Senior Connection Center Mini-Grant Application Criteria
INTRODUCTION

The mission of the Senior Connection Center is simply to help older adults and persons with disabilities live with independence and dignity. This is a powerful statement and a noble cause that we strive to reach on a daily basis through our varied programs and services. As our name implies, we 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.

We are the Area Agency on Aging and the Aging and Disability Resource Center for the counties of Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk, Highlands and Hardee. We are charged with developing a comprehensive and coordinated system of services throughout our communities that is focused on meeting the identified needs of those we serve. It is imperative that we stay connected to our communities through developing public/private partnerships, conducting needs assessments and outreach events, as well as receiving guidance from a very engaged Board of Directors and Advisory Council.
The vision of the Senior Connection Center is to be the recognized leader in our community who connects older adults, persons with disabilities and caregivers with the information, resources and services they need. This vision is linked clearly to our mission because if individuals receive the services they need, they will live independently and with dignity.


PURPOSE

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 FUNDING LIMIT: Grant requests cannot exceed $3,000. There is not a match requirement for the grant funds. Up to four grants may be awarded.

WHO CAN APPLY: 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.

PROJECT CONSIDERATIONS: 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 2017, the grant funds will be focused on the following areas:
• Nutrition and access to better nutrition
• Isolation prevention
• Home repairs and chore services, specifically in rural areas
• Strategies to improve access to dental care

A selection committee of Senior Connection Center will review applications, with the top candidates receiving an interview. Agencies or organizations who are awarded funds cannot reapply for two years from the date of the application. Any agency or organization not approved may reapply at the next grant cycle.

In addition to your electronic application, the following documents will be required. Please email the following documents to Paula Nelson at paula.nelson@sccmail.org. Please make sure your organization's name is included in the file attachment name.
1)A project budget
2)Copy of 501(c)(3) (if applicable), including date and place of incorporation
3)List of current board members (if applicable)
4)Organization's current budget
5)Last audited financial statements (If you do not have audited financial statements, please submit your most recent tax return.)

Deadline for Submission: March 31, 2017 - 11:59 pm
Award Date: May 1, 2017
Grant Period: June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018

Grant recipients will be expected to have a representative attend Senior Connection Center's Rise & Shine Awards Ceremony on May 2, 2017 at the Embassy Suites - USF. The event begins at 8:30 am.

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