Age-Friendly: Go Local Request for Proposals

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Building Neighborhoods Where People of All Ages Can Thrive

The Health Foundation for Western & Central New York invites proposals from grassroots organizations and community groups who are working to build livable, age-friendly neighborhoods. Age-Friendly: Go Local will support initiatives that are built on the key principles of age-friendliness, livability, and equity to improve the lives and health of residents in their communities.

View the full Request for Proposals, including information on how to apply, here.

Questions? Read our FAQ here – updated with new information on November 3, 2022.

Deadline for Submission:
Monday, November 7, 2022

All application materials should be submitted to GOLOCAL@NYAM.ORG.

For those who are interested in applying, but would like to learn more, watch our Q&A webinar.

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What does “age-friendly” mean?
The age-friendly communities framework maintains that the quality and availability of certain features of a neighborhood—the “Eight Domains of Livability”—are closely tied to the well-being of older adults and others who live there. Age-friendly environments are accessible, equitable, inclusive, safe, secure, and supportive, and promote health and prevent or delay the onset of disease and functional decline.

What is Age-Friendly: Go Local, and who should apply?
Age-Friendly: Go Local is an initiative of the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York in partnership with the New York Academy of Medicine to advance the age-friendly framework and improve the lives of older adults and others at a hyper-local, neighborhood level.

We are seeking to partner with local grassroots organizations and community groups who are leading or planning initiatives to improve livability in specific neighborhoods or communities, especially those that face significant health disparities. Projects should be based on the eight domains of livability as defined by the World Health Organization. Some examples of age-friendly projects could be: making a neighborhood safer for cycling or walking; bringing neighbors together to combat social isolation; or improving access to transportation.

 Applicants should:

  • Operate within one or more of the 16 counties the Health Foundation serves.

  • Be a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status or affiliated with one who can receive and manage grant funds on their behalf. If you need help connecting with a 501(c)3, we can assist you.

  • Have an organizational focus on serving older adults, people of color, other under-resourced groups, and/or those living in rural communities.

Age-Friendly: Go Local is also intended to serve populations that may not be defined by a common geography, but face common system-driven disparities, including LGBTQ+ older adults, indigenous communities, immigrants and refugees, and others.

Funds may not be used to support mergers and acquisitions, building or capital projects, drug development, or direct grants to individuals.

Funding Levels
Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded for early stage or exploratory projects.
Grants up to $25,000 will be awarded for established projects or those that are ready to

View the full Request for Proposals, including information on how to apply, here.

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