AARP Foundation Launches $2 Million Program to Assist Vulnerable Older Americans

AARP Foundation Launches $2 Million Program to Assist Vulnerable Older Americans

The Washington, D.C.-based AARP Foundation has announced a $2 million program to support nonprofit organizations working to improve the lives of low-income Americans age 50 and older.

The AARP Foundation Grants Program will focus on four impact areas — hunger, housing, income, and personal connections — and in 2011 will award approximately $2 million in two of those areas, hunger and income. Through the Hunger Innovation Grants Program, the foundation will award grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 for sustainable solutions that make a significant impact on community food security and sustainable food systems. Applications from eligible organizations will be accepted through October 15, and recipients will be announced in December.

The Recession Recovery Grants initiative, to be launched later this month, will issue a request for proposals (RFP) focused on programs that provide a continuum of services designed to protect families from severe financial instability. Grants ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 over one to two years will be awarded by the end of the year to organizations providing literacy and job training, for example, or access to services that offer job placement and increase financial stability.

"Hunger, housing, income, and personal connections are basic needs that, particularly in these tough economic times, are often difficult for vulnerable older Americans to meet," said AARP Foundation president Jo Ann Jenkins. "This [new initiative] will help build our knowledge base, conquer these solvable issues, and ultimately help older people who are struggling live with hope, dignity, and security."