Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Mass Cultural Council, Adira Foundation, IT Grant Program

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to pass along the following grant opportunities that support inclusive age- and dementia friendly community efforts.

You can see previous posts about funding opportunities here.

Mass Cultural Council announces the availability of CIP Projects grants, which provide a 1-year grant to support cultural projects that benefit the public. In order to respond to the unique needs of the cultural sector during these challenging times, applicants can either apply for a project grant for public programming OR for capacity building. Unlike the CIP Portfolio or Gateway, these awards do not provide general operating support. (A cultural organization is not eligible for a Projects grant if it will receive Portfolio or Gateway funding in FY22.)

Projects grantees will receive a grant of $2,500 to support a specific public project or capacity building project. Projects have to take place between June 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Applications are due on November 16, 2021 at 11:59pm (ET).

There are some changes to the Projects program for FY22, so please read the program guidelines and register for the information session on October 6, 2021 at 4pm.

Adira is inviting Letters of Intent for programs that aim to improve the lives of people with Adira’s five focus neurodegenerative diseases—ALS, Alzheimer’s and related dementias, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease—and/or their caregivers.

Qualified, tax-exempt nonprofits throughout the United States and its territories who serve people with Adira’s five focus neurodegenerative diseases and/or their caregivers are invited to submit.

Letters of Intent are due by 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 18.

Recently, MHAC shared the availability of the Community Compact Best Practices Program, which is where cities and towns can apply for funding through an agreement with the Baker Administration to pursue municipal best practices. Age-and dementia friendly efforts are listed among the best practices communities may pursue.

The Community Compact IT Grant Program is a separate initiative where cities and towns can apply for grants of up to $200,000 support the implementation of innovative IT projects by funding related one-time capital needs such as technology infrastructure or software.

Incidental or one-time costs related to the capital purchase such as planning, design, installation, implementation and initial training are eligible.

The application period for the FY22 IT Grant program runs from September 15 – October 15 at noon and MHAC encourages communities to consider technology needs of older adults for this funding opportunity.

More information is available here.