Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MassTrails, Blue Cross-Blue Shield Foundation, Community Care Corps

Jan 22, 2020

MassTrails – Due Feb. 1:

MassTrails provides grants to support recreational trail and shared use pathway projects across the Commonwealth.  Grant amounts are dependent on the project and its needs, but generally range from $5,000 to $100,000 with grants of up to $300,000 awarded to projects demonstrating critical network connections of regional significance.

Eligible grant activities include project development, design, engineering, permitting, construction, and maintenance of recreational trails, shared use pathways, and the amenities that support trails.

MassTrails grants are REIMBURSABLE, meaning grantees must first pay for expenditures themselves and then submit for reimbursement using the required documentation.

MassTrails grants are MATCHING grants and require that proponents provide a minimum of 20% of the total project cost. Projects with higher match commitments will be given greater consideration.

Blue Cross-Blue Shield Foundation – Due Feb. 21st

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) Foundation will provide a limited number of one-year grants up to $50,000 to Massachusetts organizations undertaking activities that expand access to health care for low-income and vulnerable people and impact Massachusetts by:

  • developing innovative programs that expand access to coverage and care;
  • advancing knowledge and information in support of low-income health issues, and laying the foundation for evidence-based results for health care delivery, public and subsidized coverage, and behavioral health services;
  • promoting efforts that validate the impact of social services, such as housing and food security, on health status;
  • evaluating programs, or engaging in a variety of other activities that are aligned with the Foundation’s strategic priorities to promote access to quality care and coverage, behavioral health services, and social equity and health for low-income and vulnerable residents of the Commonwealth.

National Community Care Corps – Due April 3rd

Oasis Institute has received a five-year cooperative agreement from the U.S. Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) to implement the National Volunteer Care Corps.

This program, now called Community Care Corps, is administered by Oasis in cooperation with Caregiver Action Network, the National Association for Area Agencies on Aging, and Altarum (referred to as “Administrators” in this Request for Proposals).

Through an independent review committee and competitive grantmaking process, the Administrators will distribute these funds to foster innovative local models to provide volunteer non-medical assistance to older adults, persons with disabilities, and family
caregivers; and to evaluate the effectiveness of those models in different communities nationally.