Age-Friendly Mini-Grants 2020

About the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative

The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative is a collaborative, collective impact effort to make Miami-Dade a place for older adults of all ages to stay active and healthy with dignity and enjoyment. We work with community residents, leaders, stakeholders, organizations, and municipalities toward a more age-friendly community.

About the Age-Friendly Mini-Grant Program

The Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative is proud to announce it’s third Age-Friendly Mini-Grant Program. The goal of the mini-grant program is to jump-start age-friendly projects across the County. In 2017, the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative and partners conducted surveys of age-friendliness. Urgent areas identified in the surveys for action included the domains related to Housing, Transportation, Civic Participation & Employment, and Community Support & Health Services. Projects will be considered in any age-friendly domain, but especially in those most urgent areas. Applications are now open until December 18, 2020.

The Initiative will grant five (5) $2,500 mini-grants to selected eligible projects. Each project must (1) target a specific community, group or neighborhood that will benefit from the project; (2) have an older adult focus; and (3) focus on a specific age-friendly domain or domains that were identified to be urgent areas for implementation.
See below for some ideas for potential projects, we encourage you to be creative!
HOUSING
Update a local public building with an ADA compliant or accessible feature to make it accessible to everyone.
• Create a voluntary incentive and recognition program to encourage builders to construct housing that meets Universal Design or Visitability standards within a municipality.
• Create a roommate board/posting system for older adults who may be looking to rent a space or find a roommate.
TRANSPORTATION
Conduct an age-friendly walking assessment with the community around a street near a senior building and coordinate with public works or appropriate entities to address
• Host a transit training for residents to learn how to use the bus, metro, or trolley in a particular area.
• Pilot an open streets day for residents to connect and walk or bike in their community with a special emphasis on age-friendly.
• Develop a walking map of things to see in your city including route that has safe sidewalks for older adults to utilize.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT & HEALTH SERVICES
• Create a page or calendar of local health events, programs, and resources for residents.
• Support supplies for a community garden so residents can have access to healthy foods and interact with the community in the process.
• Support the training of staff members to better address older adults’ needs.
EMPLOYMENT
Host an “Encore” career day or job fair for older adults.
• Create a local job board for nearby businesses looking for employees.
• Market local co-working spaces and services for older adults who may not know about opportunities to utilize them.
• Support computer or software classes for older adult residents to gain new skills.

Mini-Grant Program Requirements, Eligibility & Important Dates

To apply, please complete the application below. Applications will be reviewed based on creativity, need, potential for successful implementation, and sustainability. Recipients will receive technical assistance for implementation and will be asked to attend at least one Age-Friendly Initiative meeting to talk about their project.
To be eligible to apply, applicant must be a non-profit organization, for-profit company, municipality, agency, or local organization with a great project idea.
Please note the following important dates and deadlines:
  • December 18, 2020 – Mini-grant Application Submission Deadline
  • End of January 2021 – Notification of winners & MOUs will be Provided to Recipients
  • February-July 2021 – Mini-Grant Implementation
  • April 2021 – Check-In Update Due
  • August 13, 2021 – Mini-Grant Recipient Reports Due

Lead Agencies

Our partners include the following lead agencies: AARP Florida, Alliance for Aging, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization, United Way of Miami-Dade, and Urban Health Partnerships.

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