Age-Friendly Funding Reminders: MassTrails, Shared Streets & Spaces

Communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly may be interested in the following funding opportunities, previously announced by MHAC:

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 provides matching grants to communities, public entities, and non-profit organizations to plan, design, create, and maintain the diverse network of trails, trail systems, and trails experiences used and enjoyed by Massachusetts residents and visitors. Applications are accepted annually for a variety of well-planned trail projects benefitting communities across the state. This provides a great opportunity for age-and dementia friendly communities to create accessible and inclusive trails for older adults and people living with dementia.

Eligible applicants include municipalities, state or federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. Two or more entities can apply jointly, with one acting as the fiscal agent. MassTrails grants can be in addition to other forms of secured local, state, and federal assistance that the applicant will receive.

More info, including how to apply, is available here.

EVENT – Learning About MassDOT Shared Streets & Spaces:

December 1, 2021 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

AARP MA and the MA Healthy Ageing Collaborative will be hosting a virtual conversation with MassDOT to learn about the upcoming Shared Streets and spaces grant program, as well as tools to help with planning your projects. To learn more and to register: https://aarp.cventevents.com/sharedstreets