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Bid Opportunities

See all current and past grant bid opportunities below:

MCOA is very excited to share the following Behavioral Health Grant Opportunities as the final FY23 budget has provided an additional $1.14 million dollars for Elder Mental Health programs!!

 

FY 23 RFP for new EMHOTs  and expansion of Existing EMHOTs!

MCOA continues to be committed to advancing the health and well-being of older adults through offering access to timely flexible behavioral health services.  Older adults are the population that is most seriously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore we are pleased to announce funding is available to fund new older adult behavioral health programs to strengthen the capacity of the Elder Mental Health Outreach Team (EMHOT) and Elder Mobile Outreach Team (EMOT) network that exists within the Aging Services Access Points and Councils on Aging.  This opportunity is open to member Councils on Aging, Aging Services Access Points, Area Agencies on Aging, other community-based human services organizations, and behavioral health providers. Read the full RFP here

Bidder’s Conference Registration

Intent to Bid Form

Submit a Proposal

 

FY23 RFP for Older Adult Behavioral Health Innovation!

Across the U.S., various issues, including workforce shortages and traditionally siloed care models, are impacting the ability of older adults to access behavioral health services. The intention of this RFP is to provide grant funding to explore and test innovations to deliver behavioral health services and supports to older adults in home and community-based settings despite limited workforce capacity and availability.

Additional objectives include learning from grant recipients’ innovation outcomes to inform behavioral health and aging services policy and to potentially replicate and scale promising practices.

This opportunity is funded by the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging (MCOA) through a contract with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) for the provision of behavioral health services for older adults in the Commonwealth.

Innovations may encompass early intervention, treatment, and/or continuing care. Innovations may also address a variety of conditions, including but not limited to, mental health conditions, substance use disorder, social isolation and loneliness.  Innovations may also aim to build or strengthen pathways between home and community-based settings and the behavioral health care system, including the recently designated Community Behavioral Health Centers (expected to begin operations in January 2023). Read the full RFP here

Bidder’s Conference Registration

Intent to Bid Form

Submit a Proposal

 

 

 

CLOSED – FY22 SIG Grant Field Demonstration Projects:

MCOA is seeking RFPs (Requests For Proposals) from COAs for initiatives prioritized by our Membership and approved by EOEA. These include:

  1. Development and implementation of Outreach and Marketing of your COA to older adults and caregivers
    1. Becoming the “Talk of the Town”.
    2. Educating and connecting Family Caregivers.
  2. Caregiver respite services or scholarships

All work must be completed by June 30, 2022.

Applications are due by 4 PM Wednesday January 5, 2022.  See the details about this opportunity and the application instructions in the RFP for how to submit an application

Read Full RFP

Bidders Conference Meeting Registration

Questions and Answers from Bidders’ Conference

Intent to Bid Form

Apply for Grant

 

Closed – Request for Proposal (RFP) to create a Walk Massachusetts Challenge website

With the success of past walking clubs and challenges, MCOA is expanding its walking initiatives. By the time we ramp up again in May 2022, we will have a dedicated website where all participants not only register and track their progress, but also view leaderboards displaying individual and COA progress over time. Proposal submission deadline is November 12 with awards made by November 24. Program budgets to range approximately $10,000. Contact lynn@mcoaonline.com or tara@mcoaonline.com with questions.

RFP Walk Website

 

Closed – Request for Proposal to Establish New Elder Mental Health Outreach Team (EMHOT) or Elder Mobile Outreach Team (EMOT) Programs

MCOA continues to be committed to advancing the health and well-being of older adults through offering access to timely flexible behavioral health services.  Older adults are the population that is most seriously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore we are pleased to announce funding is available to fund new older adult behavioral health programs to strengthen the capacity of the Elder Mental Health Outreach Team (EMHOT) and Elder Mobile Outreach Team (EMOT) network that exists within the Aging Services Access Points and Councils on Aging.  This opportunity is open to member Councils on Aging, Aging Services Access Points, Area Agencies on Aging, other community-based human services organizations, and behavioral health providers. Semi-annual reporting is required of all programs, these reports must be submitted to EOEA. The first report covers the reporting period of July 1-December 31 and is due January 31; the second report covers the reporting period of January- June and is due July 31.

