Community AGEnda initiative, Year 3

Services: Data analysis, Policy analysis, Facilitation and mediation, Program evaluation, Strategic planning

Research Areas: Land Use & Environment, Housing & Community Development

This project is a continuation of the age- and ability-planning work with the IU Center on Aging and Community and the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (formerly the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance). The work is made possible through funding from the national Grantmakers in Aging Foundation. Institute responsibilities during the third year of this project include the following:

1. Engage the government, private and civil sectors to advance Bloomington's efforts to become more age and ability friendly.

a. Government - Impact the planning process surrounding Bloomington's Growth Policy Plan (GPP) to include the B-Line Trail as a designated sub-area of the plan.

b. Private - Demonstrate movement towards the development of age and ability friendly housing options and economic opportunities in Bloomington and along the B-Line Trail.

c. Civil - Demonstrate clear civil sector support for private and government sector efforts to make Bloomington more age and ability friendly.

2. Strengthen the statewide infrastructure to create and support age and ability friendly communities (AAFCs) within Indiana.

a. Work through the Lifelong Indiana Coalition to accomplish workgroup goals as well as administer an ongoing catalytic project designed to highlight and network Indiana communities creating AAFCs.

b. Explore the possibility of a shared pool of funds to support the development of age and ability friendly communities.

3. Inspire Indiana community foundations to raise endowed funds to support the development of age and ability friendly communities.

a. Create a cohort of five Indiana community foundations which will raise funds to endow an aging field of interest fund within their foundations.

b. Create opportunities for five youth philanthropy programs to engage senior citizens in theirphilanthropic projects.

John Marron
  • John Marron, AICP
  • Senior Policy Analyst
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