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Grants Program

Our Unique Approach

As a charitable affiliate of AARP, AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping older adults build economic opportunity. Through our grantmaking, we collaborate with organizations to advance projects that can become sustainable solutions to the challenges facing older adults living with low income. 

AARP Foundation focuses on achieving equitable outcomes for older adults who are struggling, with specific objectives of increasing income and earnings, securing benefits, and helping older adults gain access to refunds for which they’re eligible. Our work prioritizes equitable strategies and services that address systemic barriers, racial and ethnic disparities, and other biases that perpetuate economic instability.

AARP Foundation is currently concentrating its efforts in 22 U.S. states and territories with high rates of senior poverty: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico.


What We Fund

Grantee Story

Read how AARP Foundation grantee SC Thrive connects older adults to benefits and so much more.

Grants Database

Browse and search a comprehensive database of open and closed grants funded by AARP Foundation.

Grantee Profiles

Learn more about selected grantees who exemplify the great work being undertaken to improve the lives of older adults across the country.

What We Do Not Fund

  • Grants for individuals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Debt retirement or operating deficits
  • Endowments or reserve funds  
  • Political organizations or campaigns
  • Lobbying legislators or influencing elections
  • Sponsorship of fundraising events    
  • Marketing endeavors and personal research
  • Organizations located outside the United States or its territories
  • Indirect expenses unrelated to the project being funded

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