Grants for Seniors
Grants for senior citizens, senior housing, and services for the elderly
Looking for grants to fund services for the elderly? The Instrumentl team has compiled this list of grants for seniors to get you headed in the right direction.
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Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
NOTE: Nominations for the Civil Society Awards are now closed. However, the Manhattan Institute welcomes award nominations on a rolling basis. To tell us about an outstanding nonprofit leader—and their organization—who is contributing to a vibrant civil society in your community, please email: [email protected]
History has shown that free markets are the best way to organize economic activity. But the Manhattan Institute understands that in a healthy society, markets are complemented by charitable and philanthropic enterprises, which both help those in need and prepare people to realize their full potential. Since its founding, the United States has been characterized by a vibrant civil society in which nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations—with the help of volunteers and private philanthropy—work to address social challenges.
To support and reinvigorate this tradition, the Manhattan Institute established the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative in 2001, now known as the Tocqueville Project. Directed by MI Senior Fellow Howard Husock, it combines research, writing, events, and conversations with scholars, practitioners, government officials, and community leaders to make the case for the value and benefits of a strong civil society. The goal of the Civil Society Awards program is to find and recognize the best of America’s new generation of nonprofit leaders.
Tocqueville wrote that “Americans of all ages, all conditions and all dispositions, constantly form associations... religious, moral, serious, futile, enormous or diminutive.” This combination of association and philanthropy has given us everything from the Boy Scouts to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Just as we have private entrepreneurs, we also have social entrepreneurs, who address societal challenges and find private funds to do so. These individuals develop solutions to emerging needs and problems, while helping to keep our social fabric from fraying. It is their work that the Civil Society Awards highlight and encourage.
Manhattan Institute welcomes nominations for our Civil Society Awards on a rolling basis. To tell us about an outstanding individual—as well as their nonprofit organization—who is contributing to a vibrant civil society in your community, please visit our nomination page.
The Milbank Foundation was created in 1995 to pursue Jeremiah Milbank’s vision of integrating people with disabilities into all aspects of American life.
The Foundation’s current priorities include:
- Consumer-focused, community-based initiatives that empower people with disabilities and foster independence and self-sufficiency
- The rehabilitation and re-integration of veterans, especially veterans with disabilities
- Helping seniors to age in the place of their choice through non-institutional, community-based health and social services, and
- Market-oriented, patient-centered health care reforms across the country
Anthony Robbins Foundation (The Tony Robbins Foundation)
The Tony Robbins Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to empower individuals and organizations to make a significant difference in the quality of life of people often forgotten.
We’re dedicated to creating positive changes in the lives of youth, seniors, the hungry, homeless and the imprisoned population, all who need a boost envisioning a happier and deeply satisfying way of life. Our passionate staff, generous donors and caring group of international volunteers provide the vision, inspiration, and resources needed to empower these important members of our society.
Dedicated to meeting challenges within the global community, creating solutions and taking action, The Tony Robbins Foundation provides monetary donations to various organizations around the world. Funding requests are evaluated on an ongoing basis. We look for organizations that align with our mission to empower individuals and organizations to make a significant difference in the quality of life of those often forgotten.
Harry Sudakoff Foundation
Mr. Harry Sudakoff was a successful builder and developer from New York City who relocated to Sarasota, Florida in the early 1960’s. His original foundation was formed in New York and was transformed into a Florida foundation in 1993. Mr. Sudakoff had a lifelong spirit of generosity and believed in making an impact with his contributions.
Fields of Interest:
- Education for children and youth
- Human Services for families and seniors
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant
The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural and performing arts programs; schools and hospitals; educational, skills-training and other programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and programs.
McGraw Foundation, headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, makes annual grants to not-for-profit organizations. The primary focus is education at all levels, with an emphasis on higher education in the fields of science and environment. In addition, grants are made to social service agencies, emphasizing those dealing with children. The Foundation also occasionally makes grants in the areas of health, medical research and the arts.
Grant requests are suggested to be within a range of $2,500 (or less) to $15,000. Grant recipients and amounts will be determined by several criteria. Naturally, availability of funds is a key factor.
The Foundation will occasionally make large grants ($50,000 or more) to support unusually promising efforts in any of its areas of interest. Innovative research, special education, and/or other activities will be considered if the Foundation's support would assist an effort or a project in making a significant impact benefiting mankind.
Areas of Focus
The Foundation has been a pioneer in support of environmental education at the highest level by establishing three chaired professorships.
Education: Elementary & Special
McGraw Foundation supports a wide array of organizations that focus on assisting the education and advancement of children as well as adults. McGraw Foundation also makes grants to elementary schools and organizations involved in all areas of special needs education. Funding in this arena has encompassed many organizations that provide services such as after-school tutoring, special education, and adult literacy.
Since 1949, McGraw Foundation has been concerned with helping people in need. While the emphasis is on organizations serving children, funding also extends to people of all ages.
Children's issues such as these have been supported throughout the years:
- child welfare
- foster care and adoption
- family counseling
- enriching summer camps
- crisis intervention
Funding for quality-of-life issues for people of all ages has included:
- developmental disabilities
- health clinics
- domestic violence
- housing and homelessness
- job training and continued support
- seniors needs
Health & Medical
Since its inception, McGraw Foundation has made grants in the health and medical fields. Health and medical funding has included:
- specific medical research
- support programs for patients and their families
- medical attention for people without health insurance
- palliative care and hospice organizations
Civic & Cultural
Complimenting it's main focus on education and the environment, McGraw Foundation has supported some of Chicago's distinctive cultural and arts organizations.
Areas of interest include zoological societies' animal conservation, public communication, musical organizations, and civic organizations' promotion of science and the general welfare of society.