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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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