Nonprofits Look for Grants to Help Seniors and Provide Senior Programs

There are many problems, both medically and financially, that seniors face as they get older. This can make life very challenging, as they are learning how to navigate a new world and oftentimes lack the support they need.

Many people who are struggling to make ends meet in retirement are choosing to go back to work. So, what happens to those who can’t find new jobs, are forced to take very low-paying jobs or are simply not healthy enough to continue working? Nonprofit programming can be the solution for many seniors in need of assistance and access to resources.

“There are many nonprofits, municipalities, and agencies, looking for ways to help this growing demographic. Many turn to GrantWatch to find grant opportunities to fund their programs that assist seniors living on tight fixed incomes,” said Libby Hikind, CEO and founder of GrantWatch.  

Funding Available to Nonprofits

Currently, has a category dedicated to aging and seniors with more than 300 grants available. Additionally, you can filter these results by state, to see which grants could potentially match your nonprofit’s goals.

Below, we’ve included five grants available nationwide that are currently accepting applications:

  1. 300 funding requests will be awarded by this foundation, to improve the quality of life for underserved seniors throughout the country.
  2. Grants of up to $20,000 are available from a private foundation to nonprofit organizations, for community benefit programs and projects.
  3. Grants of up to $30,000 to open to religious and secular nonprofit organizations for programs and projects supporting seniors.
  4. Grant funding is available to nonprofit organizations for projects* that benefit older adults ages 65 and above.
  5. Nonprofit organizations can also apply for funding for education training and projects, focusing on staff and personnel working* with seniors.

*Eligible projects are those that have national reach across the U.S. or regional relevance within the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida.

Seniors Seeking Help

Meanwhile, if you are a senior or are seeking resources to help seniors, we recommend reaching out to advocacy groups for help. As a result, we’ve subsequently listed five advocacy groups below, that assist seniors and address issues of the aging population:

Additionally, a great website called Senior Advisor has some wonderful articles and resources for seniors. We would also suggest searching and reaching out to faith-based organizations or special interest groups. Likewise, you will find your local community to be home to nonprofits that supply assistance to seniors.

Bonus Find! Microgrants of up to $1,000, are now accepting applications from U.S. students (ages 18 and under). This funding is for service projects to benefit seniors in their community.


Beyond the typical fundraising and donations, grants are often an underutilized source. While many organizations are aware of government grants, it is foundation grants that have been heavy home-hitters when it comes to funding programs. “Still, funding is out there,” Hikind said. “You just need to look and have the mind to apply.”

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