AARP Foundation: Scaling Evidence-Based Solutions for Vulnerable Older Adults
AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income and vulnerable older adults have nutritious food, safe, secure, and affordable housing, a steady income and economic opportunities to grow and protect financial assets, and strong and sustaining social bonds. To address those needs, this grant competition seeks evidence-based solutions that are guided by a deep level of engagement with AARP Foundation and that can be brought to scale.
AARP Foundation is both a grant-maker and a direct service provider. As such, it works to identify new interventions that it can implement directly or through close collaboration with other organizations, including its grantees. Through this grant competition, the Foundation hopes to scale interventions, with independent evaluations demonstrating evidence of effectiveness, which serve vulnerable older adults, to increase economic opportunity and social connectedness.
Applicants may apply for funding under one of four focus areas:
1. Food Security: By 2020, AARP seeks to serve millions of additional low-income 50+ older adults through evidence-based interventions, in support of the following objectives:
- Improve food security for 2 million low-income, older adults as measured by the USDA Adult Food Security Survey; or
- Improve the dietary variety of 1 million low-income, older adults by increasing their purchase of nutritionally dense foods
2. Income Security: By 2020, AARP seeks to decrease social isolation by serving millions of additional low-income 50+ older adults through evidence-based interventions, in support of the following objective:
- Support 117,000 individuals to maintain at least $400 in savings for 6 months out of 12 months after being served
3. Social Connection: By 2020, AARP seeks to decrease social isolation by serving millions of additional low-income 50+ older adults through evidence-based interventions, in support of the following objective:
- Demonstrate sustained improvement in social connectedness for 500,000 individuals, as measured by the Duke Social Support Index
4. Housing Security: By 2020, AARP seeks to serve millions of additional low-income 50+ older adults through evidence-based interventions, in support of the following objective:
- Increase ability of individuals served to age-in-place
Amount: The total amount of the grant award will be commensurate with the number of low-income older adults served, the level of impact, and the social return on investment. AARP Foundation generally believes the landscape supports a cost/person served of $75 – $125/person served.
Eligibility: This funding opportunity is available to organizations that include institutions of higher education, public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as other types of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
This funding opportunity is intended for national or regional organizations, with a built-in distribution channel, such as affiliates, members, chapters, or collaborative partnerships. AARP Foundation is seeking organizations that serve thousands of individuals in a cost-effective manner.
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