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AARP Foundation Grants, together we can achieve more

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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. 

Grantee Profiles

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

Work for Yourself@50+: Older Adult Self-Employment Grant Program

Request for Applications | Application Link | Application Deadline: May 31, 2018 

AARP Foundation is requesting applications from previous and existing Work for Yourself@50+SM (WFY50+) programs to provide a deeper level of support to participants who emerge from the WFY50+ pipeline as “ready to launch” or “ready to scale” a business. The purpose of this grant program will be to keep entrepreneurs engaged past receiving workshops and into the business start-up process. Through Phase II: Ready to Launch, AARP Foundation will provide access to web-enabled action planning and communication tools to support entrepreneurs as they transition from concept stage to revenue and funding. Through grant partners, AARP Foundation seeks to expand our ability to help low-income older adults achieve financial stability through self-employment, increasing the number of older entrepreneurs that successfully position themselves to launch their own business.

Application Deadline: Applications are due May 31, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time and must be completed online


Innovation: Voice-Connected Communities

Request for Applications | Application Link | Application Deadline: May 31, 2018

AARP Foundation is requesting applications from eligible organizations to develop and implement a project using voice-assisted technology. The purpose of this grant is to inform AARP Foundation's strategy related to voice-assisted technology. Through this mini-grant, we seek to extend AARP Foundation’s ongoing project using voice-assisted technology to facilitate and nurture community in senior housing settings.

Application Deadline: Applications are due May 31, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time and must be completed online.

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 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 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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