Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MetroCommon 2050 Outreach Mini-Grant Program

At a previous meeting of the Healthy Aging Collaborative’s Advisory Council, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) presented background on the Greater Boston region’s long-range plan, called MetroCommon 2050. MAPC then ran a special listening session and small group discussion to gather feedback from healthy aging stakeholders on the plan.

Now, MAPC is accepting applications for the MetroCommon 2050 Outreach Mini-Grant Program and will be awarding the mini-grants on a rolling basis until December 2020 for outreach projects to be completed between now and Spring 2021.

The purpose of the MetroCommon 2050 mini-grants is to fund community partners to help us with outreach, events, and collecting input in harder-to-reach communities. Voices of people from those communities will be crucial in developing the plan content and shaping the future of MAPC’s region.

MAPC wants to hear from the region, and they are providing resources to those who will help the regional planning agency reach underserved populations. MAPC serves the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston.

MAPC will host information sessions and webinars from time to time to answer any questions. The first will be on July 1 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at MAPC, 60 Temple Place, Boston, MA and via webinar. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate.

Those who work with underserved populations: people of color, lowincome communities, Native Americans, women, youth, seniors, LGBTQIA, immigrants, veterans, and those with disabilities. Justice-involved groups, religious-based groups, coalitions, non-profits, associations, and individuals with a proven record of successful community organizing and work are encouraged to apply. 501c3 or fiduciary agent required. Municipalities are
not eligible applicants.

Mini-grants will be allocated on a rolling basis through the end of the MetroCommon project. The first grants will be awarded on July 1, 2019 with final grants expected to be allocated January 2021.

• Grants will be awarded from $5,000 to $15,000. A total of $100,000 will be allocated.
• Applicants may be asked to come in for an interview.
• Applications will be reviewed by MAPC staff and MAPC’s Community Engagement Advisory Committee.

More information is available on MAPC’s mini-grant notice.

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