Financial Assistance Grants
Financial Assistance Grants in the United States
Looking for financial assistance grants or federal grants for senior citizens who need financial assistance? This list is for you if your nonprofit supports financial assistance programs! Keep scrolling to find a list of financial assistance grants, federal financial assistance grants, community financial assistance grants, as well as financial assistance grants for veterans. Find even more financial assistance grants by starting a 14-day free trial of Instrumentl.
USDA: Rural Development (RD)
What does this program do?
This program provides funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.
An essential community facility is one that provides an essential service to the local community, is needed for the orderly development of the community, serves a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
How may funds be used?
To construct, enlarge or improve community facilities for health care, public safety and public service. Grants may be made in combination with other financial assistance such as a Community Facilities direct or guaranteed loan, applicant contribution or funding from other sources. Examples of essential community facilities include:
- Health Care: hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities
- Public Facilities: city/town/village halls, courthouses, airport hangers, street improvements
- Community Support Services: child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds, transitional housing
- Public Safety: fire halls, police stations, prisons, jails, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles and equipment
- Educational: museums, libraries, private schools
- Utility: telemedicine, distance learning
- Local Food Systems: community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs, greenhouses, kitchen appliances
- For a complete list, see Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 3570.7
- Grants up to 75% of eligible project cost based on need and funding availability
- Applicant must be eligible for grant assistance, which is determined by the population and median household income of the service area
- Grant funds must be available
Citizens Committee for New York City
Citizens Committee for New York City awards micro-grants up to $5,000 to community building projects carried out by resident-led groups to address issues they identify as important to them. Today, our grantmaking focuses on supporting projects that improve neighborhood life, strengthen local leadership, and scale community partnerships. We invest in neighborhood-led efforts to build a NYC that benefits all, especially in times of crises. Grassroots leaders, especially in low-income communities, know and have what it takes to roll up their sleeves and make change to boost civic engagement, neighborhood wealth, and community health.
Examples of the work we support include community members working together to:
- make healthy food available in their neighborhoods;
- deliver food to neighbors;
- lead physical fitness and mental health classes;
- check-in and support seniors or other vulnerable community members;
- lead virtual block association meetings;
- create an education pod for local youth;
- create face masks and distribute to community members;
- engage youth in local organizing initiatives;
- revitalize a school garden and more!
Additional guidelines can be found here
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How Much Can We Apply For
The Foundation accepts applications for awards of up to $15,000 from small community-based organizations who can demonstrate that they are making a significant and lasting impact on the lives and communities of military members, veterans and their families. Some examples might be:
- providing emergency financial assistance for housing, auto repairs, food, clothing, medical bills or keeping utilities active
- transitional housing programs for homeless veterans
- employment assistance for transitioning military
- recreational or rehabilitative programs for wounded warriors
- retreats for military spouses or families
- enrichment programs for military dependent children
- support programs for military families
Pinellas Community Foundation
NOTE: Deadlines are according to grant type -
- Housing - January 18
- Wellness - April 20
- Social - October 18
Senior Citizens Services Grants
Our latest partner in aiding the aging of Pinellas
The Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) is honored to announce the establishment of its newest $10 million donor-advised fund by Senior Citizens Services, Inc. (SCS). SCS is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1960 which has enlisted our extensive grant management expertise for the benefit of seniors 55+ in Pinellas County.
The new fund brings together two foundations committed to addressing the needs of older adults in Pinellas County.
Pinellas Community Foundation and Senior Citizens Services, Inc. do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status in any of its activities or operations.
Grants awarded in the coming year will apply to programs that help seniors 55+ in Housing, Wellness, Other Senior Services and Social Activities.
Senior Citizens Services (SCS) provides grant support to nonprofit agencies that help improve the quality of life for Pinellas residents age 55 and older (also known as the ACT II generation).
SCS grantees are 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies selected on a competitive basis. Grant applications are carefully vetted based on community needs and the ability to complete proposed projects. Qualified applicants may receive grants of $800 to $20,000 depending on community needs and available funds.
While many organizations create programs of good works for the community, grant awards are limited to those designated as a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and government agencies.
They may be used for the following purposes:
- Financial assistance (rent subsidies, etc.)
- Housing referral assistance and education
- Housing repair
- Relocation assistance (including required deposits)
- Aging in Place assistance (wheelchair ramp, door widening, etc.)
- Other house-related services with the exceptions of utilities
They may be used for the following purposes:
- Wellness services, activities or education
- Other wellness-related services
- Mental health counseling
- Adult day care
- Disaster preparedness
Senior Support Services
If your organization doesn’t fit into the one of the categories above, but you primarily offer services to senior citizens, you may qualify for one of our other grants. These grants may be used for:
- Utilities assistance
- Homemaker/personal care
- Elder abuse prevention
- Legal services
- Caregiver Support/Respite
- Kinship Care