NEW YORK (March 31, 2022) – Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) announced today a four-year, $19 million grant program to allow older adults living in affordable communities to age safely and securely at home. The Thome Aging Well program will award up to $4 million in grants this year to scale proven housing-based services and support programs in Maryland and Michigan, with grants ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 to nonprofit affordable housing owners and operators as well as local public housing authorities and tribally designated housing entities.
“Housing-based services provide support to older adults with low incomes for many of the most critical issues they face, including physical, mental and financial health,” said Stephany De Scisciolo, vice president, Impact and Evaluation, Enterprise. “Over half of older adults in this country have at least one unmet social need, and there is a large evidence-base proving that in-home solutions work to close this gap.”
Funded by the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation, Bank of America trustee, the Thome Aging Well program will strengthen organizations dedicated to supporting adults aged 55 and older and help to incubate new and innovative programs and share knowledge across a vast partner network.
Enterprise intends to award more than $19 million in grants over the next three years to address many of the structural barriers that hinder the ability of older adults to age with dignity in their homes.
For the first round of grants to scale what’s working, selected grantees will receive the following in addition to the funding:
- Participation in a multi-year learning collaborative that focuses on improving health equity, promoting collective problem-solving and sharing best practices based on the specific needs of the group
- Up to 15 hours of evaluation support
- Attendance at a convening to network with funders in the field to share their work and to make the case for continued support
First-round applications are due May 16, and awards will be announced on June 30. An informational webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 19 at 3 p.m. ET.