Community Impact Grants

2017 Grants

As a faith-based ministry providing an array of services for older adults, NLCS is interested in supporting the work of other non-profit organizations, including congregations and community-based programs, that address the critical needs of seniors today. NLCS, in conjunction with Holleran Consulting, conducted a community needs assessment of the geographic area that NLCS serves – Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The survey identified the following as among the most pressing issues facing older adults:

  • Chronic disease management
  • Navigating and accessing health care and social services
  • Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and memory loss
  • Social isolation
  • Poverty and financial insecurity

Older adults often need assistance with home maintenance and activities of daily living. Non-clinical services, such as providing access to healthy food or offering exercise programs, may help in the management of chronic diseases. Caregivers, particularly family members, seek support as well as temporary respite from their daily responsibilities. Seniors desire companionship and interaction with the broader community, including younger generations. Providing these kinds of services at reduced or no cost can help address financial needs.

Grant proposals for the 2017 period will be accepted beginning June 1, 2016 and must be submitted on or before August 15, 2016, in order to be considered. The proposal form and required attachments can be submitted through here.  Proposals submitted in any other manner will not be considered.

All applicants will be notified on or about November 15, 2016 as to whether their application will be funded and, if so, at what amount. If it chooses to do so, the Advisory Council may award a limited number of multi-year grants. Recipients of multi-years, however, will be ineligible to reapply for another grant for at least two years following the end of the award period. 

End of Year reports for the 2016 grant recipients, due by January 31, 2017, are to be submitted through here.

Successful applicants will be expected to agree to the terms of the grant award letter, including the standard terms and conditions. The current standard terms and conditions can be accessed here.

Organizations receiving a grant of $5,000 or less will receive the entire amount upon the awarding of the grant. Grants in excess of that amount will be paid in two installments, the second installment upon receipt of a mid-year progress report. All grantees will be expected to complete a final report following the end of 2017; any funds remaining must be repaid to NLCS.

Questions should be directed to communityimpact@nationallutheran.org or 301-354-2703 and ask for Community Impact.

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