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AARP Foundation: Improving Social Connectedness Among Older Adults

Deadline: October 18, 2019

AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. The Foundation’s grantmaking 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 Social Connectedness objective is: Low-income people age 50 and older (LI50+) program participants have sustained improvement in social connectedness as measured by the Duke Social Support Index (DSSI) for 6 months after being served. In Social Connectedness, AARP Foundation seeks projects that can serve hundreds of thousands of low-income older adults who are not currently being served. 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).

AARP Foundation advances national understanding and awareness of the complex causes and consequences of social isolation among older adults. Grantees will contribute to Connect2Affect, a network of programs and resources to help build the social connections older adults need to thrive.

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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