January 24, 2018

Inbox [Jan. 24]: News and notes from Health Foundation of Central Mass., African Children’s Choir

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Health Foundation accepting applications for Activation Fund grants

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts invites new grant applications for its Activation Fund in 2018. The Activation Fund supports discrete, one-year projects in Central Massachusetts that demonstrate creative and innovative approaches to addressing community health concerns and that move an organization to its next level of capacity and effectiveness, which can be sustained beyond the term of the grant.

Activation Fund grants typically range from $10,000 to $100,000. In 2017, 11 grants were awarded.

Those interested in applying for an Activation Fund grant should visit the Foundation website at www.hfcm.org and attend an in-person or online information session (registration required) for details including guidelines, deadlines and examples of previous grants. In addition, interested parties are asked to meet with Dr. Amie Shei, vice president for programs, before submitting a Letter of Intent (due April 5) to assess the fit of a proposed project with the Activation Fund guidelines. For additional information, call the Foundation at 508-438-0009, Ext. 2.

The Foundation was established in 1999 with the proceeds from the sale of Central Massachusetts Health Care Inc., a physician-initiated nonprofit HMO. The Foundation currently has assets of approximately $73 million and has awarded grants totaling around $39 million.

African Children’s Choir to perform at Holden Chapel

Holden Chapel will host a performance by the African Children’s Choir at 7 p.m., Feb. 28 at 279 Reservoir St., Holden.

The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with its charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites.

Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

Music for Life — the parent organization for The African Children’s Choir — works in seven African countries: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. MFL has educated more than 52,000 children through its relief and development programs. The organization’s purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa by focusing on education.

The African Children’s Choir has performed before presidents, heads of state and most recently Queen Elizabeth II for her diamond jubilee. The choir has sung alongside Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith and other inspirational performers.

The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow.

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