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At AARP Foundation, we envision a future without senior poverty. More than 37 million adults age 50 and older — 1 in 3 —  are at risk of not having enough to meet their most basic needs. A problem this big can’t be solved with a “business as usual” approach.

AARP Foundation’s grantmaking supports sustainable, real-world solutions to the fundamental challenges facing low-income older adults. We collaborate with grantee and partner organizations to identify evidence-based projects that transform lives and communities — projects that we know can be expanded nationwide. Through grants, the Foundation enables grantees to help more people, work more efficiently, bring proven new approaches to scale, and make resources go further. 

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We collaborate with grantee and partner organizations to identify evidence-based interventions that have the greatest impact on the people we serve.

Request for Applications

AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults build economic opportunity and social connectedness. The foundation seeks to fund bold projects with plans to scale proven, effective interventions through exponential growth (as opposed to linear growth), disrupting the current landscape for combating social isolation and food insecurity in low-income seniors. Applicants should carefully consider the scalability of their evidence-based program and present a thoughtful scaling plan in their application.

 

Current Funding Opportunities

Read a brief description of each current funding opportunity, see the requirements of each opportunity and download the full RFA below.

  • Increasing Social Connectedness for Older Adults 

We are seeking applicants with innovative solutions positioned for exponential growth to bring to scale proven approaches that increase social support and connectedness among hundreds of thousands of low-income older adults. Download the full RFA.

  • Tackling Senior Food Insecurity

We are seeking applicants with innovative solutions positioned for exponential growth to bring to scale proven approaches that increase food security among hundreds of thousands of low-income older adults. Download the full RFA.

Attachments (Required, unless otherwise noted. The same attachments are required for both.)

Theory of Change (guidance) | Logic Model (guidance | optional template) | Final Report(s) of Findings From Independent Evaluation Reports |

Data Management Plan (template) | Detailed Project Budget (template) | Audited Financial Statements | Business Model Canvas (guidance and template) | 

Scaling Plan (optional)

Grant Program Data Collection

Demographic Data

Demographic data helps to identify the extent to which external grant programs are reaching AARP Foundation’s target population. The Beneficiary Demographics Data: Supplemental Guidance document is a resource specifying the preferred wording of question items and response options you can use to collect demographic data from your program's beneficiaries electronically. This is to ensure demographic questions are asked in a consistent way across all Foundation grant programs. For programs preferring paper, the Beneficiary Demographics Data: Paper Survey is provided in hard copy format. You may distribute these questions as a stand-alone survey or incorporate them into an existing survey tool used by your program. AARP Foundation can provide direct assistance should you choose to administer the questions to beneficiaries electronically.

You are encouraged to distribute these questions to your grant program's beneficiaries and submit responses in an Excel spreadsheet to aarp_foundation_grants@aarp.org by the end of the calendar year, but preferably each quarter. AARP Foundation considers the number reported below for Low-Income 50+ People Served as an estimate until your program submits beneficiary responses to the Demographics Form. AARP Foundation will analyze Birth Year, Household Size, and Income Level responses to determine actual figures. The Foundation will provide feedback on any analyses conducted.

Net Promoter Score (Customer Satisfaction)

The Net Promoter Score (NPS) demonstrates a beneficiary's level of satisfaction with the services provided by the grant program and helps quantify the effect of AARP Foundation grant-funded programs on their surrounding communities. The following two questions represent how the Net Promoter Score is to be administered to program beneficiaries. You may distribute these questions as a stand-alone survey or incorporate into an existing survey tool used by your program.
 
                     1. On a scale from 0-10, how likely is it that you would recommend this program or project to a friend or family member?

                                                                 0           1           2           3          4           5           6           7           8           9           10
                                                      Not likely at all                                                                                                          Extremely likely

                     2. Please comment about why you selected the response option.
 
You are encouraged to distribute these questions to your grant program's beneficiaries and submit responses in an Excel spreadsheet to aarp_foundation_grants@aarp.org by the end of the calendar year, but preferably each quarter. 

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AARP Foundation SIF Grant Program

The Social Innovation Fund (SIF) is a powerful approach to transforming lives and communities. AARP Foundation is a proud grantee of the Social Innovation Fund.

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Eighty-one cents of every dollar we spend goes toward programs and services that help low-income older adults. We have met every one of the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

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