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Request for Applications

AARP Foundation Seeks Proposals to Secure Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Refunds for Older Adults

As AARP’s charitable affiliate, AARP Foundation works to end senior poverty by helping people over 50 build economic opportunity and maintain financial resilience. With these Request for Applications (RFA), AARP Foundation seeks to support community-based organizations to educate, engage, and assist eligible individuals who are ages 50-64 to file their taxes and claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Specifically, AARP Foundation is interested in organizations that will assist applicants, especially in Black and Latinx communities, who have not applied in the past to navigate barriers in filing their taxes and accessing the EITC.

AARP Foundation would like to learn more about:

  • Effective and innovative outreach strategies to engage older adults with low income who do not file taxes and thus cannot access the EITC
  • The demographics of eligible but unenrolled older adults. This includes age, race/ethnicity, geography and whether these adults file taxes
  • Specific barriers to filing and completing tax returns or difficulties with supporting documents
  • New and effective ways to address barriers to filing and completing tax returns
  • Any other information about the older adult’s application experience
Earned Income Tax Credit Request for Applications

Secure Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Refunds for Older Adults


Grant Application Process

Grants Application Portal

AARP Foundation will prioritize applications that serve populations disproportionately impacted by systemic barriers, racial and ethnic disparities, and other biases in programs and policies. Eligible applicants are invited to submit an application that contains basic information about their project model and its implementation, and how their project’s proposed outcomes align with AARP Foundation’s mission and the objectives specified on page 1 of the RFA.

AARP Foundation will only consider applications of organizations in 22 U.S. states and territories: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Applicants must be located in one of these states or territories to be eligible for funds.

Eligibility Criteria, Timeline and Application Portal

AARP Foundation RFA Funding Eligibility

The following are NOT eligible for funding:

  • Grants for individuals
  • 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
  • Expenses unrelated to the project being funded
AARP Foundation Social Connectedness Timeline for March 2019 RFA

Application Timeline

October 7, 2022: Funding opportunity announced, and online application made available

November 4, 2022: Application deadline

November 7 - November 30, 2022: Application review

December 1 – December 7, 2022: Clarification period (video/calls conducted, as appropriate)

Week of December 12, 2022: Applicants notified of award decisions and funding determinations 


AARP Foundation Grantmaking

Application Portal Submission

Grants Application Portal

All grant applications must be submitted through AARP Foundation's grants application portal.  

**After completing the application, please be sure to click Review and Submit to review your responses and print the application, if desired. Then click ‘Submit’ to submit the application.

For questions related to this funding opportunity or relating to application submission in the AARP Foundation Community Portal, please send an email to the AARP Foundation Grants Management mailbox at