Programs to Serve Elderly People

Posted by on July 4, 2003

Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia Seeks Proposals for Programs to Serve Elderly People

Deadline: July 14, 2003

The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services is the primary vehicle through which the Pew Charitable Trusts ( support the delivery of services to people in need in Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

The Fund has launched a new round of grantmaking to support activities serving elderly people. The Pew Fund for Programs to Serve Elderly People has as its goal to maintain or enhance the level of independence of older individuals who are at significant risk of loss of independence and/or institutionalization due to poor physical or mental health; functional limitations; poverty; lack of English proficiency; or racial, ethnic, or cultural barriers. It is anticipated that approximately $3 million will be available to support the delivery of services for elderly people and to address the capacity-building needs of organizations that serve this population.

Organizations may apply for two-year awards for:
1) Service Delivery — Grants to support the delivery of services to elderly people. When applying for a service-delivery grant, applicants can request either operating support or project support. Service-delivery requests must address at least one of the following objectives: to increase access to and utilization of health and social services, with a particular emphasis on publicly funded benefits and services; to reduce the incidence of depression and other mental-health problems through the use of mental-health services; and to maintain or enhance the level of independence of at-risk elderly through the use of homemaker services, home-delivered meals, and respite care.

2) Capacity Building — These grants are aimed at enhancing an organization’s delivery of services to elderly people. Broadly, capacity building refers to activities that strengthen the ability of an organization to sustain its mission. Capacity-building requests must address one, and only one, of the following objectives: to achieve greater organizational stability by undertaking the establishment of a financial plan that includes an assessment of costs and benefits of services as well as potential new sources of funding; or to increase an organization’s effectiveness and efficiency by improving communication, information, and/or financial management systems.

Organizations may apply for both service-delivery and capacity-building funding. To be eligible to apply, an organization must be classified as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, or as a public charity under section 509(a)(1), (2), or (3). In addition, the organization must be located in and provide services in one or more of the following Pennsylvania counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

The University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging is the intermediary for the Pew Fund’s elderly grantmaking program. See the IOA Web site for the complete RFP and application procedures.

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