Community AGEnda Initiative Enters Third Year with $1.49M Grant from Pfizer Foundation
Grantmakers In Aging (GIA), a national association of funders, and the Pfizer Foundation announced a third year of funding for the Community AGEnda Initiative to help American communities become more age-friendly, meaning great places to grow up and grow old. The Pfizer Foundation has granted GIA $1.49 million, from which the five participating Community AGEnda communities, in Maricopa County, Arizona; Miami-Dade County, Florida; metro Atlanta, Georgia; the state of Indiana; and the greater Kansas City region will each receive $120,000. Each site will also be required to raise at least $40,000 in local matching funds.
In Indiana, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance will partner with the Center on Aging and Community at Indiana University to strengthen the statewide Lifelong Indiana Coalition; develop private sector initiatives for age- and ability-friendly housing options and economic opportunities in the city of Bloomington and along its B-line Trail; work with at least five Indiana community foundations to raise funds for future age-friendly activities; and create opportunities for five youth philanthropy programs (housed at community foundations) to engage older adults in their philanthropic programs.
Community AGEnda grantees in Arizona and Indiana will work together to explore approaches to helping rural communities become more age-friendly through local engagement and collaboration, and will receive $37,000 to identify and share promising practices in both states through an active learning network, site visits, a sister-city project, and an age-friendly community competition.