Welcome to the Age Friendly Arlington Grant Catalog! Looking for a way to support older adult services and programs in Arlington? Arlington Community Foundation is excited to host the Age Friendly Arlington Grant Catalog featuring grant ideas of 12 local nonprofits with wishes of up to $10,000 each. Click on the "Donate" button for the organization you want to support. You will receive a tax-receipt from the Arlington Community Foundation for your gift. If you do not want your information shared with the organization(s) you support, please select the anonymous donation option. If you have any questions, please contact Natalia Muniz at nmuniz@arlcf.org or 703-243-4785 ext. 200. Thank you for your support!

Grant Requests

Older Adult Programs & Initiatives

Alliance for Arlington Senior Programs
Help AASP Reduce Social Isolation in Arlington 55+ Seniors!
With your help, the Alliance for Arlington Senior Programs (AASP) will work with the Arlington 55+ Center Advisory Committees to reduce social isolation by using the funds for outreach and new programs to increase the Arlington County 55+ membership. AASP was formed to help support and sustain the broad array of programs and services offered to Arlington County's seniors. AASP provides a unique opportunity for community members to play a crucial role in designing, planning, and expanding programs and services for Arlington's 55+ population.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
150.00
 
Arlington Commission on Aging
Expand the "Us Bus" - Seniors walking elementary kids to school
Expand the success of the intergenerational Walking School Bus pilot at Arlington's Oakridge Elementary School to all 24 Arlington Public School elementary schools. Unlike a traditional Walking School Bus, our "bus" had Arlington seniors walking with students to school, with each getting to know the other better along the way. The US BUS matched senior volunteers with students/families to engage seniors and support students walking to school. Regular exercise, cross-generational exchange of ideas, both generations learning safe walking habits, and children knowing they can rely on their feet are among the pilot's many benefits. Our goal for the 2022-23 school year is to roll-out an intergenerational Walking School Bus Tool Kit that could be used to support senior volunteer recruitment Countywide and participation of APS elementary schools systemwide. Your support would allow us to proceed with Tool Kit development/launch, pilot continuity and program expansion, while yielding benefits to Arlington seniors, APS families and the larger community.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
100.00
 
Arlington Neighborhood Village
Senior Ambassadors–A Community Connection for Older Adults
For many older adults, finding and accessing support resources can be challenging—especially for those who lack internet access, are not comfortable searching for information online, speak a different language, or don't have someone they trust to guide them. Older adults need a touchpoint in their community to go to for information — a knowledgeable source that is friendly, open, and trustworthy. The goal of the new Senior Ambassador Program is to help older adults navigate the challenges of aging by improving knowledge of and access to support services in Arlington. Arlington Neighborhood Village will work with the County, Marymount University, nonprofits, and community-based organizations to recruit, train, and manage a diverse group of at least 25 Senior Ambassadors. Please support the new Senior Ambassador Program and help older adults in Arlington remain safe, independent, engaged, and connected to their community.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
850.00
 
Arlington Thrive
Dental Care for Seniors
Arlington Thrive seeks $10,000 in passthrough funding to support our partner, the Arlington Free Clinic, in providing emergency dental care for seniors. Like many medical expenses, dental care quickly becomes unaffordable for seniors who may rely on social security or family for income. Many seniors also rely on Medicare for insurance, which does not cover most basic dental care such as cleanings and tooth extractions. To address this need, Arlington Thrive has a longstanding partnership with Arlington Free Clinic to cover dental costs for their clients. For over three years, Arlington Thrive has spent as much as $5,000 annually on dental care through this program. This grant would allow us to continue this essential service for senior members of our community who may not have alternatives to secure much-needed healthcare.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
 
Capital Caring
Support the Hospice Volunteer Program in Arlington
Capital Caring Health (CCH) is proud to celebrate its 45th anniversary of providing the highest quality and compassion-based advanced illness, and end-of-life care to patients of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. CCH Volunteers are caring, compassionate people whose goal is to make a meaningful, lasting impact in the lives of those in our community. They provide respite for weary caregivers, companionship to patients, and sit vigil with patients so no one dies alone. Volunteers sew blankets and Caring Bears, arrange and deliver flowers, provide birthday celebration items, and assemble pediatric enrichments. Arlington's Volunteer team members personally visit and call patients, provide pet therapy, and coordinate and participate in Veteran's recognition ceremonies.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
 
