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    CURRENT MEMBER-ONLY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

    COMING SOON: 2017 MEALS ON WHEELS LOVES PETS GRANTS

    Most of us have heard anecdotally or seen firsthand the strong bond between seniors and their furry companions. With this in mind, our Meals on Wheels Loves Pets grant program is intended to provide support to the Meals on Wheels programs nationwide that are providing pet food and other pet-related assistance to their clients’ pets. This funding can be used to offset some of the costs involved in implementing a new pet program or funding an existing pet program. 

    Need-based grant awards of up to $2,500 will be available to fund a variety of activities that help your clients feed or care for their pets. In 2016, Meals on Wheels America awarded $300,000 in pet assistance funding to 162 Member programs.

    The applications period for the 2017 grant cycle will open Friday, April 7.

    Funding can be used for:

    • Pet food purchases, including prescription diet foods and treats
    • Cat litter and other pet supplies
    • Grooming
    • Veterinary care, including medications, flea and tick preventive, spay/neuter, etc.
    • Temporary boarding expenses
    • Pet food storage rental 
    • Food storage bins and storage bags
    • Gas grants for volunteers to deliver pet food
    Funding cannot be used for:

    • Operating expenses
    • Administrative costs
    • Office supplies
    • Marketing
    • Fundraising

    Only Meals on Wheels America Member programs in good standing throughout the grant review period are eligible to apply for and receive a 2017 Meals on Wheels Loves Pets grant. For more information on the Meals on Wheels Loves Pets program, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/petassistance.

    *To be eligible for any Meals on Wheels America funding, your program must be an active Member
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    OTHER NATIONAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

    FUNDING FOR RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROJECTS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is now accepting applications from organizations like yours looking to receive Senior Corps RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) grants. 

    Applicants must support volunteers age 55 years and older in activities that serve community needs and respond to the National Performance Measures within one or more of the following focus areas: disaster, education, economic opportunity, environment, healthy futures, or veterans and military families. 
     
    CNCS is also interested in supporting applicants that contribute to any of the following priorities in addition to a key focus area: elder justice, intergenerational education programming, access to care for opioid abuse, provision of transportation to assist with aging in place, and/or provision of services to assist economically-disadvantaged individuals in their transition to affordable housing.

    Estimated award amounts will vary, based on the scope of the proposed projects. Meals on Wheels America Members may be interested in proposing RSVP volunteer projects around delivering or preparing meals to promote the healthy futures of homebound seniors, or providing transportation to assist clients with aging in place.
     
    Notice of Intent to Apply is due Tuesday, March 7, 2017, and full proposals are due Tuesday, April 4, 2017. For further application details, and to learn more about this funding notice, visit the CNCS website at www.nationalservice.gov/RSVPexpansioncompetition.
     

     

    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA) COMMUNITY FACILITIES DIRECT LOAN & GRANT PROGRAM

    This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas.  An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

    Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and/or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.  Relevant examples of essential community facilities include:

    • Community support services such as community centers (senior centers)
    • Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs or greenhouses

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