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Expanding Engagement Grant Opportunity

Would you like to expand social engagement opportunities for Boston's older adults to reduce social isolation?

Through the Expanding Engagement Grant, the City of Boston’s Age Strong Commission seeks to fund projects that are expanding social engagement programming and outreach to older adults. The goal of this grant program is to leverage existing community trust and foster a sense of community within each neighborhood. Grants will be made to ensure high-quality social engagement programs are accessible to older adults in every corner of Boston.  

Below, you will find information about the grant’s intent, application process, and more. 

About the Grant

  • Expanding social engagement programming for older adults in underserved communities
  • Serving new consumers who are not already being served by an existing social engagement program offered by the applicant’s organization   
  • Supporting recently started or new social engagement programs
About the Grant 

Funding Source: City Operating Budget

Total Amount Available: $500,000

Grant Period: April 2024 - April 2025

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 29, 5 p.m.

Grant Range: See below for details:

Grant Eligibility 

Grant applicants must:

  • be a Boston-based nonprofit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization or have an official fiscal sponsor
  • work with, or on behalf of older adults or multiple generations in Boston
  • be in good financial standing 
  • have capacity to successfully implement programming that supports community connections (i.e., number of staff, staff experience, staff time, resources)

Age Strong is interested in supporting grassroots nonprofits and organizations/groups whose work contributes to a more engaged and healthy Boston by building community.

Level 1 Grants: Up to $9,999

With Level 1 grants, we aim to fund social engagement groups and projects that are small in scale. These might include senior housing buildings, faith-based senior groups, and senior-led clubs, etc. seeking to expand programming through items, such as bus transportation, entertainment, and food for gatherings.

Level 2 Grants: $10,000-$19,999

With Level 2 grants, we aim to fund recently-started or new social engagement projects and programs to support further stabilization of the work. These grants could also include the expansion of existing programming to new, previously unserved individuals.

Level 3 Grants: $20,000 To $50,000

With Level 3 grants, we aim to fund recently-started or new social engagement programs in need of acceleration and broad expansion. 

How to Apply

All grant applications and required documents are due Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 5 p.m. (EST). No extensions will be granted. 

Apply Now 

Info Session

The Age Strong Commission held an information session for those interested in applying on Thursday, February 8, at 11 a.m.

View a recording of the information session

Read the FAQs

Applicants will be notified in April 2024


Important Dates 
Event  Date

Applications Open

February 2, 2024

View a recording of the info session

Read the FAQs

February 8, 2024, at 11 a.m.

Applications Close

February 29, 2024, 5 p.m. EST

Applicants Notified April 2024
Grant Project Period  April 2024-April 2025


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