MCOA Bid Opportunities

Assistive Listening Systems – RFP

We are reoffering the opportunity for Councils on Aging (COAs) to purchase assistive listening systems at a deep discount to ensure COA activities are accessible for hard of hearing visitors, staff and volunteers.   We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to purchase at a steeply discounted price assistive listening systems that will help you purchase ALS equipment at 25% of the retail cost.   Funding from the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs via the Service Incentive Grant of FY18 is making this large subsidy possible.

Read the full RFP

Apply Here

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50+ Job Seekers Networking Groups FY19 – RFP

MCOA seeks proposals from COAs who want to become a host site for the 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Groups program. MCOA grants invest in projects for several reasons, including: to provide seed grants for starting creative, innovative services; to encourage regional collaboration between Councils on Aging and/or other organizations in delivering vital services not yet available currently; and/or to help COAs meet core administrative and/or programmatic needs.

The program presented in this RFP is the 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Groups described below. We will award preference to bids from COAs located in the following counties: Norfolk, Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Hampden, Hampshire, or Franklin County. [Please note that bids from COAs that are not located in the counties stated above are encouraged to apply and will be considered.]

Read the full RFP

Sign up for the Bidder’s Conference Call at 3pm on June 7

Apply Here

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Go4Life Family Fun Walk RFP

We encourage all COAs with or without walking clubs to host a community walking event/celebration during September 2018. This year’s events will have the theme of Go4Life Family Fun Walk.

We are offering grants to all Councils on Aging on a first-come, first-served basis; however, those with existing Walking Clubs will be given priority. The grant will provide $300 to COAs to help with costs related to organizing a Go4Life Family Fun Walk in September. MCOA is able to offer programs due to the financial support it receives from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Read the full RFP

Apply Here

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Dementia and Age-Friendly Capacity Building Grants – Closed

The Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA) is pleased to announce it is seeking applications for funding of Dementia and Age-Friendly Capacity Building Grants. The MCOA is using state Service Incentive Grant for SFY’18 from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to provide direct grants to COAs who want to undertake 1 of 2 goals:

1)  To learn what their community residents’ opinions are about what their community needs to become more age friendly; or

2)  To prepare to undertake a large-scale community-wide DF education effort by procuring outreach materials needed for upcoming work over the next 12 months.

Both efforts need to have a work plan that meets the following criteria:

  1. It is aimed at reaching diverse groups of residents – diverse in race, language, age, gender, etc.
  2. It will include the participation of people who live in diverse neighborhoods, housing stock and will work in multiple business sectors of the community (as showcased in Dementia Friendly America materials).
  3. The AF assessment activity must include questions for community members about what they think would make their communities more dementia-friendly, too. This is required to underscore that an age friendly community plans for the needs of people living with ADRD and their caregivers, too.
  4. Applicants must be able to use all funds before Friday, June 29, 2018; and provide a 2-page final report by Friday, July 15, 2018.

Full RFP for AF DF Capacity Building Grants

Application

Budget DF-AF Capacity Building-2018 SIG Grant (Word Doc)

Questions and Answers

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ACL Caregiver Respite and Support Services – RFP – Closed

Request for Proposals to Operate a Pilot Showcasing Caregiver Respite and Support Services that Help Caregivers of People Living with Dementia

Funding Opportunity:

MCOA seeks bids from community agencies who want to build up multiple caregiver respite and support services within their community.  MCOA is committed to protecting the health and well-being of the caregivers of people living with dementia.  Also, we are committed to ensuring that equitable access to caregiver respite and support services are provided to diverse socio-economic, minority and cultural groups in Massachusetts.

Project Goal:

Using project funding MCOA received from the United States Administration for Community Living, our goal is to demonstrate over a 27-month period, through the work of 10 pilots, that local municipal, social and civic organizations, their staff and members, can join forces to offer greater access to a robust, regular array of respite services to help caregivers of people living with dementia maintain their mental and physical health.

