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Unique Grants To Benefit Seniors

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 @ 09:01 AM

senior menWhen most people hear “grants for seniors,” they immediately think of grants to start a new senior center or grants to improve activities in senior homes. Such grants abound, and there’s no doubt that offering varied activities in senior homes benefits residents. However, there are also many others ways to enhance the lives of seniors. Here are a few grant opportunities that benefit seniors in unique ways.

Help Seniors Learn: A New Definition for “Senior in College”
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation has provided over $2.6 million to colleges and universities that help women over 25 finish their Bachelor’s degrees. Any four-year college or university may apply for funding.  For information on the application process and deadlines, contact the foundation by phone (609-924-7022) or email (info@newcombefoundation.org).

Help Seniors Remember the Good Times
According to The Alzheimer's Association, “one in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's dementia.” Since 1982, the Alzheimer Association’s International Research Grant Program has provided $435 million dollars in grants to institutions whose research projects help the global community learn more about this disease and improve treatment and care options for afflicted individuals. The application guidelines and deadlines vary, so please visit the Association’s grant page to learn more about the research grants to which you’d like to apply.

Help Seniors Feel Like a Child Again
Over the last several years, many new and innovative initiatives have been trending to help provide more companionship for elderly people living in senior homes. The Intergenerational Learning Center in Seattle’s Mount Saint Vincent Care Center for seniors is just one example of a trend to help connect the youngest and oldest members of society by placing a daycare within a senior center. Senior homes can therefore partner with existing or aspiring daycares and preschools to apply for educational grants, such as the Lego Community Fund grant.

Help Stop Senior Hunger at Home
Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable to hunger issues. Financial constraints, physical ailments, and lack of transportation are just a few of the issues common among older adults that lead to food insecurity. To support these groups in need, many community organizations around the country provide home-delivered meal service to senior citizens and/or people who are homebound. While there are some governmental grant programs to help fund meal delivery initiatives, many businesses have also stepped up to provide grants in this area. Ameriprise and Walmart are two such examples.  

 

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Grants for Older Americans

Posted by Mary Ross on Thu, Mar 5, 2015 @ 13:03 PM

According to the U.S. census, “…by 2029, when all of the baby boomers will be 65 years and Older Americans resized 600over, more than 20 percent of the total U.S. population will be over the age of 65” (www.census.gov). With the growth of this population comes an increased need for elder care—from health care, to in-home visits, to housing. Continuing in our serious of special interest groups, we now offer some suggestions regarding grants for older Americans. We’ll start off with a grant tip we’ve found useful:

 

 

So, for example, if you are located in Chicago and seek grants to support, say, geriatric advocacy efforts, Google “older adult advocacy grants Chicago.”  The Chicago-based Retirement Research Foundation (which funds more than research) floats to the top two spots.  If you’re in Denver, substitute “Denver” for “Chicago” and the Rose Community Foundation takes over the top two spots.

Local support notwithstanding, we highlight here four grants for the aging population that are national in scope (although the Weinberg Foundation does give preference to the “hometown communities” of Baltimore, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Hawaii). Note that these funding opportunitities aren’t all restricted to older adults.  Many serve larger, more general audiences such as “people in need.”  Furthermore, some are oriented more toward the program (e.g., housing) than the target population.  All of which brings up two more tips:

 

 

The grants highlighted below follow that last tip.  These organizations are not limited to supporting older adults per se, but do offer grants addressing the needs of mature clientele.

Health and Independence: Offering grants of up to $100,000, the Henry E. Niles Foundation, Inc. supports “people in need.” This includes programs that support the health and independence of aging Americans. The Niles Foundation specifically likes to support programs that work together with other organizations, so you might consider what other organizations in your community are working toward a common goal. There is no specific application date—meetings are held monthly to determine the status of new applications.

In Home Visits: The Omron Foundation, Inc. helps support programs such as Meals on Wheels that provide in-home care to the elderly. The Omron Foundation, Inc. supports programs providing basic human needs—food, clothing, and shelter. In 2014, more than $630,000 was given by this foundation. Applications can be submitted via email throughout the year and grants of more than $100,000 at a time have been awarded.

Housing: One foundation that specifically targets older adults is The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc. Providing grants for up to 30% of total costs, this foundation is concerned not only with elderly care, but with helping aging adults to live dignified lives. It is, therefore, interested in supporting programs working in low-income areas. This support can be granted to community building projects, housing repair, senior centers, rehabilitation centers, and the like. Grant proposals are taken at any time, and a letter of interest is required first. In 2014, the Weinberg Foundation gave $102 million in grants.

All of the Above: The Fred & Jean Allegretti Foundation states that their goal is “to provide a quality of life and dignity through humanitarian support, medical treatment, housing, education, and the arts.” The Fred & Jean Allegretti Foundation has a history of supporting programs for the elderly. The Foundation is accepting letters of interest through May 31st. In 2010, the Foundation awarded the H.O.M.E. program (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly) $15,000.

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