Northland Foundation Rural Aging Initiatives

Rural Aging Initiative

From January 2017 through December 2019, the Northland Foundation undertook Phase II of the Rural Aging Initiative to strengthen capacity among nonprofit and community-based services, and promote collaboration and innovation to help older adults in our region to age in place. For more information about the Rural Aging Initiative, please contact Zane Bail, Director of Development and Special Projects at the Northland Foundation.

The components of Phase II were as follows.

  • Capacity Building which included training, funding awards, and peer learning was provided to 18 nonprofit aging services organizations in the region.
  • Civic Engagement and Social Connectedness among older adults was enhanced through support for the region's 18 AGE to age: bringing generations together sites.
  • The Aging Innovation Program spurred creative approaches to helping older adults age in place with independence and purpose in rural communities and Tribal Nations through competitive, strategic, and targeted grants.      

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