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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.

Funding Opportunity: Improving Social Connectedness & Food Security in Older Adults

AARP Foundation seeking proposals

Through our grantmaking, we collaborate with partner organizations to advance evidence-based projects that can become sustainable and practical solutions to the challenges facing low-income older adults.

Seeking Proposals for Direct Service, Research, Education, Outreach and Field-Building Projects

This funding opportunity is an open competition targeted at projects with evidence that low-income older adults who participate in the proposed project experience improved social connectedness as measured by the DSSI or increased food security as measured by the USDA Adult Food Security Survey. Other types of projects that improve social connectedness or food security in low-income older adults on a systemic level (e.g. research, field-building) will also be considered.

  • September 2019: Funding opportunity announced
  • October 18, 2019: Application deadline by 11:59 p.m. ET
  • November 2019: Clarification period (as needed)
  • December 2019: Applicants notified of award decisions
  • January 1, 2020: Grant Start Date

Download: Social Connectedness RFA | Food Security RFA

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