The “Moving Massachusetts Upstream” (MassUP) initiative is a partnership across Massachusetts state agencies including the HPC, the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Office of the Attorney General, the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
The vision of the MassUP initiative is better health, lower costs and reduced health inequities in Massachusetts through effective collaboration among government, health care systems, and communities. MassUP includes two distinct but complementary work streams: an investment program, and a state-level interagency policy alignment working group. Continue reading
The Safe Routes to Schools “Signs and Lines Program” from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will provide design services and up to $6,000 in construction funding to a selected municipality for a low-cost infrastructure project around a public elementary or middle school. For any communities working to become more age- and dementia friendly and have – or are seeking – partnerships with local schools, this is a great opportunity to create inter-generational activity. Continue reading
Mass Cultural Council’s Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually. Each year, LCCs award more than $4 million in grants to more than 6,000 cultural programs statewide. The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts resident.
With an application deadline of October 15th, these grants can benefit local Age-Friendly and Dementia Friendly initiatives by improving inclusiveness of older adults and access to arts and cultural opportunities for residents of all ages. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Fund team announced that the portal to submit an application for the Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Change Approaches funding opportunity is now live! Please visit the How to Apply page to learn more about submitting your idea and to access the online portal. Continue reading
Governor Baker and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) recently awarded $34 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) Awards to support a variety of housing, community and economic development projects in 63 cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Many of these projects are helping cities and towns become more Age-Friendly through improvements to a community’s physical environment. Continue reading
Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced this week it is donating an additional $1 million to area non-profits focused on health equity and the social determinants of health. The 40 grants will be distributed to organizations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island in honor of Tufts Health Plan’s 40th anniversary and its longstanding tradition of giving back to the community. This $1 million is above the Foundation’s annual grantmaking levels. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative promotes funding opportunities to help communities kick-start Age- and Dementia Friendly activities, advance their work, or accomplish action items relative to issues like transportation. Continue reading
The Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds (the Funds) are committed to disrupting and removing barriers to health – structural and institutional racism, poverty, and deep power imbalances – through community-centered policy, systems, and environmental change approaches. Continue reading
Thanks to our partners at MassMobility, the Healthy Aging Collaborative is passing on a new funding stream from MassDOT, which announced a new workforce transportation funding opportunity, with applications due September 27. Continue reading