Grant Details

Identifying Evidence-Based Solutions for Vulnerable Older Adults

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    Funder Type

    Corporate Foundation

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    AARP Foundation


    The AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income and vulnerable older adults have nutritious food, affordable, livable and healthy housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds. To address those needs, the grant competition is seeking evidence-based solutions that are guided by a deep level of engagement with AARP Foundation and that can be nurtured, evaluated and brought to scale.

    The goals of this program are to:
    • Create a portfolio of grant-funded programs that includes projects with different levels of evidence with the goal of scaling, at the appropriate time, to serve more low-income older adults
    • Identify solutions that seek to achieve a double bottom line (sustainable programs that achieve a positive financial and social return).
    • Ultimately, we expect a percentage of the selected grantees will increase their level of evidence in preparation to scale their programs nationally. AARP Foundation will be actively involved during the grant period to understand how each grant-funded program works and how we can provide the necessary technical assistance to reach the different levels of evidence and create a model to achieve sustainability and expansion.

    History of Funding

    Current grantees of this program can be seen at

    Additional Information

    The following are not eligible for funding:
    • Grants for individuals;
    • Capital campaigns;
    • Debt retirement or operating deficits;
    • Endowments or reserve funds;
    • Political organization or campaigns;
    • Lobbying legislators or influencing elections;
    • Sponsorship of fundraising events;
    • Marketing endeavors and personal research
    • Indirect expenses unrelated to the project being funded; and
    • Local affiliates or chapters of national organizations for solely implementing a national program at the local level.


    Matt DAmico

    Matt DAmico

    (800) 775-6776

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible organizations include institutions of higher education, public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as well as other types of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

    Deadline Details

    Mandatory pre-applications were to be submitted by deadline April 7, 2017. Full applications were to be submitted by May 19, 2017. Similar deadlines are anticipated, annually.

    Award Details

    The total amount and length of the grant award will coincide with the level of evidence and maturity of the program. Between 6 - 8 awards will be granted. In general, the following should be considered guidelines for each stage of the project, but not strict funding bands:
    • Theory of Change/ Pre-Evidence: Awards range from $50,000 - $75,000; Project period is between 9 - 18 months.
    • Self-reported Evidence: Awards range from $100,000 - $200,000/year; Project period is between 18 - 24 months.
    • Independent Evaluation: Awards range from $200,000 - $300,000/year; Project period is between 24 - 36 months.


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