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Grants to Minnesota Individuals, Organizations, and Communities for Programs to Benefit Elderly Residents

Age-Friendly Minnesota Technical Assistance Provider Grant

GrantWatch ID# 207548
Agency: State

Funding Source
Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Minnesota

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/20/23
Deadline: 02/06/23 10:00 AM CST

Grant Description
Grants to Minnesota individuals, organizations, and communities for programs and projects to benefit elderly residents throughout the state. Funding is intended for initiatives that contribute to age-friendly communities. Applicants may submit an application in one of the two following categories: Technical Assistance Provider (TAP) Grants and Community Grants.

The Age-Friendly Minnesota (AFMN) Council, in cooperation with the MN Department of Human Services, is offering Community Grants to help communities work on age-friendly projects and become better places for all Minnesotans to grow older.

AFMN Grant awards will fund efforts to create, improve, or expand innovative systems, programs, built environments, and other initiatives that contribute to age-friendly communities. 

Examples of eligible efforts include but are not limited to: conducting needs assessments; developing plans; implementing an age-friendly framework; community engagement; improvements to the built environment (such as sidewalks, public buildings, etc.); and research. 

The Funding Areas were noted by the Minnesota Legislature. The Funding Areas are interconnected; a single grant project may create benefits in more than one area.

a. Health and social services

b. Transportation access

c. Safe and affordable housing

d. Social connection and inclusion

e. Ageism and racism

f. Outdoor spaces and buildings 

g. Communications and access to technology  

h. Opportunities to stay engaged and financially secure

i. Emergency preparedness

The following approaches are examples of the types of activities that may be supported through the AFMN Grants. The approaches may be applied to any and all Funding Areas. 

  • Advancing equity
  • Access
  • Advocacy
  • Awareness/Communication
  • Coordination
  • Engagement
  • Policy
  • Programs/Activities
  • Research
  • Training/Education

Communities may also use funds to adopt and implement frameworks such as Age-Friendly Communities, Health Systems, Universities, or Public Health. Communities could also adopt other frameworks or processes to begin or expand age-friendly work.


Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Individuals, organizations, and communities (defined below) can apply for AFMN Community Grants to develop plans, policies, programs, and environments that promote the dignity, autonomy, and inclusion of older Minnesotans. This includes, but is not limited to, efforts to adopt and implement frameworks such as Age-Friendly Communities, Health Systems, Universities, or Public Health.

For examples of ineligible activities, see Page 10 of the RFP document listed in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A Virtual Grant Applicant Conference will serve as an opportunity for Applicants to ask specific questions of State staff concerning the project. Attendance at the Grant Applicant Conference is not mandatory but is recommended.

Grant Applicant Conference
Friday, January 20, 2023 9:00 a.m. CST

Pre-Application Information
Application deadline: Monday, February 6, 2023 by 10:00 a.m. CST

Deadline for written questions from Grant Applicants: Due by Monday, January 23, 2023 by 12:00 p.m. CST

Applicants are expected to be notified of their awards by April 12, 2023.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum Community Grant award may not exceed ninety-nine thousand dollars ($99,000).

Term of Contract
The term of the initial Community Grant period is anticipated to be from April 3, 2023 through March 31, 2024.

Contact Information
Complete applications should be sent via email to Brenda Mesaros at

Direct questions to the email address listed above.

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