Age Friendly Funding Alerts: Mass Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts/MAPC, Falls Prevention

Nov 9, 2022

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

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) Arts and Culture Department (MAPC) and  Forecast Public Art (FPA), is pleased to invite municipalities in Massachusetts to participate in the Making it Public for MA Municipalities 2023 cohort.

Municipalities selected for the 2023 cohort will participate in Making it Public, a free 5-week virtual training facilitated by FPA designed to equip administrators in strengthening local capacity to support, create, and promote more vibrant and just public art making. FPA has facilitated Making It Public across the nation for almost a decade. This particular series has been tailored for MA municipalities in partnership with MAPC’s Arts & Culture Department and General Counsel.

Details and application info on ‘Making it Public’ is available here.

  • Mass Cultural Council – Multiple grant programs available

Mass Cultural Council has two opportunities that may be of interest to communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly – especially those making connections to arts and cultural institutions and programming.

The Cultural Facilities Fund (CFF) applications are now available, kicking off the FY23 round of grants that support the planning and construction of cultural facilities in Massachusetts. Over $9 million will be awarded to support repairs, renovations, new construction, and acquisition of facilities. Planning grants are also available for analysis, design, and feasibility studies that relate to a cultural facility.

Entities that are eligible to apply include 501(c)3 organizations that are primarily concerned with the arts, humanities, or sciences, as well as municipalities and colleges that own cultural facilities that serve the public.

The Festivals & Projects grant program provides one-year grants of $2,500 to support publicly-available cultural activities taking place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. The deadline for this program is December 15th, 2022.

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support organizations to reduce falls and/or falls risk among older adults and adults with disabilities in their community through the implementation of evidence-based falls prevention programs, focusing on those older adults in underserved areas/populations as defined by the Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.

The Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), plans to award 4 to 6 cooperative agreements with a four-year (48-month) project period, subject to the availability of funds.

The two primary goals are:

Goal 1: Develop capacity to increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities who participate in evidence-based falls prevention programs to empower them to reduce falls and/or their risk of falls.

Goal 2: Identify and implement one or more robust strategies that will promote the sustainability of evidence-based falls prevention programs.

More information is available here.