AARP Foundation announced the launch of a grant program that will award $2 million to support the changing lives of vulnerable older Americans by helping them meet their everyday needs.
The program will fund a diverse range of projects that may include basic eduction to interventions spearheaded by organizations that address the social and behavioral aspects of these problems for older Americans.
“Hunger, housing, income and personal connections are basic needs that, particularly in these tough economic times, are often difficult for vulnerable older Americans to meet,” said AARP Foundation President Jo Ann Jenkins. “This grant program will help build our knowledge base, conquer these solvable issues and ultimately help older people who are struggling live with hope, dignity and security.”
The program focuses on four impact areas: hunger, housing, income and personal connections.
“The current economic uncertainty has left many older Americans concerned about making ends meet,” said Phyllis L. Kim, AARP Foundation senior vice president, Office of Grants Administration. “AARP Foundation is already in communities across the country helping vulnerable Americans with direct services, but we believe strongly that we must also invest in long-term solutions. We look forward to working with innovative grantees who share our goals so that together, we can seed hope for older Americans who are struggling.”
AARP Foundation will award hunger grants in amounts ranging from $50,000 to $300,000—depending on the scope and scale of the project—through a competitive RFP process that closes on Oct. 15, 2011. Awardees will be announced in December 2011.
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