Age-Friendly Funding Opportunity Reminders: Enhancing Digital Literacy for Older Adults, Community Transit Grant Program

May 17, 2023

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

MassDOT’s FY24 Community Transit Grant Program is now open for applications for operating and mobility management projects to expand mobility for older adults and people with disabilities. If you would like to apply, contact Rachel Fichtenbaum for application training and the application forms: or (857) 368-8584. Applications are due June 23, 2023.

Later this year, MassDOT will open applications for wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Currently, only the operating and mobility management applications are open.

The next grant round of Festivals & Projects will support activities incorporating the arts, humanities, or sciences that provide community and/or public benefit and take place between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. These awards of $2,500 will support outdoor performances, art workshops, public art projects, pop-up markets, small capital projects, art and nature hikes, regional food festivals, cultural celebrations – and more – across the Commonwealth.

More information is available here.

The Asphalt Art Initiative grant program is designed to fund visual art on roadways, pedestrian spaces, and public infrastructure in cities. Typically, the projects are painted murals, organized in collaboration between city governments and local communities, with the following primary goals:

    • Improving street and pedestrian safety
    • Revitalizing and activating underutilized public space
    • Promoting collaboration and civic engagement in local communities

The program will award up to 20 cities grants of up to $25,000 each, as well as on-call technical assistance from the tactical urbanism firm Street Plans. Winning cities are expected to be announced in fall 2023 for projects installing during calendar year 2024.

More information is available here.

The Special Initiatives grant program provides organizations with a one-time grant of up to $50,000 to pilot or launch a new project over a one-year period. Special Initiatives grants are intended to fund projects which empower communities to advance health equity. Projects should positively impact the health or health care related needs of those Massachusetts residents who have been economically, socially, culturally, or racially marginalized.

If successful, it is hoped that these projects can be sustained, scaled, and potentially replicated.

Special Initiatives grant proposals must align with one or more of the Foundation’s three focus areas: access to health coverage and care, access to behavioral health services, and elimination of structural racism and racial inequities in health. Projects must serve the Foundation’s populations of focus: Massachusetts residents who are economically, racially, culturally, or socially marginalized.

More information is available here.