Also, these pilot programs will seek to reverse social patterns of friends and acquaintances withdrawing socially from caregivers and people living with dementia as dementia advances.  To do so, pilot partners will offer encouragement to people within the caregivers ‘social circles and membership organizations to offer help via respite to their friends and acquaintances who are caregivers of someone living with dementia.  In addition, pilot partners will agree to promote and publicize information about myriad social outings and welcoming venues so caregivers will more easily be able to identify social activities for themselves and their family member or friend living with dementia.

Should there be any updates to the RFP they will be posted here, so please check back often.

  • RFP Detail: ACL RPF
  • If you have any questions regarding this RFP, please sign up for the Bidder’s Conference March 27 at 10am, Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Road, Floor 3, Waltham MA: Bidder’s Conference Registration: Bidder’s Conference Registration
  • You are also able to post questions.  Please use the form here to submit and check back here early next week for responses.
  • Please complete this form to let us know your intent to bid due April 18, 2018: Intent to Bid
  • Please upload your proposal here due May 4, 2018 no later than 4:00 pm: ACL Proposals
  • Awards will be made by May 28th.

Q and A for Potential Bidders from Q posed via Bidder’s Conference and On line

Memory Café Toolkit published in Spanish and English

There are friendly URLs for accessing the English and Spanish editions of the Memory Café Toolkit — go to:

www.jfcsboston.org/MemoryCafeToolkit    and   www.jfcsboston.org/GuiaCafeDeMemoria

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Walking Clubs – Closed

We are offering grants to Councils on Aging who want to launch new Walking Clubs. The grant will provide $600 to COAs to pay a monthly $50 stipend to a volunteer walking group leader who will start and lead a new walking group. The grant period is May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019. We seek to sponsor up to 30 new walking club sites.
MCOA will award grants through an open competitive process. Grant opportunities are available to COAs who are both members of MCOA and up to date on MCOA dues through the current state fiscal year.
MCOA is able to offer programs due to the financial support it receives from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

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Falls Prevention – RFP – CLOSED

We are pleased to offer grants to Councils on Aging for Falls Prevention programs. MCOA is able to offer programs from a grant award received from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs for the purpose of:

  • providing seed money to COAs to offer Falls Prevention classes for local residents, up to 25 towns at $1000;
  • providing money to COAs to purchase small exercise equipment to be used in Falls Prevention classes, up to a total of $1000.
  • Note: You may apply for both of the above; however, understand that the grant amount is $1000 in total.

The grant period will be April 16, 2018 to June 30, 2018.  NOTE:  All monies must be spent by June 30, 2018.  MCOA will award grants through an open, competitive application process. Grant opportunities are available to all eligible COAs. Eligibility includes being a member of MCOA and being up to date on MCOA dues through the current state fiscal year.

To apply, complete the application online at: 2018 Falls Prevention Program application  Applications must be completed by March 30, 2018.

See Full Grant RFP

Toolkit Falls Prev Exercise Class 2018

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EMHOT – RFP -CLOSED

MCOA is committed to advancing the health and well-being of older adults through offering access to timely flexible mental health services.  The regional Elder Mental Health Outreach Teams (EMHOT) assess older adults for mental illnesses, provide direct counseling to some individuals, facilitate connections to primary care providers and essential social services, and lend support to other municipal staff so they can improve their Interactions with individuals in the community.

This opportunity is open to Aging Services Access Points, non-profit human services providers, mental health providers, and Councils on Aging who are members of MCOA.

Should there be any updates to the RFP they will be posted here, so please check back often.

 

There are several exciting direct grant opportunities coming up — MCOA will release several Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for COAs to consider. Notice of the RFP’s will be sent to you via MCOA’s Weekly Briefs. These funding opportunities will help COAs offer new services and increase their capacity to serve older adults. Please read the summaries of these opportunities, below.

Letter Announcing Upcoming RFP for CY2018

Grants will be made through an open competitive application process and are subject to available funding.  Grant opportunities are available to all COAs who are up to date on MCOA dues through the current state fiscal year. You will have between 8 -10 weeks to review the RFP, talk with your regional peers to learn of their interest in collaborating with you on a regional basis, and develop your proposal.