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AARP Foundation Grants Program

Information for Grant Seekers

The primary goal of AARP Foundation's grants program is to identify innovative solutions and bring promising practices to scale. Priority is given to solutions addressing the issues of hunger, income, housing and isolation among low-income, vulnerable adults age 50 and over in the United States.

As a nonprofit charitable organization, tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, AARP Foundation does not support programs or organizations seeking funding for legislative advocacy or political campaigns, including the publication or distribution of political statements or candidate endorsements. We also do not support fundraising campaigns, endowments or capital campaigns.

If you are a nonprofit organization tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, please follow the steps below to find out about our process and how to apply:

How We Make Grants

AARP Foundation seeks to invest in projects that will develop sustainable solutions for low-income, vulnerable older people that align with our mission and areas of impact. To support this process, we work with thought leaders, researchers, policy makers and organizations who work directly in the field to determine the state of current practice and areas of neglect, and identify potential innovations and solutions. This information is also used to define significant outcome measures.

We fund solutions that:

  • Produce scalable models
  • Accelerate or build on existing models for measureable impact
  • Show promise for long-term sustainability
  • Leverage support from other sources

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Programs & Services

AARP Tax Aide

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

This program offers free assistance with tax-return preparation. Go

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AARP Benefits QuickLink

See if you qualify for public assistance and you can save money on health care, medication, food, utilities, and more! Go

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Finances 50+

This financial capability program is a collaboration between AARP Foundation and Charles Schwab Foundation. Go

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Housing Solutions Center

This program offers free HUD-certified counseling and assistance to 50-plus homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure. Go

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