Culpepper Garden
Assisted living care for low income older adults
Culpepper Garden was the first community of its kind in the nation and is still the only one in Arlington dedicated to providing subsidized assisted living care for older adults with limited incomes. The assisted-living program serves approximately 90 very low-income seniors per year. Without the support that Culpepper Garden provides, many of the residents we serve would have very few options for quality long-term care due to their limited incomes. Once we bring in a resident with a care subsidy, they have a home until the end of their lives. We never ask a resident to leave once they are in our care due to lack of funds. Public funds cover a portion of some of our residents' rental and services expenses, but private donations are critical to meeting all our resident's needs. With your help, we can ensure older adults receive the care and social interactions that significantly enhance their quality of life.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
 
Goodwin Living Foundation
Goodwin Hospice enhances quality & dignity for end-of-life care
Goodwin Hospice wants to support older adults and their loved ones through enhanced services that benefit our patients the most. We want to provide areas of support that allow our patients to spend time with those they love and less time with the burdens of logistical details such as transportation and medication delivery. We want to secure funds for transportation to medical appointments, medication delivery, and supporting loved ones with respite care. We want to reduce social isolation for our patients with a comprehensive array of therapies - pet therapy, music and art therapy, and massage therapy. We also believe in offering end-of-life doulas as an option to our patients as they consider how they would like to live out their last days. We want to help our patients live out their remaining days however they envision them – that might mean helping a loved one fly across the country for a last visit or helping someone get the treatment they need for the strength to live out their last days at home. Whatever it is, we want to be there alongside our patients and their families with the highest quality of care and support.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
 
Healwell
Decrease social isolation through massage at Culpepper Garden
Healwell has been providing massage therapy in DC area hospitals, clinics, and medical facilities since 2010 and is looking forward to bringing clinically appropriate, adapted touch to the residents of Culpepper Garden. The goal of this program will be to increase comfort and to decrease social isolation. The residents of Culpepper Garden have a variety of needs and specific considerations related to social connection and support in their community. Healwell and Culpepper Garden will work together to create impactful opportunities for residents to experience skilled, comfort-oriented touch as well as socialization around touch instruction.
Requested
9,945.00
Funded
0.00
 
PathForward (formerly A-SPAN)
Mental Health Support for Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness
Please support our new initiative to provide older clients with life-saving mental health services and safe housing options. PathForward has proactively hired a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) to accompany our Mobile Medical Program that provides services to people living on the streets of Arlington. The LCSW compassionately identifies experiences that lead to cognitive impairment and, at times, late onset of mental illness such as schizophrenia. PathForward's LCSW, Nurse Practitioner, and Registered Nurse collaborate to provide older adults with judgement-free, patient-centered care. Since 1992, PathForward has provided stability and life-saving services to people experiencing homelessness in Arlington. Your support will help us change people's lives!
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00
 
Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church
RT-AFF makes critical home repairs for low-income households
Nearly 80% of older adults would prefer to stay in their current home as long as possible. Homes that met their needs well for decades can now pose a challenge to their safety and independence, but many low-income adults can't afford these modifications and repairs. Rebuilding Together Arlington/Fairfax/Falls Church provides critical home repairs and modifications at no cost to low-income homeowners. We are also piloting a program to provide accessibility modifications for low-income renters. We do this by mobilizing community volunteers and contractors to complete repairs to make homes safer and healthier and to help older adults safely age in place. Our repairs focus on: falls reduction interventions (e.g., grab bars and railings); accessibility modifications (e.g., wheelchair ramps and stairlifts); fire prevention strategies (e.g., clothes dryer duct repairs); and basic repairs (e.g., minor plumbing and electrical). Your support will provide the critical home repairs needed for older adults in our community to stay safe in their own homes.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
250.00
 
Seabury Resources for Aging
Seabury Resources for Aging: Centenarians Today
Seabury proposes to capture the stories of eight Arlington older adults who have reached the significant milestone of turning 100 years of age. The Centenarians Today project aims to spotlight the life journey and contributions of local older adults by capturing stories through a short podcast and video series. Seabury's project team will curate the stories and disseminate them through local libraries, schools, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, and the Commission on Aging in Arlington County. We will host discussions with subject matter experts, aging equity advocates, and service providers online to amplify opportunities to create community connections through ongoing engagement and online discussions. We will capture themes, questions, responses, and comments from the online content as a means of documenting the impact of the project to connect older adults to local resources and inspire hope and resiliency for those who reach 100 years of age in the not-so-distant future.
Requested
7,000.00
Funded
50.00
 
St. Agnes Catholic Church
Charitable service and aid for the elderly in need.
The Saint Agnes community has a long history of caring for the needy, the infirmed, and the elderly. We have many eager volunteers ready to answer the calling of charitable programs for Arlington. The areas of aid and service that we deliver for the elderly community of Arlington include meals, transportation, financial aid, and companionship.
Requested
10,000.00
Funded
0.00