SPRINGWELL AS AN AREA AGENCY ON AGING

The U.S. Administration for Community Living (the ACL, formerly the Administration on Aging) has developed a nationwide network of State and local Area Agencies on Aging to plan, coordinate and develop community-level systems of services that meet the unique needs of individual older persons and their caregivers. In Massachusetts, the State Unit on Aging is the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA). Elder Affairs oversees and coordinates the efforts of the 22 local Area Agencies on Aging statewide.

AREA PLAN ON AGING

As an Area Agency on Aging (AAA), Springwell works to heighten awareness among other agencies, organizations, groups and the public about the needs of older people, and to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them. Springwell endeavors to address the needs of all seniors and family caregivers in our area. We make special efforts to reach and prioritize the delivery of services to the following populations:

  • Elders who Live Alone (Isolated)
  • Low Income Elders
  • Minority Elder Populations
  • Socially Isolated Populations (including limited English-proficient elders and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders).

We do this by advocating for seniors, family caregivers and their concerns, directly providing some services such as nutrition and in-home services, and ensuring that other critical services such as transportation and legal advice
are available through contracts with and grants to other agencies.

As a federally-designated Area Agency on Aging, Springwell is charged with creating a published plan for the cities of Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, and Weston to address the needs of seniors; and ensuring that service needs identified in the plan are provided.

Download the complete Area Plan here.

COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM

Springwell provides the opportunity to submit a proposal for funding under Title III-B of the Older Americans Act for certain services.

Download the complete list of current grantees here. (pdf)

May 12, 2021 – Springwell invites you to submit a proposal for funding under Title III-B and Title III-D of the Older Americans Act for legal assistance, outreach assistance for elders with limited English proficiency, programs for LGBTQ+ elders, learning and development to provide educational programs for the utilization of digital technology, evidence based services, transportation to medical appointments or home-based mental health services. Title III-B and Title III-D awards will be made for federal fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022). Award contracts are renewable for one additional year, contingent on availability of federal funds and satisfactory program performance. Approximate Title III-B and Title III-D funds available: $190,000

The Request for Proposals (RFP) information package that includes: the letter of intent, the guidelines for distribution of funds, award information and requirements, instructions for completing the proposal and all required forms, can be downloaded from this website (see links below, 4 documents in total – 3 of them are provided in 2 different formats for your convenience).

Springwell Title III FFY21 RFP for FFY22 Funding:

A Letter of Intent must be received by Springwell no later than June 1, 2021 by 5pm (electronic or hard copy).

Completed proposals must be received no later than June 11, 2021 by 5pm (hard copy only).

Springwell is a member of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.