Monthly Archives: September 2019

Age-Friendly Grant Opportunity: Mass. Census Equity Fund 2020

The Massachusetts Census Equity Fund 2020 is a statewide funding initiative with the mission to increase participation in the 2020 census in communities that are at significant risk of being undercounted.

Through this statewide grant program, the aim is to support community based organizations to educate, organize and empower residents in hard-to-count communities to respond to the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census will face additional challenges and barriers reaching those in historically undercounted communities.

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Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Portal Open to Submit Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change Grant

The Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Fund team announced that the portal to submit an application for the Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Change Approaches funding opportunity is now live! Please visit the How to Apply page to learn more about submitting your idea and to access the online portal. Continue reading

Boston Celebrates Age-Friendly Bench Program

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, along with the City of Boston’s Age Strong Commission, Public Works, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, AARP, Tufts Health Plan Foundation and WalkBoston celebrated the Age-Friendly Bench program in Grove Hall. The program expands the number of benches across the city, with a particular focus on raising the availability of resting locations for older adults. Continue reading

Governor Announces Announces $34 Million in Community Development Block Grants to 63 Communities

Governor Baker and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) recently awarded $34 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Awards to support a variety of housing, community and economic development projects in 63 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Many of these projects are helping cities and towns become more Age-Friendly through improvements to a community’s physical environment. Continue reading

40 for 40: Tufts Health Plan Foundation Contributes $1 Million Dollars to Over 40 New England Non-Profits to Mark Tufts Health Plan’s 40th Anniversary

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced this week it is donating an additional $1 million to area non-profits focused on health equity and the social determinants of health. The 40 grants will be distributed to organizations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island in honor of Tufts Health Plan’s 40th anniversary and its longstanding tradition of giving back to the community. This $1 million is above the Foundation’s annual grantmaking levels. Continue reading

Healthy Aging in Motion: New Resource from MHAC, MassMobility Highlights Transportation Examples and Creative Partnerships

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and MassMobility are partnering to help municipalities and organizations overcome transportation barriers – starting by recognizing the creative and effective work already underway in communities across the Commonwealth. Continue reading

Governor Baker, Advocates Celebrate Expanded Eligibility for Medicare Savings Program

Governor Charlie Baker joined Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and leaders of health care advocacy organizations on September 16th for a ceremonial signing of key sections of the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget that aim to create health care savings for individuals and the Commonwealth. Continue reading

Travel Training and Aging Service Providers: Three Example

If you are interested in learning how agencies are supporting older adults in learning to use fixed-route public transit services such as the bus, please join MassMobility at an upcoming event at Greater Lynn Senior Services from 10:00am to noon on September 24th.

Attendees will hear from aging services providers that have incorporated travel instruction into their offerings. Travel instruction is the professional activity of helping older adults or people with disabilities learn the information and skills they need to ride fixed-route public transit independently and safely. Continue reading

Nearly 20 Communities Awarded Complete Streets Funding

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack, Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, and local officials in Springfield to announce funding awards totaling $5.1 million to eighteen communities through the Complete Streets Funding Program to support local, multimodal infrastructure projects that improve accessibility for people walking, biking, taking transit, and using other forms of transportation.

The Complete Streets program is also an opportunity for Age- and Dementia Friendly Communities looking for funding support to improve the physical environment of their city or town. For those communities interested in becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly that are receiving an award, this funding could be a good kick-start to a local initiative and help bring stakeholder together. Continue reading