With this Request for Application (RFA), AARP Foundation seeks to support local, regional or national partners to build their capacity to provide public benefits application assistance to adults age 50 and older, including at least one of the following benefits: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Medicare Savings Programs (MSP), and Low-Income Subsidy (LIS)/Extra Help.
Donor Name: AARP Foundation
State: Selected States
County: All Counties
Territory: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: up to $50,000
Grant Duration: 1 year
Capacity building grants offer up to $50,000 to support direct service organizations in their efforts to work more efficiently and effectively with and for older adults. These grants are intended to aid organizational development at a structural level. Capacity Building grants are not intended to pay for general operating expenses or existing programs and services. Preference will be given to proposals that focus on efforts to better serve communities that have historically faced systemic barriers, racial and ethnic disparities, and other biases that perpetuate economic instability. Proposals must demonstrate that the expanded capacity is sustainable (financially and operationally) beyond the project lifecycle.
Capacity building support offered through this RFA is limited to organizational planning, implementation or evaluation of projects that focus on enhancing, optimizing or streamlining resources, processes or programs to better assist eligible older adults with enrollment in multiple benefits during and beyond the grant cycle. Projects in the following categories are eligible:
- Partnership/Relationship Development
ARP Foundation has specific objectives that focus on achieving outcomes for older adults with low income by increasing income and decreasing expenditures, primarily through gainful employment, accessing benefits, and securing refunds and credits. Their work prioritizes equitable strategies and services that address systemic barriers, racial and ethnic disparities, and other biases that perpetuate economic instability.
Grant Term: Up to one year.
AARP Foundation will prioritize pre-applications that serve populations disproportionately affected by systemic barriers, racial and ethnic disparities, and other harmful biases. Additionally, they have a particular interest in projects/programs that serve older adults in 22 U.S. states and territories with high levels of senior poverty: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico.
The following are not eligible for funding:
- Grants for individuals
- Debt retirement or operating deficits
- Endowments or reserve funds
- Political organizations or campaigns
- Lobbying legislators or influencing elections
- Sponsorship of fundraising events
- Marketing endeavors and personal research
- Organizations located outside the United States or its territories
- Indirect expenses unrelated to the project being funded.
For more information, visit AARP Foundation.