Grants for Senior Citizens



In the United States, many Americans are in financial distress.  Individuals of all ages are finding it difficult to make their mortgage payments and pay their utility bills.  In this instance, many are automatically attracted to free money.  After all, who wouldn’t love free money?  Unfortunately, many individuals get inaccurate information.


The United States government has many resources to help Americans get out of debt, but these resources rarely come in the form of free money or government grants.  There are a few exceptions however.  They deal with senior citizens.  If you are a senior citizen or know someone is continue reading on for information in which you or your loved one may be eligible for government grants.


The most common types of government grants you will find available for senior citizens focus on housing improvements.  For example, there are grants available for rural housing repairs.  This grant enables qualifying senior citizens to update, repair, or modernize their rural home to eliminate safety hazards.  This specific grant comes with many restrictions.  For starters, those under the age of 62 are automatically exempt from grants.  Instead, they get a government-funded loan.  Next, the location of the home must be a rural area.  This is a low-income loan.  Senior citizens must fall below the area’s median income.  Individuals who do not qualify for this safety improvement grant will be encouraged to seek a loan.  In some cases, combination loans and grants may be obtained.


Similar to the above mentioned grant, is a rural housing natural disaster relief grant.  As with safety improvements, both grants and loans are available.  This government grant is also designed for low-income seniors 62 years of age and up.  It is for those unable to repay a loan.  This grant is designed to replace or repair property damaged from a natural disaster.  These funds can kick in after FEMA assistance has been provided.  Grant recipients must show proof of ownership, proof of needed, and must live in an area declared a disaster by the United States President.


The two above grants are a few you will find for individual senior citizens through the federal government.  Unfortunately, they are somewhat rare.  Most often, government grants for senior citizens are given to non-profit organizations that extend services to seniors.  If you are concerned with the affordable activities and services available to senior citizens in your community, don’t sit back and do nothing.  Contact local government officials and non-profit organizations.  Although you may be unable to receive a government grant to make improvements to your local senior center, others can.


Government grants sound nice because they are free money, but most senior citizens are unable to qualify for and apply for grants on their own.  Aside from contacting local non-profit organizations and government officials, make use of other state and federal assistance programs.  Many are designed for senior citizens.  Medicaid and Medicare can help get seniors much needed medical coverage.  Food stamps, food banks, and other similar programs can give seniors access to affordable and healthy foods.  Many state and county government organizations have heating assistance programs to make heating a home more affordable.  These government assistance programs rarely come in the form of a loan; instead they are designed to provide Americans with moneysaving discounts.


In short, no harm can come from examining grants to find those for senior citizens.  However, you are advised against setting your expectations too high.  If you find an ideal grant that is only available for non-profit organizations, state or county governments, pass the information on to the appropriate group.  Although you do not receive the funds directly, you and other senior citizens can benefit from them.