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AARP Massachusetts Announces Grant Funding through new "Small Dollar, Big Impact" Grant program


Social Isolation has reached epidemic proportions and has a negative impact on our emotional and physical health. 

AARP Massachusetts is offering $1,000 grants for up to 10 non-profit or ad hoc organizations in the state through its "Small Dollar, Big Impact" grant program. The AARP Massachusetts Small Dollar, Big Impact grants will fund selected initiatives that recognize the assets and opportunities of our aging population with projects aimed at enhancing social connectivity for community residents to live, work, and play. 

The application period for the grant will run from April 1, 2022 until May 15, 2022. Awards will be announced on June 1, 2022. The grant program is open to organizations and grassroots ad hoc groups and involves a very brief online application process.  Awards from the AARP Massachusetts Small Dollar, Big Impact Grant program may be used to fund either a portion of an existing project or the entirety of the project submitted to AARP in the Small Dollar, Big Impact Grant application.

Grant recipients must complete the project for which the grant was awarded within 90 days of the announcement of the grant award.

The grant program is open to the following types of entities:

  • 501(C)(3), 501(C)(4) and eligible 501(c)(6) nonprofits (determined on a case-by-case basis)
  • Government entities
  • Ad hoc community group with a 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(4) nonprofit fiscal agent 
  • Must be located within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

These grants are intended to support local response to enhancing the lives to those aged 50+ and support the resilience of communities by addressing Loneliness and Social Isolation. Priority will be given to eligible non-profit organizations and grassroots groups that aim to improve this initiative and heighten social connections in one or more of the following “Eight Domains of Livability,” which include:

  • Outdoor Spaces and Public Places
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social Participation
  • Respect and Social Inclusion
  • Work and Civic Engagement
  • Communication and Information
  • Community and Health Services

The following projects are NOT eligible for funding:

  • Partisan, political or election-related activities
  • Planning activities and assessments and surveys of communities with follow-up action
  • Publication of books or reports
  • Acquisition of land and/or buildings
  • Sponsorships of other organizations’ events or activities
  • Research and development for a nonprofit endeavor
  • Research and development for a for-profit endeavor
  • The promotion of a for-profit entity and/or its products and services
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