Senior Citizens Services Grants

Our latest partner in aiding the aging of Pinellas

Housing

Wellness

Senior Support Services

The Pinellas Community Foundation (PCF) is honored to announce the establishment of its newest $10 million donor-advised fund by Senior Citizens Services, Inc. (SCS). SCS is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1960 which has enlisted extensive grant management expertise of PCF for the benefit of seniors 55+ in Pinellas County.

The mission of the Senior Citizens Services fund is to give help and guidance to those citizens residing in Pinellas County who are fifty-five year of age or older by making charitable contributions to qualified charitable organizations and governmental entities which provide help and guidance to those citizens.

This fund brings together two foundations committed to addressing the needs of older adults in Pinellas County.

2020 Grants Overview

Grants awarded in the coming year will apply to programs that help seniors 55+ in Housing, Wellness and Senior Support Services.

Grant TypeMax. FundingApplication
Timeline*
Award
Notification
Project
Timeline
Housing$15,000JAN 1-31FEB 21APR 1, 2020 – MAR 31, 2021
Wellness$15,000APR 1-30MAY 12JUNE 1, 2020 – MAY 31, 2021
Senior Support Services$15,000OCT 1-14**NOV 20JAN 1, 2021 – DEC 31, 2021

* The grant application period closes at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the date listed above
** SCS is using an adapted Letter of Intent process for this grant cycle, shortening the window for open submission.

SCS took the bold move to seek a public foundation to administer a donor-advised fund on our behalf. Now we can enjoy grant-making and the decision-making that goes with it. Pinellas Community Foundation will manage foundation administration.
Bill Sturtevant
SCS Board President

We are honored by the faith shown in us by SCS to efficiently and effectively manage their charitable investment while easing their burdens and earning their ongoing confidence.
Duggan Cooley
PCF CEO

Granting Process

Access to the online application system can be found by clicking the APPLY NOW link at the bottom of this page.

Senior Citizens Services (SCS) provides grant support to nonprofit agencies that help improve the quality of life for Pinellas residents age 55 and older (also known as the ACT II generation).

SCS grantees are 501(c)(3) organizations and government agencies selected on a competitive basis. Grant applications are carefully vetted based on community needs and the ability to complete proposed projects. Qualified applicants may receive grants of $800 to $15,000 depending on community needs and available funds.

While many organizations create programs of good works for the community, grant awards are limited to those designated as a 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and government agencies.

Pinellas Community Foundation and Senior Citizens Services, Inc. do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status in any of its activities or operations.

Application and Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be 501(c)(3) or government agency
  2. All projects and funds must be spent in Pinellas County
  3. Funds must be used exclusively to serve persons 55+
  4. The request for funding is specific to the funding priority (Housing, Wellness, or Senior Support Services)
  5. The application must be completed online and in full
  6. All funding is awarded on a competitive basis regardless of funding history
  7. Grantees must agree to acknowledge Senior Citizens Services in external communications

Community Impact Report

A six-month and 12-month Impact Report are required from all grant recipients. Instructions for completion are included in each grant award letter. Failure to submit either a 6-month or a 12-month Impact Report will affect the consideration of future funding.

Minimum Required Acknowledgements

  1. SCS logo must be posted on grantee website with a link to https://pinellascf.org/scs. You may find a copy of the logo here: https://pinellascf.org/grants/agency-resources/
  2. The SCS logo must appear on collateral, letterhead and other external marketing materials that feature sponsors (where appropriate)
  3. Provide up to 3 SCS/PCF board members and/or staff with an annual tour of facilities

Exceptions to these requirements must be made in writing with or before application

Informational Webinar

Grant Types

Housing Grants

Housing grant applications will be accepted between January 1 and January 31, 2020. Funds may be used for the following purposes:

 

  • Financial assistance (rent subsidies, etc.)
  • Housing referral assistance and education
  • Housing repair
  • Relocation assistance (including required deposits)
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Aging in Place assistance (wheelchair ramp, door widening, etc.)
  • Other house-related services with the exceptions of utilities

Wellness Grants

Note: Priority will be given to projects addressing increased need arising from the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas listed below. If your organization is unable to deliver services given current social distancing guidelines and the COVID-19 pandemic, please do not apply under this cycle.

Wellness grant applications will be accepted between April 1 and April 30, 2020. Funds may be used for the following purposes:

 

  • Wellness services or activities
  • Nutrition
  • Mental health counseling

Senior Support Services Grants

If your organization doesn’t fit into one of the categories above, but you primarily offer services to senior citizens, you may qualify for one of our other grants. Letters of Intent for these grants will be accepted between October 1 and October 14, 2020. These grants may be used for:

 

  • Transportation
  • Utilities assistance
  • Homemaker/personal care
  • Elder abuse prevention
  • Legal services
  • Kinship Care

Questions and Deadlines

If you have any questions or technological problems, don’t hesitate to reach out to PCF staff. Please see the table above to view specific deadlines for each type of grant. Do not wait until the last week to begin the application.

Applications must be submitted by the date listed above in the informational table. Only online submissions are accepted. Please remember to click the submit button prior to the deadline. Applications in the system that are not submitted will be marked abandoned at the deadline.

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