Most federal grants for elderly assistance are given to qualified organisations that provide programs for senior citizen aid and community involvement. Some of these grants are designed to meet the basic needs of senior citizens who are experiencing financial difficulties. Other grants are given to programs that generate volunteer and advisory opportunities for the elderly, keeping them involved in the community.
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Capital Assistance Program
One of the main challenges elderly people face is having a reliable means of transportation, especially if they live in an area where there is no public transportation. The Capital Assistance Program for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities is granted by the U.S. Department of Transportation to assist the Federal Transit Administration's capital assistance program. The grant provides funds to meet the transportation needs of elderly and disabled citizens. Private non-profit organisations and public bodies approved by the state to coordinate services for elderly and disabled persons are eligible sub-recipients for this grant. A pre-application coordination is required, and once the grant is awarded, the state must execute a grant agreement to gain access to the funds. States must submit annual financial and status reports, and retain all pertinent documentation for three years. The range of approval for this grant is 30 to 60 days.
Foster Grandparent Program
The federal Corporation for National and Community Service provides funding for the Foster Grandparent Program, which is a federal project grant. The grant provides funds to qualified organisations and agencies to support foster grandparents in providing one-on-one, supportive services to children with emotional, academic and social development difficulties. The grant money is intended for low-income foster grandparents' transportation, meals, physical examinations and stipends. The funds may also be used for staff travel, and equipment, salaries and rental costs. The service can be provided to children in residential and non-residential facilities, and funds may not be used for religious activities, lobbying or political activities. Eligible foster grandparent must show interest in helping children with exceptional needs, be 55 years of age or older and meet an income of up to 200 per cent of the poverty level outlined by the Department of Health and Human Services. The range of approval for this grant is of 90 to 120 days.
Senior Environmental Employment Program
The Senior Environmental Employment Program is granted by the Environmental Protection Agency and is designed to allow qualified senior citizens to provide assistance to local, state and federal environmental agencies for environmental projects. Some of these projects include: land preservation and restoration, clean air and clean water, abatement, healthy communities and ecosystems, and pollution prevention. Private, non-profit organisations, which are designated by the Secretary of Labor under Title V of the Older Americans Act, are the only ones that are eligible to participate. Pre-application coordination is required, but environmental impact information is not. In order to support ongoing activities of a successful programs, the assistance is incrementally given throughout the life of the agreement. There is no set range of approval for this grant.
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