Age-Friendly Funding Alerts: MassTrails, Community Transit Grant, Transportation Justice Grants

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative encourages communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly to consider the following funding opportunities:

MassTrails is seeking to fund shared use path projects that will fill critical gaps in the statewide trails network. Apply to receive grant funds up to $500,000 per award.

MassTrails is an inter-agency initiative of the Commonwealth lead by the Governor’s Office, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Department of Transportation and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. MassTrails seeks to expand and connect the Commonwealth’s networks of off-road, shared use pathways and recreational trails for all users across Massachusetts by providing matching grants, technical assistance and resources to assist in planning, design, construction, and maintenance of high-quality trail
networks in Massachusetts.

Councils on Aging, non-profits, transit authorities, municipalities, and some taxis can apply for this annual competitive funding opportunity from MassDOT for vehicles, mobility management projects, or operating expenses to expand mobility for older adults and people with disabilities. For inspiration, check out this recent report on creative examples of how organizations have used this funding in the past. Attendance at a virtual training session – scheduled for April 21 and 27 – is mandatory for new applicants and optional for returning applicants. Learn more here.

Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) is seeking proposals to advance work at the intersection of transportation access and social justice. This opportunity is available to groups organizing and advocating to improve walking, cycling, rolling, and public transportation to help reverse racial and economic inequities in Massachusetts.