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Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MAPC, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (“MAPC”) in partnership with MassDevelopment, has developed this state-wide Taxi/Livery Partnership Grant program to provide funding for grantees to contract with taxicab, livery, or hackney businesses for transportation and delivery needs for the Commonwealth’s vulnerable populations and others.  Continue reading

Smart Growth America, CDC Launch ‘Champions Institute’ to Promote Complete Streets and Physical Activity

Smart Growth America (SGA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity are now accepting applications for the Champions Institute, a new initiative for elected officials focused on safe streets and healthy communities. This is an opportunity for elected leaders of Age-and Dementia Friendly Communities to learn more about the concepts of Complete Streets and inclusive street policies and practices.

The Champions Institute will serve to prepare mayors, city council people, tribal representatives, and other local elected-officials to act as champions supporting plans, policies, and funding that promote activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations, as part of the Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative. Continue reading

MassDOT Announces “Shared Streets and Spaces” Funding Recipients

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that six municipalities are receiving funding totaling more than $288,000 in the third round of funding in the Baker-Polito Administration’s Shared Streets & Spaces Program.

The program to date has given out a total amount of more than $1.7 million to 22 municipalities, of which 73% are Environmental Justice communities. Continue reading