Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative Grants

Grant Interest Area: The focus of this grant is to enhance access to SNAP for qualifying low-income older adults through community-based outreach and enrollment initiatives. Special consideration will be given to agencies serving NCOA’s target populations. Examples include people residing in rural areas, border communities, immigrants, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic/Latinx, members of tribal communities residing on and off reservation land, members of the LGBTQ community, those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and veterans.

Grant Goal: Submit 1,000 SNAP applications on behalf of eligible older adults between October 1, 2020 – April 30, 2022.

Key Dates: Optional, informational webinar Monday, July 6, 2020, 3 p.m. ET Notice of Intent due Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 12 p.m. ET Application due Monday, August 3, 2020 at 12 p.m. ET

Description: The National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Center for Benefits Access (the Center) will provide grants for a 19-month period (October 1, 2020 to April 30, 2022) to selected organizations for the implementation of Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiatives in their own communities.

The goals of the initiative include:

  • Significantly increasing the participation of older adults in SNAP through community-based outreach and enrollment initiatives.
  • Identifying, analyzing, and disseminating replicable, cost-effective, and scalable strategies for increasing senior SNAP enrollment.
  • Increasing public awareness of senior hunger as an issue of national and local importance, and of SNAP as an effective strategy for reducing food insecurity among older adults.

NCOA aims to award $2 million to up to 40 community-based organizations and/or agencies to engage in SNAP outreach and application assistance. These organizations will be expected to submit at least 40,000 SNAP applications overall. Each organization will be responsible for submitting 1,000 SNAP applications on behalf of eligible older adults.

Organizations eligible to apply for Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative grants include state or community-based nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and faith-based organizations addressing the needs of older adults (age 60 and over). Applicants are required to match 15% of their funding under this grant through a cash or in-kind match. Grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded to selected organizations.
Applicants are required to submit a simple notice of intent by Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 12 p.m. ET. A link to complete the application will be sent to those who submit a notice. Organizations must submit a notice of intent in order to receive the link to complete an application. Proposals are due by 12 p.m. ET on Monday, August 3, 2020.

Visit this webpage for additional information: https://www.ncoa.org/news/ncoa-news/center-for-benefits-news/senior-snap-funding-2020/

Date Posted: 
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Date Closing: 
Monday, August 3, 2020
Sponsor/Funding Agency: 
The National Council on Aging’s Center for Benefits Access
Pre-Teleconference Meeting Info: 
Optional, informational webinar Monday, July 6, 2020, 3 p.m. ET
Award Amount: 
$50,000