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Services for the Elderly

Grants are awarded to charitable organizations providing direct services for our community’s older citizens who are still living in their homes. Eligible services will:

  • Encourage and enable older adults to live independently, outside of institutional settings and address specific needs that allow independent living to continue.
  • Support wellness and exercise activities that encourage better health for older adults, specifically those that are still living in their homes.
  • Provide positive social and recreational opportunities for older adults who are otherwise isolated or unable to participate in community programs.

Grant Application Guidelines

Services for the Elderly iFund FAQ

  1. Who is eligible to receive a Services for the Elderly iFund grant?
    501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide direct services for seniors (65+ years), which enables the senior to continue to live independently in their homes. The organization must be located in and have a governing board in central Oklahoma. Applicants must be an employee of the nonprofit organization and the organization must have a GiveSmartOKC profile.
  2. Can funds from this grant support operating costs?
    The only staff costs that will be considered will be those directly related to the service provided. No administrative costs will be considered.
  3. What is the grant amount awarded per organization?
    Grants will range from $5,000 - $20,000
  4. How can I apply?
    Email the name of your organization, a brief description of your project, the target population served by the project and how funds from the Community Foundation will be utilized to ifund@occf.org before the grant access deadline passes.
  5. What programs and projects are considered?
    • Programs that provide services which enable seniors to live independently in their homes
    • Programs that encourage wellness and exercise for seniors, specifically those living independently in their homes
    • Programs that provide positive recreational and social opportunities for seniors to reduce isolation
    Preference for applications that:
    • Demonstrate a collaborative partnership between two or more organizations
    Please review guidelines for more details.
  6. What does the Services for the Elderly iFund generally not fund?
    No grants will be made for capital campaigns, fundraising events, research projects, Mobile Meals, vehicle purchases, clinical equipment or facility construction.
  7. If my organization received a Services for the Elderly iFund grant last year, am I eligible to apply this year?
    You may apply this year if the grant is fully closed, meaning all funds have been expended and all follow-up grant reports have been submitted.
  8. My organization has a current grant through one of the other iFund opportunities (Opportunities for Children or Access to Health Care). Am I eligible to apply for the Services for the Elderly iFund?
    Yes, but only if it is for a different program. We will not consider funding the same program with two different iFund grants.
  9. Are applications submitted online?
    Yes, after submitting an email requesting access to the application (see question 4). If your proposed program and organization appear to meet the guidelines, you will receive an email with a link and access code to the online application.
  10. Will the organizations that apply receive notification if they are not approved?
    Yes, all organizations that submit an application will be notified of funding decisions.
  11. What is the logic model which is referenced in the grant application and follow-up reporting?
    A logic model is the visual tool which depicts the shared relationship between the resources, activities, outputs, outcomes and the intended impact of the program. Click here to view the logic model.

Recent Grants

Compassionate Hands – $15,000 to provide transportation for underserved seniors to medical appointments, wellness activities and personal errands.

Hearts for Hearing Foundation – $20,000 for the “Hearing Matters” group learning program to keep seniors with hearing loss active and independent.

Oklahoma City Ballet – $20,000 awarded to the Golden Swans and Dance for Parkinson’s programs that provide free ballet classes to help improve senior mobility.

Rebuilding Together OKC – $20,000 to assist low-income, elderly homeowners with critical maintenance and repairs for a safe living environment.

RSVP of Central Oklahoma – $20,000 to provide medical transportation for low-income, homebound seniors in Oklahoma County.

Sunbeam Family Services – $20,000 for the Senior Companion Program, which connects active, able-bodied seniors with homebound seniors to provide daily support and interaction.

The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command – $20,000 to support The Salvation Army Senior Centers, which engage seniors with supervised exercise, wellness programing and hot meals.

University of Central Oklahoma Foundation – $16,900 to improve the brain health and physical independence of seniors living in residences of the Oklahoma City Housing Authority (OCHA).

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