Senior Citizen Grants

There are many Senior Citizen Grants You may be eligible for one of them If you are a senior citizen in need of money for a special project or education, there may be a government or private foundation program that will offer you support.

Some programs have web sites and you can review what is offered and what the requirements to apply right online. Others give information but you need to apply by mail. Finally, there are a number of sources for Senior citizen Grants that are not listed on line. This page offers information about all of these.

First let's reveiw some government programs.

If you live in Australia, you will want to review the web site from Brisbane. Even if you do not live in Brisbane, you may get some ideas who to contact in you own region. See: Australia Grants

If you live in the United States, there are a number of different kinds of Senior citizen Grants. Most of the are available to any taxpaying citizen who meet the specific requirements of the grant eg. Some grants are only available to those of a certain age, or income level etc. Government grants are usually not taxable and so you get to keep all the money awarded.

Grants may change from year to year. Agencies do not know what grants are funded until the budget is approved each year.

There are two major web sites that list available grants. It is worth taking time to explore each to see if you can find something that meets your needs:

Local Senior Citizen Grants

Federal Government Grants are not the only sources of grant money for seniors. There are many state and local grants as well as money available from local organizations.

Here are Some tips for finding local Senior Citizen Grants:

  1. Call your local Office of the Aging. Identify yourself and try to set up an appointment with someone who could tell you what sorts of grant money might be available in your region. The person on the phone may want to know what you want the money for and it could be that they will know right off hand that there is a program available and how to apply to it. BUT even if they say, "There are not grants for that" do try to get a face to face appointment with someone. Explain that you know that they know more about organizations that serve senior citizens and that you would like to talk to someone face-to-face to see if they might have ANY suggestions as to how you might proceed. State that you only want a short consult. Do your best to see someone since actually meeting a person face-to-face often elicits leads or suggestions that would seldom be mentioned in a phone conversation.
  2. If you are disabled, contact your local office for the disabled. If you do not know where it is, contact your local representative in the State Assembly or Senate. Someone in that office ought to be able to give you a phone number and a contact name. (If they do not offer a name, ask if they could suggest who to ask for. Remember have the name of a specific person and being able to say that Representative or Senators X office gave you their name, is a much stronger opening than just a 'phone call out of the blue'.
  3. Another local resource are the religious organization in your area. Leaders of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples have wide contacts and might be able to put you in touch with someone willing to fund or assist with your project. Again, it is worth getting a face to face meeting. Calling and identifying yourself by name and asking for a short appointment with [NAME} should do it. If the secretary asks the nature of your business, just say, "It is personal". Most will respect that. Again, it is the face to face meeting that you want. It is far more likely to get you a lead. At the appointment identify yourself by name. State that you are a senior citizen and you are looking for a grant or some sort of funding for [and summarize your project in no more than 2 sentences] Explain that you know that religious leaders often have knowledge of who in the community might be willing to help with such things and that you are hoping that he/she will be able to suggest some lead. If they say, "I do not know of any individual or group", then ask if they might have any suggestions as to who you could approach that might possible know such things. Again, keep the meeting short. On leaving ask that if they hear of anything, they would give you a call....and of course, leave your contact information.
  4. This same approach can be used on local civic and charitable organizations. If all else fails, do consider a short letter to the editor of a local paper. Eg. Does anyone know where I senior citizen can get a grant to insulate her home? or to install a ramp? or to take a course in XXXXX? or Does anyone know where a senior citizen can get help starting up a home business?
  5. If you are looking for educational grant or financial assistance, there are a host of programs available and information can be found at: Grants for Senior Citizens
  6. If you are a woman, there are a many grant programs available. Click on Senior Citizen Grants for older women

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