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Grants for Seniors:  Helping Local Government Meet the Challenge

by Sherie Sanders on June 26, 2017
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Mature-Students-In-An-Article-About-Grants-for-SeniorsBy 2030, one in five U.S. residents will be 65 or over. This will put us in new territory, not only in terms of sheer numbers, but because today's seniors are not your grandparent's grandparents. As the Governing article States, Local Governments Prepare for An Aging Population points out, older Americans are forging new patters. For instance, due to lack of sufficient savings, more plan to work longer, even if part time. Many will forgo the lure of warmer climes to stay in the neighborhoods they call home. Rather than relying on old playbooks, novel solutions will have to be developed to meet the needs of a shifting society redefining what it means to grow older. Below are three upcoming grants that provide resources to address the challenges faced by a growing senior in the areas of: elder justice, fire and fall risk reduction, caregiving and quality of life.


Elder Justice Innovation Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created the Administration for Community Living to increase the independence and well-being of older adults and people with disabilities across their lifespans. It is offering Elder Justice Innovation Grants because it recognizes that emerging demographics also means emerging issues. The purpose of the program is to advance the body of knowledge in elder justice and establish benchmarks for adult maltreatment prevention through evidence-based practice. There are three options:

  • Option 1 - Responses to reduce harm for those who have experienced maltreatment;
  • Option 2 - Adult maltreatment outcome analysis of large data sets that give insight into individual's experience of maltreatment and adult protective services;
  • Option 3 - Administration promising practices in regard to Adult Protective Services.

Applying for the Program

Eligible applicants are Native American tribes and tribal organizations, state and local governments, academic institutions, and nonprofits. Apply by August 14.

National Fire Protection Association: Remembering When Conference Scholarships

According to an AARP study, over 90% of seniors want to stay in their homes, and 80% believe they will remain in their current residences. Remembering When Conference Scholarships help make this decision safer by providing scholarships to fire departments and other organizations to attend risk reduction training workshops. Held in Nashville on November 1-3, 2017, the workshops focus on reducing fires and falls among older adults. Scholarships will be awarded to up to 25 communities to cover the costs of two or three team members to attend. Recipients will then be required to conduct a set number of home visits, group presentations, and training sessions. Eligible applicants include local governments, nonprofits and consortia. Apply by August 11, 2017.

The Archstone Foundation: Responsive Grantmaking

The Archstone Foundation also seeks to help improve the lives of seniors by funding projects in three primary areas:

  • Enabling older adults to remain in their homes and communities;
  • Improving the quality of life for seniors suffering from depression;
  • Developing innovative approaches to the family caregiving needs of elders.

It also explores ways to incorporate workforce development into its three focus areas. Although priority is given to projects in Southern California, other proposals will be considered if they: benefit the state as a whole, are demonstration projects with the potential for replication in California, have a regional or national impact, and/or improve practice in the field. Solicitations are accepted on a rolling basis.

Evidence-Based Practice

The Elder Justice Innovation Program is one of many that requires evidence-based practice. Click below to explore basic concepts in fact informed research:

Evidence-Based Practices Explained Simply for Local Governments, States, Tribes, and Grant Administrators

Topics: Senior Resources

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