"The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts has announced five activation fund grants to area organizations totaling more than $350,000.
These grants will support a wide range of projects throughout Central Massachusetts, from work on area water systems to two grants to community health centers for physician, nurse practitioner and physician assistant recruitment and for expansion of optometry services.
“The Foundation is pleased to provide funding for five projects that we believe will make a difference in improving health in Central Massachusetts, particularly among vulnerable populations,” said Dr. John P. Gusha, Chair of the Board of the Foundation. “Each of these grants addresses a different problem, but all of the projects are working to improve some aspect of the health of our region.”
“The goal of the Activation Fund is to enable an organization to move to a higher level of capacity and to then continue to function at that higher level after the grant ends,” noted Dr. Jan Yost, President and CEO of the Foundation. Yost explained that Activation Fund grants typically are for one-year projects that demonstrate a creative and innovative approach to alleviate an existing community health concern or that address an emerging health challenge in the region.
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RCAP Solutions, Inc. – $60,000 for the Small Water System Financial Sustainability Project to provide on-site technical, managerial and financial assistance and training support in order to increase a community's capacity to plan, operate, manage and sustain its water systems. RCAP will work with a number of area communities on asset management and capital needs planning and help them with technical assistance and training around compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. RCAP will also look for opportunities for these small water systems to regionalize in order to maximize the impact of this effort."
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