Definition of New Programs:

MCOA seeks the creation of new programs to strengthen the capacity of the Elder Mental Health Outreach Team (EMHOT) and Elder Mobile Outreach Team (EMOT) network. Specifically, to increase the network’s ability to provide behavioral health support in underserved communities.

Underserved communities may be defined as follows. Applicants must address at least one of these underserved communities in their response:

  • Rural areas and/or Gateway Cities
  • Racially and ethnically diverse older adults, including communities of color
  • Older adults who do not speak English as a first language
  • Geographic areas not-yet covered by an EMHOT or EMOT (see Appendix, Table 1)
  • Older adults who identify as LGBTQ+
  • Older adults living with disabilities (e.g., deaf or hard of hearing, blind or low vision)

Selected contractors will start new programs on December 1, 2021.  This timeline was established to allow for bidders to confirm local connections for partnership and referral, and to have sufficient time for program start-up.  Completed applications are due to MCOA by 10/13/21 and award notifications will be made by 10/22/21, contracts will be executed expeditiously for the December 1, 2021, start date.

Programs may be established by new organizations or existing EMHOTs or EMOTs. Funds may not be used to address existing EMHOT or EMOT program wait lists. Program budget requests may not exceed $75,000 for the initial period of performance (December 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022).

Read Full RFP

Bidders Conference Meeting Registration

FAQ from Bidder’s Conference

Intent to Bid Form

Apply for Grant

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Closed – FY21 SIG Grant: Living YOUR Best Life

MCOA is seeking proposals from COAs who want to conduct a ten week ‘Living YOUR Best Life’ Resiliency Training Course. Grants of to Bid$2,500 each will be awarded to 30 Councils on Aging. 

“Living YOUR Best Life”, is an expanded version of the ‘Live Your Life Well’ Resilience one-day training and is a 10-week program with one 1-hour class per week. The course is to be run by a facilitator, (could be a LICSW or other Behavioral Health provider but this is not required). The course contains 10 tools which are the foundation for the course, and programs can consider having a guest or expert speaker on some or all of the 10 tool topics.

MCOA will award grants through an open competitive application process. Grants will be made pending available funding from the Service Incentive Grant from Elder Affairs. Grant opportunities are available to all eligible COAs. Awards made will be announced by March 12, 2021, and projects can begin any time after the award is issued. The course must be completed by, and funds must be expended by June 30, 2021.

See full RFP

Submit a proposal

Budget Form (Word Doc)

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Closed – FY21 SIG Grants: Outreach Grants

Dementia Friendly Massachusetts – Outreach to the African American Community

MCOA is seeking RFPs (Requests For Proposals) from non-profit organizations to help in expanding outreach to individuals and caregivers in the African American community as a part of the Massachusetts Dementia Friendly Community Initiative.

All work must be completed by June 30, 2021.

Applications are due by 6 pm on February 12, 2021.  See the application instructions in the RFP for how to submit an application.

Questions? Contact Patty@mcoaonline.com.

Dementia Friendly Massachusetts – Outreach to the Chinese American Community

 MCOA is seeking RFPs (Requests For Proposals) from non-profit organizations to help in expanding outreach to individuals and caregivers in the Chinese American community as a part of the Massachusetts Dementia Friendly Community Initiative.

All work must be completed by June 30, 2021.

Applications are due by 6 pm on February 12, 2021.  See the application instructions in the RFP for how to submit an application.

Questions? Contact Patty@mcoaonline.com.

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Closed – FY21 SIG Grants: Field Demonstration Projects: Addressing Nutrition/Food Insecurity; Isolation and Loneliness; and Alternate Services for group respite

MCOA is seeking RFPs (Requests For Proposals) from COAs for three initiatives prioritized by our Membership and approved by EOEA. We will seek proposals for local solutions for:

  • Alternate Services for group respite, especially those who had been served through our Supportive Day Programs
  • Isolation and Loneliness,
  • Nutrition/Food Insecurity

We look to our members for creative solutions for these ongoing problems that have been compounded by COVID. All work must be completed by June 30, 2021.

Applications are due by 3 PM Friday February 26, 2021.  See the application instructions in the RFP for how to submit an application.

Budget Form (Word Doc)

Field Demonstration Project RFP Questions and Answers

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Past Fiscal Year Grant Opportunities

 

Massachusetts Councils
on Aging

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Easthampton, MA 01027
 
Telephone: 413-527-6425
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