Age-Friendly Funding Alerts: Expanding Engagement Grant (Boston), Reminders and Upcoming Deadlines

Feb 14, 2024

he Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative is pleased to promote the following funding opportunities that help support inclusive age-and dementia friendly communities:

Through the Expanding Engagement Grant, the City of Boston’s Age Strong Commission seeks to fund projects that are expanding social engagement programming and outreach to older adults. The goal of this grant program is to leverage existing community trust and foster a sense of community within each neighborhood. Grants will be made to ensure high-quality social engagement programs are accessible to older adults in every corner of Boston.

More information is available here.

The Executive Office of Elder Affairs announced a new $4.5 million grant opportunity to increase the capacity of Supportive and Social Day Programs throughout the Commonwealth. Funding is provided by the American Rescue Plan Act Home and Community-Based Services. Grants of up to $50,000 are available for planning, and grants of up to $300,000 are available for expanding or launching a program.

EOEA will host a Bidder’s Conference on Thursday, January 18, 2024 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM to provide more information and answer questions about the Supportive and Social Day Program Expansion Grant. Please email to receive information about the Bidder’s Conference.

Apply online before Friday, February 16, 2024 using the MassGRANTS application portal.

  • The Connection, Health, and Equity through Food (CHEF) Program

The CHEF Program is a collaborative network of organizations and volunteer initiatives across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Upstate New York that are focused on increasing older adults’ equitable access to healthy food and social connection.

CHEF grants will provide funding to increase older adults’ equitable access to food and social connections in their communities. Grants will allow awardees to make investments in programmatic infrastructure, sustainably expand current programming and/or launch innovative, new programming that supports the food and social connection needs of older people. Priority will be given to projects and programs that serve diverse older people, veterans, and older people living with disabilities. Funds can also be used to help find solutions to the root causes of food insecurity and social isolation, including but not limited to poverty, transportation, rurality, and language barriers.

CHEF grant FAQs are available here. Applications, deadlines and further information are available here.

For more grant opportunities, see our previous Age-Friendly Funding Alerts post here.