AGING IN COMMUNITY CYCLE (formerly Older Adult Cycle)

Please make sure you have read our grant information page to ensure you are eligible to apply and a good fit for funding.

Aging in community is a concept that promotes interconnected relationships and supports for older adults to safely remain living in their chosen home and community to avoid prematurely entering institutional care due to the need for modest additional resources.  

Our Aging in Community Cycle provides three types of grants to organizations and programs that support older adults aging in community. First, we award unrestricted operating grants to organizations which exclusively or primarily support older adults aging in community by providing social and civic engagement, home adaptations/repairs, access to healthy food, physical activity and/or learning opportunities.  This unrestricted funding may be used for organizational expenses which are part of a board-approved annual budget, including administrative salaries, employee benefits, utilities, office supplies and equipment, technology, and professional development.  Second, we award grants to programs which exclusively serve older adults aging in community, even though the sponsoring organization is not primarily senior focused. This funding must be used only for the specific program supporting aging in community.  Third, from time to time and by invitation only, we award special project grants to provide seed money to early-stage and/or innovative strategies which address specific challenges of aging in community in the KC metro area.  Organizations who are interested in applying for a special project grant should contact our Program Officer, Kim Lewis, to schedule a preliminary conversation.

Eligible organizations must be based in and provide the majority of their services in the metro Kansas City area.

The following organizations are not eligible to apply in the Aging in Community Cycle: continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living or independent living facilities, hospitals, and organizations that require or advocate religious activity as part of or in exchange for services.  

Maximum grant requests: $15,000

The deadline for submission is August 15 at 11:59 p.m.  Menorah Heritage Foundation does not accept late applications.  Decision notifications are sent through our online system via email the second week of December.

Click HERE to access our online grant software system for the application.

Click HERE to see a registration tutorial before you start.

IMPORTANT:  If your organization has applied to our Foundation in the past, your email account may already exist in our system.

If your email already does exist in our system, you will see this message when you register: ‘The Login you have entered (your email address) is already in use. If you have forgotten your password, cancel account creation and click the ‘Forgot your Password?’ link on the Login page.

When you click the ‘Forgot your Password?’ link, a box will appear asking for the email to send password reset instructions. Follow the directions in the reset instructions email to create your new password.

Please ask your IT department or email provider to add Menorah Heritage Foundation [email protected] to your safe sender email list.   This will ensure emails from our online grant software system will not end up in your spam folder.

If you have a question, please contact us.

Aging in Community Special Initiative Grants

Older Adult Special Initiative Grants are limited to invited, collaborative proposals that convene Kansas City metro area stakeholders addressing important issues facing older adults who wish to age in community.  These issues include, but are not limited to, access to community-based services (healthcare, housing, care management, transportation, etc.)  and social/civic engagement.  A meeting with Menorah Heritage Foundation is required.

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