• Senior Connection Center Announce Fifth Annual Mini-Grant Opportunity

    The mission of Senior Connection Center (SCC) is to help older adults and persons with disabilities live with independence and dignity. This is a powerful statement and a noble cause that SCC strives to reach on a daily basis through their varied programs and services. As their name implies, SCC connect older adults, caregivers and persons with disabilities to the resources they need, as well as provide critical information where they can make more informed decisions about the resources they are seeking.

    Senior Connection Center's Board of Directors is committed to improving the lives of older adults and persons with disabilities. As a way of accomplishing this, SCC's Board will provide a limited number of mini-grants on an annual basis to address unmet needs impacting vulnerable seniors and persons with disabilities residing in Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk, Highlands and/or Hardee counties.

    Grant requests cannot exceed $3,000. There is not a match requirement for the grant funds. Up to four grants may be awarded annually, but only one per agency.

    Organizations that serve Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk, Highlands and/or Hardee counties that have been in existence for at least two years. Organizations can be non profit, for profit or governmental. To help ensure sustainability, for profit companies must have shown a profit margin in the past two years of at least $200,000 in order to apply.

    Projects must support the mission of Senior Connection Center and meet an existing unmet need identified through needs assessments, surveys, public hearings and key informant interviews conducted by Senior Connection Center. Organizations are strongly encouraged to include innovative strategies in their application. In 2021, the grant funds will focus on unmet needs in the following areas:

    • Nutrition and Access to Better Nutrition
    • Social Isolation and Loneliness Prevention
    • Home Repairs and Chore Services
    Special consideration will be given to rural areas. For purposes of Senior Connection Center's mini-grants, zip code data will be used to determine rurality. If more than 50% of the population within a zip code is designated to live in a non-urban setting, the zip code is defined as a rural zip code. The linked spreadsheet only contains rural zip codes for Senior Connection Center's planning and service area. Click here for link.

    Deadline for Submission: March 5, 2021
    Award Date: May 4, 2021
    Grant Period: June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2022

    For more information and to apply for a mini-grant, click here.