Policy and Advocacy

Engaging in policy and advocacy is essential to building healthy communities. As communities work on age-friendly ideas that are relevant to them, the Foundation will support efforts that are inclusive, collaborative, address quality of life, and improve conditions for all across the lifespan. One aging framework we use is that of the World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities initiative. Policy and Advocacy initiatives we will consider recognize the essential components that make up community wellbeing. They include:

  • Built environment
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Social and civic participation and inclusion
  • Employment
  • Communication and information
  • Community support and health services

Proposals should include:

  • Community/civic engagement of diverse stakeholders in communities to mobilize and affect change
  • Participation among key stakeholders, including the voice of older adults, to support planning, policy and advocacy initiatives
  • Expanded access to programs and services as well as system change/improvement
Community and Civic Engagement

The Foundation will support nonprofits that address or support issues/actions that lead to changes in the communities they serve. Activities can include (1) convening diverse stakeholders, (2) planning, and (3) engaging in policy activities that can lead to healthy communities and age-friendly cities.

Access to Programs and Services

Improved access to the programs and services that make a community thrive — transportation, housing, food access, etc.— for all members of a community, including older people, will lead to a better quality of life. Policies and initiatives that connect community members of all ages to services lead to vibrant and healthy outcomes. More information and greater awareness about how older people can participate in improving their lives, health, and wellbeing is also necessary. The Foundation will support activities that improve access.