Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Coronavirus Relief Fund, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

May 27, 2020

  • FY20 Coronavirus Relief Funds for Mass. Municipalities

The deadline for communities to submit applications for FY20 Coronavirus Relief Funds is Friday, June 5th. Submissions will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis and payments made on a regular basis, however cities and towns are asked to finalize the process before June 5th in order to ensure a timely distribution of funds.

Among the potential uses of funds are “services and supports to residents in their homes.” This includes:

  • Grocery and/or meals delivery – modeled on Council on Aging activities,
  • Expanded participation
  • Replacement of meals delivery volunteer staff (often retirees)
  • Wellness check-ins with vulnerable elders*
  • Short-term rental or mortgage support*
  • Prescription drug delivery

For additional information, please see the following letter from Secretary Heffernan to Municipal Chief Executives summarizing the Baker-Polito Administration’s approach to administering Coronavirus Relief Funds and detailed guidance related to program.

Passwords were previously provided to municipal CEOs through the Division of Local Services. To submit applications, please use the following web-based application:

  • Brigham and Women’s Stepping Strong Injury Prevention Program

The Gillian Reny Stepping Strong Center for Trauma Innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital announces the 2020 Stepping Strong Innovator Awards Request for Applications.  The $100,000 awards fund research and innovation to improve the prevention, treatment and care of traumatic injury and its associated recovery.

The Stepping Strong Injury Prevention Program’s mission is to reduce the burden of injury by advancing evidence-based prevention activities through community outreach, research of best practices, and training of healthcare professionals at the Brigham and beyond.

Falls are the top mechanism of injury treated at the Brigham’s Trauma Division and preventing falls is one of the top priorities of the Stepping Strong Injury Prevention Program. For this research opportunity priority will be given to projects focusing on innovative primary prevention of injuries, including prevention of falls.

In addition, strong preference in the application process will be given to multidisciplinary projects and projects should include collaborators at Brigham and Women’s Hospital or Massachusetts General Hospital.

You can learn more about the application process, the focus areas of the SSCTI 2020 Innovator Awards, and the responsibilities of Award winners here.  They have also created a Frequently Asked Questions to help you.

The deadline is August 14, 2020 at 12:00pm EST.

The Stepping Strong team is available to answer questions related to this RFA, the application process, eligibility or Stepping Strong in general with any researcher or clinician, and plan to host a Zoom session on May 27th at 4:00pm for potential applicants to learn more about the Stepping Strong Center and the Innovator Awards.