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Project Rationale: (20 points maximum)
Extent to which the proposed project demonstrates a compelling need or opportunity for older adults through the arts.

Excellent (18-20 points) Average (13-17 points) Needs Improvement (0-12 points)
The proposed project:

  • Clearly identifies a compelling need or opportunity to promote healthy aging for older adults through the arts.
  • Clearly identifies the older adult population and/or reaches a diverse group of older adults in terms of income, ethnicity, geographic location (rural), and ability (physical, mental, and cognitive).
  • Clearly addresses accessibility to the program for all participants.
The proposed project:

  • Somewhat identifies a compelling need or opportunity to promote healthy aging for older adults through the arts.
  • Somewhat identifies the older adult population and/or reaches a diverse group of older adults in terms of income, ethnicity, geographic location (rural), and ability (physical, mental, and cognitive).
  • Somewhat makes accessibility to the program for all participants.
The proposed project:

  • Fails to identify a compelling need or opportunity to promote healthy aging for older adults through the arts.
  • Fails to identify the older adult population and/or reaches a diverse group of older adults in terms of income, ethnicity, geographic location (rural), and ability (physical, mental, and cognitive).
  • Fails to address accessibility for all program participants.

Project Design (20 points maximum)
Description of how the project will be implemented to achieve outcomes.

Excellent (18-20 points) Average (13-17 points) Needs Improvement (0-12 points)
The proposed project:

  • Cleary demonstrates experiences or opportunities for older adults that positively impact health & wellness; lifelong learning; increased positive attitudes toward aging; and/or connecting older adults to community.
  • Clearly makes art, artists, or culture integral project components and demonstrates desired outcomes through authentic incorporation of arts and culture into planning and implementation.
The proposed project:

  • Somewhat demonstrates experiences or opportunities for older adults that positively impact health & wellness; lifelong learning; increased positive attitudes toward aging; and/or connecting older adults to community.
  • Somewhat makes art, artists, or culture integral project components and demonstrates desired outcomes through authentic incorporation of arts and culture into planning and implementation.
The proposed project:

  • Demonstrates little or no experiences or opportunities for older adults that positively impact health & wellness; lifelong learning; increased positive attitudes toward aging; and/or connecting older adults to community.
  • Fails to make art, artists, or culture integral project components and demonstrates desired outcomes through
  • Fails to make art, artists, or culture integral project components and demonstrates desired outcomes through authentic incorporation of arts and culture into planning and implementation.

Project Outcomes (20 points maximum)
Extent to which the project aligns with project outcomes.

  • Health & Wellness– promotes interventions through the arts to improve health and well-being outcomes among older adults;
  • Lifelong learning and Engagement– promotes greater cognition and creativity through the arts among older adults by means of social engagement;
  • Increased positive attitudes/perceptions about aging – promotes older adulthood as the beginning of a life suited for productivity and purpose through the arts;
  • Connecting older adults to their communities – promotes ways of connecting older adults to the communities around them through the arts thereby reducing isolation and increasing social interaction.
Excellent (18-20 points) Average (13-17 points) Needs Improvement (0-12 points)
The proposed project:

  • Strongly demonstrates at least two (2) or more of the above outcomes.
  • Project goals and objectives are clearly specific, attainable, and measurable.
The proposed project:

  • Addresses at least one (1) or more of the above outcomes.
  • Project goals and objectives are moderately clear,   attainable, and measurable.
The proposed project:

  • Addresses none of the above outcomes and/or addresses them ineffectively.
  • Project goals and objectives are not specific, attainable, and measurable.

 

Community Support including Sustainability (20 points maximum)
Potential of project to demonstrate community support and sustainability.

Excellent (18-20 points) Average (13-17 points) Needs Improvement (0-12 points)
The applicant:

  • Clearly demonstrates the assembly of authentic cross-sector partnerships that could include aging, arts or cultural organizations, health & wellness, and/or other community partners.
  • Includes strong support and involvement from local aging, artists, arts & cultural organizations, health & wellness, and/or other community partners.
  • Clearly demonstrates it is a part of a long-term strategy with evidence that project will continue beyond this initial year of funding.
The applicant:

  • Moderately demonstrates the assembly of authentic cross-sector partnerships that could include aging, arts or cultural organizations, health & wellness, and/or other community partners.
  • Demonstrates moderate support and involvement from local aging, artists, arts & cultural organizations, health & wellness, and/or other community partners.
  • Somewhat demonstrates it is a part of a long term strategy with evidence that project will continue beyond this initial year of funding.
The applicant:

  • Demonstrates little or no assembly of authentic cross-sector partnerships that could include aging, arts or cultural organizations, health & wellness, and/or other community partners.
  • Demonstrates little or no support and involvement from local aging, artists, arts & cultural organizations, health & wellness, and/or other community partners.
  • Does not demonstrate it is a part of a long term strategy with no evidence that project will continue beyond this initial year of funding.

Capacity (10 points maximum)
Capacity of people and organizations to implement project.

Excellent (9-10 points) Average (6-8 points) Needs Improvement (0-5 points)
The applicant:

  • Clearly demonstrates capacity to implement and provide programming to older adults.
  • Clearly has people or personnel with defined roles and capacity to work with older adults.
The applicant:

  • Demonstrates adequate capacity to implement and provide programming to older adults.
  • Somewhat has people or personnel with defined roles and capacity to work with older adults.
The applicant:

  • Demonstrates very limited capacity in implementing and providing programming to older adults.
  • Has people or personnel with little to no defined roles and/or capacity to work with older adults.

 

 

Rural Impact (5 points maximum)
Evidence that project serves one or more communities in rural counties as defined by Rural Task Force.

Excellent (4-5 points) Average (2-3 points) Needs Improvement (0-1 points)
 

  • Project describes clear benefits for a rural community.
 

  • Project somewhat describes benefits for a rural community.
 

  • No or few benefits for a rural community are described.

Health & Wellness Impact (5 points maximum)
Evidence that project has health & wellness benefits for older adults.

Excellent (4-5 points) Average (2-3 points) Needs Improvement (0-1 points)
  • Proposal describes clear benefits for outcomes with a health & wellness impact on older adults including increased access to and utilization of physical activity resources.
  • Proposal somewhat describes benefits for outcomes with a health & wellness impact on older adults including increased access to and utilization of physical activity resources.
  • No or few benefits for outcomes with a health & wellness impact on older adults are evident including increased access to and utilization of physical activity resources.


A total of 100 points are available.

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