable housing, and mental health.

The bulk of funding goes toward policies and solutions to help senior citizens live their healthiest and happiest lives. The foundation's three focus areas are Systems and Best Practices, Policy and Advocacy, and Community Engagement. This funder likes to support collaborations. In a past grant cycle, it awarded 21 new grants that represented collaborations with over 200 community organizations. Most funding in Boston targets improving the age-inclusiveness of the city through programs and community-level policies and systems. THPF also seeks to support populations at high risk of health disparities due to low income. Systems and Best Practices grants support health and wellness, workforce development, purposeful engagement, and field and capacity building. Policy and Advocacy grants go to transportation, housing, the built environment, employment, social and civic inclusion and participation, communication and information, and community support and health services. Past grantees in Boston include Enterprise Community Partners, the Trustees of Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts Foundation.

Foundation grants often range in size between $50,000 and $200,000. View the funder’s press release section of its website to learn about past giving. Boston has been a primary site of THPF funding, driven by the fast growth of the city’s senior population and the approximately 73 percent of seniors falling into a low-income bracket. The funder gives throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.

THPF accepts unsolicited letters of intent, and an organization can be considered for a grant once per year. Multiyear grant requests are considered, and applicants are notified by email whether they are invited to submit a full proposal. Grantseekers can find a list of due dates for letters of intent for each focus area on the funder’s website. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 617-972-9400 or foundation@tufts-health.com.

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