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AARP Foundation: Improving Food Security Among Older Adults

Deadline: October 18, 2019

The AARP Foundation serves vulnerable people 50 and older by creating and advancing effective solutions that help them secure the essentials. The Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. It supports organizations to advance evidence-based projects that can become sustainable and practical solutions to the challenges facing low-income older adults, sparking bold, innovative solutions that foster resilience, strengthen communities, and restore hope.

The Foundation’s Food Security program objective is: Low-income program participants age 50 and older show a positive change in food security status as measured by the USDA Adult Food Security Survey by 2020. By launching and funding bold, innovative solutions that increase low-income older adults’ access to enough food for an active, healthy life, AARP Foundation is working to achieve this specific objective. The Foundation seeks to fund the following types of projects:

  • Direct-service: Funding for direct service grants must be used to enhance direct services or projects/programs for low-income older adults. Types of direct service grants include: 1) Ready to Pilot; and 2) Ready for Outcomes.
  • Research: Projects that apply scientific rigor and research methodology to work that will enhance knowledge about and solve challenges faced by low-income older adults.
  • Education: Projects that facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, beliefs, and habits pertaining to low-income older adults (e.g., training, instructional material development).
  • Outreach: Projects designed to increase awareness of and access to services and resources that help low-income older adults.
  • Field-Building: Projects that may not directly serve low-income older adults, but advance the work of one or a group of organizations serving low-income older adults to achieve measurable and sustainable results (i.e., infrastructure support, capacity building).

Amount: Dependent on project type as follows:

  • Direct service projects: Grants range from $50,000-$250,000 per year, for up to three years
  • Research, Education, Outreach, and Field-Building projects: Grants range from $50,000-$150,000 per year for up to two years

Recipients must provide a 1:1 dollar match (cash or in-kind) from one or more other funding sources.

Eligibility: The primary target is national or regional organizations with built-in distribution channels, such as affiliates, members, chapters, or collaborative partnerships. For direct service projects, local organizations will only be considered if they have the ability to serve thousands of low-income older adults, on their own or in conjunction with other organizations.

Link: https://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/grants/

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