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Grants for Senior Citizen Programs

Wed, Sep 3, 2014 @ 11:09 AM / by Michelle Hansen

People aged 65 or older numbered 39.6 million in 2009 (the latest year for which data are available), according to the Administration on Aging. They (thesenior citizens elderly, not the AoA) represented 12.9% of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons. With such a large influx in older Americans, there will be a greater demand for services ranging from education to basic necessities to social needs. Below is a list of grants that fund these areas, handpicked just for you.                             

AARP Foundation Grants Program

501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, including municipalities, community based organizations, or educational entities, may apply for funding from the AARP Foundation Grants Program. Eligible projects must help people aged 50 or older and may range from basic education programs to social and behavioral programs. AARP Foundation opens its grant application window several times throughout the year through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Though there is no open program currently, it is expected one will be announced shortly. There is no maximum or minimum grant amount through this program. 

Transportation for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities

Each state is a direct recipient of funds from this Federal Transit Administration grant program. Funds are apportioned based on each state’s share of population for these groups of people. Non-profit groups hoping to help meet the transportation needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities in areas where the service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs should contact their state transportation office to inquire about these funds. There is a 20 percent local match required for this grant program.

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.

The Older Adults program is the single largest grant making area from this Foundation. Even better: there are no deadlines, and the Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOI) on a rolling basis and reviews them weekly. There are several different categories of grant making in this program. These include grants for residential care facilities, such as nursing homes or assisted living residences that are aiming to make their facilities more “home-like.” The Foundations also funds home repair and home modification services for older adults. Community-based facilities, like senior centers and adult day program sites, are also a funded area. Elder homelessness, elder abuse emergency services, caregiver support, promotion of professional long-term care workforce, and economic security programs for seniors are also eligible for consideration for funding. Non-profit organizations and municipalities are eligible to apply.

Verizon Foundation

Grants from the Verizon Foundation go to support organizations that help healthcare providers, patients, and care-givers to create innovative care models, enabling seniors with chronic disease to stay within their home as long as possible. Applications are accepted through October 10, 2014. Any organization that has received its 501(c)(3) from the IRS as well as governmental agencies are eligible to apply. The average grant size is between $5,000 and $10,000.


While not necessarily a grant, here’s an interesting program for senior citizens:

Silver Scholars

The Americorps Silver Scholars Program grant was established by Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act for adults over the age of 55. For every 350 service hours, the senior receives a $1,000 education award. The program is especially unique because the grant money can be transferred to the recipients’ child or grandchild.


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