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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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