ELLSWORTH and Portland — Grants of up to $2,500 are available through the Maine Community Foundation to help communities be more supportive of older people’s health, well-being, and ability to age in the community.

The grants will support community planning and development and implementation of programs that increase opportunities for people over 60 to stay in their communities as they age.

“Any community that considers itself focused on helping older Mainers age in their communities may apply,” said Laura Lee, Maine Community Foundation senior program officer. Communities that are a part of AARP’s Network of Age Friendly Communities, the national Village to Village Network, Communities for All Ages, Livable Communities, and Dementia Friendly Community initiatives are also invited to apply.

The deadline for applications is Jan. 15, 2019. Grant awards will be announced in mid-March; grant-funded activities must beginafter April 1. For complete guidelines and priorities, and to apply online, visit: www.mainecf.org. If you have questions about eligibility and/or fit of your project, email Laura Lee at: [email protected], or call 412-0838.

A statewide organization headquartered in Ellsworth, with additional personnel in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. For questions or more information, visit: www.mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800.