Age-Friendly Funding Alert: Transportation, Cultural Programs

Sep 25, 2018

For communities and regions looking to become Age- and Dementia Friendly, as well as their organizational partners, the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative identifies and shares funding opportunities that help improve livability and well-being.

Transportation: via MassMobility

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced two new grant opportunities related to access and mobility: the Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility (ICAM) pilot program, and a Human Services Coordination Research (HSCR) program. In total, FTA is offering $6.3 million for these two projects: $3.9 for ICAM, and $2.4 for HSCR.

Each funding stream will support 18-month projects. ICAM funds are available for innovative capital projects (including mobility management) to improve healthcare transportation coordination for transportation-disadvantaged individuals. Goals include increasing access to care, improving health outcomes, and reducing healthcare costs. HSCR funds will support capital or operating projects that offer innovative solutions to improve local coordination, increase service efficiency, or expand access to coordinated transportation services. HSCR projects must address gaps identified in Coordinated Human Service Transportation plans.

Applications are due November 13. For applicant eligibility guidelines and other details, read the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Cultural Programs: via Mass Cultural Council

The Mass Cultural Council‘s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, LCCs award more than $3 million in grants to more than 6,000 cultural programs statewide. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts residents.

Interested in applying?
The next deadline is October 15, 2018. Applications will be available September 1.

Mass Cultural Council funds and manages a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils across the state, representing every city and town in the Commonwealth. Each council awards money based on individual community cultural needs, assessed and set by council members.

Applicants should apply directly to LCCs. Start by entering the name of the council into the yellow “Find Your Local Cultural Council” box in the top left corner of this screen.

  1. Read more about the LCC Program.
  2. Review state application guidelines and application process.
  3. Check out the Council’s Priorities (type the council’s name into the yellow “Find Your Local Cultural Council” box in the top left corner of this screen) and complete the online application.