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Age-Friendly Funding Alert: MassDevelopment Relaunches Commonwealth Places

MassDevelopment is excited to announce the creative funding program, Commonwealth Places, in partnership with the crowdfunding platform Patronicity to help improve public spaces around the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Commonwealth Places, a collaborative initiative from MassDevelopment and Patronicity, is a crowdgranting challenge program to activate new or distressed public places and community spaces. The program is open to municipalities and nonprofits to improve low- and moderate-income communities in Massachusetts.

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Age-Friendly Grant Opportunity: Mass. Census Equity Fund 2020

The Massachusetts Census Equity Fund 2020 is a statewide funding initiative with the mission to increase participation in the 2020 census in communities that are at significant risk of being undercounted.

Through this statewide grant program, the aim is to support community based organizations to educate, organize and empower residents in hard-to-count communities to respond to the 2020 Census. The 2020 Census will face additional challenges and barriers reaching those in historically undercounted communities.

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Communities Creating Intergenerational Leadership Teams

Many communities want to increase the number and nature of intergenerational initiatives, especially those making commitments to becoming more Age- and Dementia Friendly. Thanks to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, Bridges Together is able to offer funding to communities wishing to partake in an opportunity to place older adults in school classrooms across the state. Continue reading

Patient Navigators: Creating a Healthier Community through Volunteering

By Malka Young, LICSW, Director of Community Impacts, JFS of Metrowest

The last time I saw the doctor; I drove into Boston, went through a maze of dark parking levels, backed into a narrow parking space, and traversed long corridors. I rushed, only to fill out my personal information forms that I had completed on previous visits and wait.  I marvel that individuals much older than me had to do this on their own before the Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Metrowest’s Patient Navigator Program started in late 2012. Continue reading