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    CURRENT MEMBER-ONLY FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

    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 application period for the 2017 grant cycle opens Friday, April 7 and closes on Friday, April 28.

    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

    CURRENT ADMINISTRATION FOR COMMUNITY LIVING (ACL) ADMINISTRATION OF AGING (AOA) GRANT OPPORTUNITIES 

    The Administration for Community Living recently announced two new Administration on Aging grant opportunities to support the delivery and sustainability of evidence-based Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) and Falls Prevention interventions. 
     
    The CDSME funding opportunity will support approximately 8 awards between $500,000 and $900,000. The closing date is Friday, May 12
     
    The Falls Prevention funding opportunity will also support approximately 8 awards, ranging from $500,000 to $600,000. The closing date is Saturday, May 13
     
    An informational conference call to discuss both funding opportunities will take place on April 5 at 2:00 pm ET. More information can be found in the respective funding opportunity announcements.

     

    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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