Age-Friendly Funding Alert – Expanding Public Health Workforce, Mass Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages stakeholders and communities to consider the following funding opportunities that support inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities:

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs received three American Rescue Plan Act Grants from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) to expand the public health workforce to better address the challenges associated with COVID-19.

To help advance these efforts, ACL has created the Expanding the Public Health Workforce Program, which aims to increase the number of public health professionals within the human service and aging network to address the unique needs of older adults and people with disabilities through the support of wages and benefits for these professionals. Professionals supported through this program may provide a wide range of public health services and supports, including the provision of culturally affirmative and linguistically accessible information, access assistance for vaccines and boosters, transition and diversion from high-risk congregate settings to community living, the provision of and connection to health and wellness programs, activities that address social isolation and social determinants of health, provision of education and outreach to ensure access to health insurance and benefits, and other activities that support the public health and wellbeing of older adults and people with disabilities.

EOEA is seeking to contract with community partners to fulfill the purpose of these federal funds to expand the public health workforce in the aging and disability network in Massachusetts.  Under this procurement, EOEA intends to support training in infection control and related issues, testing availability and access, and provision of public outreach and education among older adults, people with disabilities, family caregivers, grand-families and kinship families to help them address and prepare for the challenges presented by COVID-19 as well as future public health emergencies.

For more info, contact contact Aaron Beitman at aaron.beitman2@mass.gov.

The Mass Cultural Council, thanks to COVID-19 relief funds, have developed a pair of new, one-time grant programs to assist artists and cultural organizations in pandemic recovery.

Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Individuals are unrestricted $5,000 grants to creatives and gig workers to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and set a path for growth. Key dates for this program include:

Application opens: August 15, 2022
Information sessions: August 23 and October 6, 2022
Application deadline: November 1, 2022
Awards finalized; email notifications sent: Late January 2023
Contracts sent: February 2023

Cultural Sector Recovery Grants for Organizations offers unrestricted grants ranging from $5,000-$75,000 to Massachusetts cultural organizations, collectives, and businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Key dates for this program include:

Application opens: August 1, 2022
Information sessions: August 10 or August 11, 2022
Application deadline: September 23, 2022
Awards finalized; email notifications sent: Late January 2023
Contracts sent: February 2023

Other grant opportunities can be found in previous blog posts here.