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Grants to USA Organizations in Multiple States to
Benefit Low-Income Elderly Populations

Advancing Economic Opportunity Among Older Adults - Direct Service Grant

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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AARP Foundation

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Deadline Date:

05/31/22 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories organizations in multiple states to address the needs of low-income elderly populations. Interested applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Efforts will be focused on the following states and territories: California, Florida, Texas, New York, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, South Carolina, New Mexico, West Virginia, Illinois, Arizona, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

Eligible projects directly serve older adults with low income. Direct service grant funding must be used to enhance direct services or projects/programs for older adults with low income.

  • Ready to Pilot: Small-scale projects to test the feasibility of a project’s approach, methods, and procedures that are intended to be used in a larger-scale project. The program model is developed and it needs to be tested thoroughly in multiple locations and/or among older adults with low income.
  • Ready for Outcomes: Program has been developed, pilot-tested and implemented among older adults with low income. A program/project evaluation was conducted that indicated program participants achieved the program outcomes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188796

Estimated Size of Grant:

In general, Direct Service projects will receive range from $100,000 (for Ready to Pilot projects) to $250,000 (for Ready for Outcomes projects) per year.

Term of Contract:

Up to three years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

AARP Foundation will prioritize applications that serve populations disproportionately impacted by systemic barriers, racial and ethnic disparities and other biases in programs and policies.

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; or
- Indirect expenses unrelated to the project being funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Required Pre-Application Deadline: April 15, 2022, 5:00pm ET
Invited Full Application Deadline: May 31, 2022, 5:00pm ET

Application Timeline:
- March 2022: Funding opportunity announced and online pre-applications made available
- April 15, 2022, 5:00pm ET: Required Pre-Application Deadline
- Week of May 2nd, 2022: Full Applications Invited
- May 31, 2022, 5:00pm ET: Invited Full Application Deadline
- June 2022: Clarification period (as needed)
- July 2022: Applicants notified of award decisions and funding determinations

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Florida;   Georgia;   Illinois;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Michigan;   Mississippi;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   Ohio;   Pennsylvania;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

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USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA);

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